LSCI is trauma-informed care in action! Alex Cameron, Director of Clinical Services, Pressley Ridge

Books By LSCI Trainers

We are proud to feature books and book chapters authored and/or edited by LSCI Trainers! In the section below, please browse from our comprehensive selection of professionally-written and published works.


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  • How to Be Angry: Strategies to Help Kids Express Anger Constructively

    Press Review:
    “In her revised edition of How to Be Angry: Strategies to Help Kids Express Anger Constructively, Signe has taken her original excellent work to an entire new level. This book integrates the current knowledge of how our brain grows and develops into this critically important topic. She has organized 20 sessions that educators, mental health workers or anyone working with children can use with children they support. It is a complete ready to use program that will help you teach children about this critical human emotion and allow them to recognize it and use anger constructively. Anger is an emotion that our children as well as the adults who serve them, can learn to feel and express in appropriate ways. This is an exceptional resource!!:
    –Michael McKnight, 4 Directions Seminars

    *For use with children and teenagers aged 5 – 18
    *Complete, ready-to-use program including 20 lessons
    *The book is accompanied by downloadable additional resources demonstrating the activities and offering adaptations for parents.

    Click here to purchase your copy on or Jessica Kingsley Publishers

  • Parenting the Challenging Child: The 4-Step Way to Turn Problem Situations Into Learning Opportunities


    After more than three decades of helping professionals work with some of the most challenging children, the LSCI Institute now adapts its brain-based, trauma-informed, kid-centered approach to the unique needs of parents and caregivers. Parenting the Challenging Child: The 4-Step Way to Turn Problem Situations Into Learning Opportunities provides readers with:

    * Specific skills for building more positive relationships with kids
    * Proven strategies for de-escalating stressful situations
    * A reliable 4-step framework for turning common problem situations into lasting learning opportunities

    After reading this solution-focused book, you will be equipped with new skills to identify and change six problematic patterns of behavior in young people. Even more importantly, you will learn about yourself and how simple changes in the way you interact with your loved ones during a problem situation can significantly improve your relationship and their future behaviors.

    STILL THINKING ABOUT IT? Read an excerpt!

    From Chapter 1: The Dynamics of Conflict Between Parent & Child

    From Chapter 5: What to Do When Kids Turn Their Anger on Parents


    Click to learn about our 2-hour online training as well as our live (also available via Zoom) training workshops.

  • Relational Child & Youth Care in Action

    Heather Modlin, James Freeman, Christine Gaitens and Thom Garfat – editors

    ISBN 978-0-6399718-9-6 (Paperback)
    Published: January 2021
    Pages: 237

    A must read. This book ‘resets’ insights into meaningful relational Child and Youth Care practice – and the related complexities of the profession. This compilation of relational Child and Youth Care wisdom, from within the field, not only draws together all that is core to Child and Youth Care, but also critically evaluates the application to and impact on every aspect of professional practice and focused outcomes for young people, families and the professional practitioners who journey with them through trauma, change and healing.
    – Lee Loynes Chief Executive Officer, Girls and Boys Town South Africa and Board Member of the CYC-Net Board of Governors

    All proceeds from the book are donated to the International Child and Youth Care Network (CYC-Net), a global non-profit which promotes learning and accountable practice among those who work with children, youth and families.

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  • Sacred Sanction: Sense and Nonsense in Parenting & Education

    Author: Gerrit De Moor

    Where evolutionary theory, history, education, (ortho)pedagogy, philosophy and anthropology meet, the sense and nonsense of punishment in parenting and education is thoroughly analyzed. And what about rewarding? It turns out that rewarding is based on the same principles as punishment. That is why the author introduces connectedness as the origin and goal of human relations. Sanctioning is next introduced as an alternative for punishment and rewarding.

  • The Art of Kid Whispering: Reaching the Inside Kid

    Authors: JC Chambers & Mark Freado

    This is a book designed to encourage and assist counselors, parents, teachers and youth workers. The reader will find a description of what is meant by the term “KId Whipsering” as well as important assumptions. The reader is then guided through a discussion of critical concepts that will equip them to be more effective at understanding kid's costumes, reaching beyond that costume, addressing the inside kid, appreciating the young person's story and challenging youth to make more effective, positive choices.

    Available at: Amazon

  • Unwritten, The Story of a Living System: A Pathway to Enlivening and Transforming Education

    Authors: Lori Desautels & Michael McKnight

    There's never been a more chaotic and tenuous time in our nation's educational story. Learning is the most natural thing human beings do. Yet, it seems the “harder” we work in schools helping our students to acquire the learning they need, the academic performances stay stagnant or lessen. Schools are not machines. Schools are a network of human beings who feel, think, behave, and function within a human system that is alive and never static. Schools are living systems! This system is wired to thrive, even through difficult times – Lori and Michael believe that we can begin to create wholeness and connection within our schools mindfully and by design. We can create places where all children thrive.

    Available at: Amazon

  • The Hopeful Brain: NeuroRelational Repair for Disconnected Children & Youth

    Authors: Paul Baker, Meredith White-McMahon

    Over the past two decades, significant advancement has been made in
    understanding the role the brain plays in human behavior. Along with
    this new and exciting information emerges a responsibility for
    therapeutic professionals to have a solid understanding of the “brain
    basics” needed to support the lives of troubled children and youth. The
    Hopeful Brain authors provide a common-sense look at modern neuroscience
    and its application to positive youth development, psychology and
    educational support. Baker and White-McMahon take on the often daunting
    world of complex neuroscience and provide readers with practical
    strategies that are easy to use and apply across a variety of settings.

    This book explores the importance of using strength-based interventions and
    creating structured opportunities to “reimburse” troubled children and
    youth with positive experiences that teach and transform.

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  • The Minded Brain: An Educational Curriculum to Enhance Social, Emotional and Cultural Experiences, Elementary Version

    Authors: Dr. Cynthia Ford & Dr. Paul Baker

    According to Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that can enhance personal development, establish satisfying interpersonal relationships, and lead to effective and ethical work and productivity. These include the competencies to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show caring and concern for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.
    Research indicates that there is a direct link between social and emotional skills and academic learning. According to CASEL many risky behaviors can be prevented or reduced when social and emotional learning is integrated into the curriculum. This is best done through explicit instruction and through student-centered learning approaches that help students engage in the learning process and develop analytical, communication, and collaborative skills.

    The Minded Brain is a “hands-on” educational curriculum designed to enhance the social, emotional and cultural needs of students through target experiential learning activities. It uses targeted instructional techniques to support social emotional learning within an easy-to-use NeuroRelational framework.

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  • Friendship & Other Weapons: Group Activities to Help Young Girls Cope with Bullying

    Author: Signe Whitson

    Long before most school programs begin anti-bullying campaigns, young girls are getting a full education in social aggression. Girls as young as age five are experiencing acts of bullying, disguised as friendship, that shake the carefully laid foundations of their self-image, personal values, and beliefs about peer relationships. Based on thought-provoking discussions, engaging games, strength-discovering exercises, and confidence-boosting fun, the hands-on activities in Friendship and Other Weapons build critical knowledge and friendship survival skills such as: Recognizing the Red Flags of Girl Bullying Responding Assertively to Bullying Behavior Realizing Personal Strengths Becoming an Ally to Others Facing Bullying Resolving Conflicts Directly Using Technology and Social Media Ethically This photocopiable resource book provides educators, social workers and counsellors with a complete, ready-to-use group curriculum to help young girls aged 5 11 build constructive and fulfilling friendships.

    Available at: Amazon

  • 8 Keys to End Bullying: Strategies for Parents & Schools

    Author: Signe Whitson

    Tackling an all-too-prevalent problem among kids with 8 smart, practical strategies.
    Groundbreaking books have peered into the psychology of bullying and the cultural climate that―seemingly now more than ever―gives rise to such cruelty and aggression. But few have been able to synthesize what we know into 8 simple, targeted “keys” that equip educators, professionals, and parents with practical strategies to tackle the issue head-on. This book answers that call. In 8 core strategies, this book details how to establish meaningful connections with kids, create a positive school climate, address cyberbullying, build social emotional competence, reach out to kids who bully, empower bystanders, and much, much more.

    Available at: Amazon

  • The 8 Keys to End Bullying Activity Program for Kids & Tweens: Putting the Keys Into Action at Home & School (8 Keys to Mental Health)

    Author: Signe Whitson

    Organized around the groundbreaking principles of 8 Keys to End Bullying, this two-book program builds key social-emotional skills in young readers, empowering them to cope with conflict and end bullying in their communities and schools. Kids can complete the activities independently or alongside a caring adult.
    The 8 Keys to End Bullying Activity Book for Kids & Tweens: Activities, Quizzes, Games, & Skills for Putting the Keys Into Action offers dozens of simple worksheets, games, and targeted resources to cultivate (1) assertiveness, emotion management, and friendship skills in kids vulnerable to bullying, (2) problem-solving skills for kids who witness bullying, and (3) empathy and kindness skills in kids who are likely to bully their peers.

    The 8 Keys to End Bullying Activity Book Companion Guide for Parents & Educators, a “leader’s manual” for the Activity Book, provides helpful guidelines and vital background information for leading kids through each lesson.

    Available at: Amazon

  • Journal of Child and Youth Care Work Volume 25

    This edition of the Journal of Child and Youth Care work provides a rich portrait for the evolving strengths of trauma-informed care across practice settings of our field; from program informed by policy to the most recent advances in direct care tools and techniques.

    2015, 247 pages, 6″ x 9″ soft cover

    Author: James Freeman
    Freeman, J. (2015). Trauma and relational care: Integrating an awareness of trauma into the characteristics of relational child and youth care. Journal of Child and Youth Care Work, 25, 120-132.
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