Welcome, professionals! Here, you will find all of the basic information you need about training events available through the LSCI Institute,  including course descriptions, continuing education and graduate credit opportunities, online courses, and group training opportunities.

LEVEL 1 CERTIFICATION COURSE

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LEVEL 1 CERTIFICATION COURSE

Who should take LSCI?

We have found that many adults who work with troubled and troubling children and youth are not aware of how to use crisis as an opportunity for teaching and learning. Often students will say things or do things that take us by surprise. As a result, we freeze up and don’t know how to respond. This is why LSCI is so powerful. LSCI training will give you a cognitive road map with clear outcome goals for your work with kids.


List of Courses


Title: LSCI 101: LSCI Overview

This 2-hour Overview training will help participants understand LSCI as a science-based, trauma-informed intervention that integrates easily with existing behavior management processes and programs. The LSCI Conflict Cycle™ is explained as a fundamental paradigm for understanding the dynamics of escalating conflict and no-win power struggles between adults and kids. Participants will gain specific skills for breaking the Conflict Cycle and de-escalating problem situations with young people.


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Title: LSCI 201: Introduction to LSCI

This 1-day Introduction to LSCI course teaches the foundational skills of reaching out to young people during conflict and turning problem situations into learning opportunities. In addition to the skills taught in the LSCI Overview course, participants will learn:

  • Key differences in the psychological worlds of adults and kids that often lead to conflict
  • Specific skills for listening to young people in ways that build trust and cultivate communication
  • The LSCI skills of Drain Off© and Timeline© to de-escalate a young person in crisis and help that young person put language to emotion, leading to insights and long-term behavioral change
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Title: LSCI 301: Talking with Students in Conflict

This 2-day Talking with Students in Conflict course teaches both foundational and intervention skills for reaching out to young people and turning problem situations into learning opportunities. In addition to the skills taught in the Introduction to LSCI course, participants will learn:

  • How to carry out each of the six stages of the Life Space Crisis Intervention process
  • How to help young people who act out in stress, sparking explosive and endless power struggles using the Red Flag intervention
  • How to help young people who make poor decisions based on distorted perceptions & thoughts, using the Reality Rub intervention
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Title: LSCI 401: LSCI Certification Training

The LSCI Certification training teaches both foundational and intervention skills for reaching out to young people and turning problem situations into learning opportunities. In addition to the skills taught in the Talking with Students in Conflict, participants will learn:

  • How to carry out all six of the LSCI Interventions to bring about long-term behavioral changes in young people. In addition to the Red Flag and Reality Rub interventions, participants will learn:
  • How to help young people who have the right intentions but lack the social skills to be successful
  • How to help young people who are purposefully aggressive with little conscience
  • How to help young people who act in impulsive ways due to feelings of shame and inadequacy
  • How to help young people who become entangled in destructive peer relationships

The LSCI Certification training is a competency-based training offering advanced professional skills. Teachers, special educators, school administrators, social workers, counselors, youth care workers, administrators, psychologists, and any professionals in direct contact with troubled youth will gain from the advanced intervention skills offered in this course. It is particularly useful when team members are trained together.
Certification in LSCI includes:

  • A comprehensive Participant’s Manual covering the training and techniques
  • The text Life Space Crisis Intervention: Talking with Students in Conflict
  • Instructor-led teaching and modeling of intervention skills
  • Real-life video sequences
  • Structured and small group activities
  • Realistic role-play activities
  • Demonstration of skills requirement in order to earn certification

Upon successful completion of the training, participants receive a Certificate of Competency in Life Space Crisis Intervention from the LSCI Institute.

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Title: LSCI 501: LSCI Senior Trainer Certification

Qualified professionals wishing to become certified as Senior Trainers for the LSCI Institute complete the Train the Trainer program, using the Online Refresher & Advanced Certification courses as well as co-training and mentorship by a current Senior Trainer(s). For details, please contact Signe Whitson at signewhitson@lsci.org

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Title: LSCI 102: Turning Down the Heat: Preventing Conflict & Counter-aggression

More than 80% of classroom problems are caused by 10% of students who challenge and undermine teacher authority. These students are skilled in frustrating adults and pushing the emotional buttons of even the most competent teachers.

Most teachers are irritated by the behavior of select, challenging students. This is to be expected. Few teachers are trained to understand and acknowledge these normal counter-aggressive feelings. Problems develop when competent teachers stay angry at a student. When a conflict develops, teachers are less likely to perceive accurately, think clearly, and reason coherently. Though competent teachers rarely initiate conflicts with students, they often keep them alive though their unintended, counter-productive reactions.

Turning Down the Heat documents four of the most common reasons that teachers become counter-aggressive with select students and offers specific skills to manage conflict in the classroom. This unique training is about you and not your students; it leads to powerful insights which will change the way you think and behave when you are angry.

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Title: LSCI 103: The Angry Smile: Understanding & Changing Passive Aggressive Behavior

The Angry Smile course is designed for anyone who lives, works, or interacts with a passive aggressive person and wants to better understand and manage the often- troubling dynamics. This 1-day training takes an in-depth look at the roots of passive aggressive behavior, exploring masked anger at five distinct and increasingly pathological levels. The course features the Passive Aggressive Conflict Cycle™ as well as eight specific skills that professionals (and anyone interacting with a passive aggressive person) can use to respond effectively to the troubling behavior. The Angry Smile course also trains participants in a six-step process for confronting and changing passive aggressive behaviors in the long-term, using extensive discussion, video examples, and role play.

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Title: LSCI 104: LSCI Skills for Parents

This course presents foundational LSCI concepts such as the Conflict Cycle™, effective listening, Drain Off© and Timeline© skills through engaging activities and discussions that are relevant and accessible to parents and caregivers.

To find an LSCI Skills for Parents Trainer in your area, please visit our Available Locations page or contact us to arrange to bring a Trainer to your area for groups of 10+.

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Online Courses

Based on the thousands of course evaluations submitted each year by our course participants, we know that LSCI training is highly regarded as a valuable & enduring professional investment. We are also well aware, however, that making the commitment to spend 5+ days away from work and to spend funds on travel and lodging can be a daunting decision and one that keeps too many potential participants away from choosing LSCI training.

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Cancellation and Refund

Participants can cancel up to 48 hours* prior to the beginning of a training course and receive a refund, less the cost of materials and shipping. Cancellations made after this time or during the class are not eligible for a monetary refund. However, participants will be permitted to re-enroll in a subsequent LSCI training course and apply the full amount of their paid fees.

*Some National Training Sites may require more than 48 hours notice for cancellations and refunds. Please contact your individual Trainer/Training Site for details.

Grievance Policy

Any grievances regarding LSCI Training should be communicated directly to the LSCI Trainer(s) leading the course. If a grievance can not be resolved directly with the Trainer, it should be submitted in writing, using the standard course evaluation or sent via email to signewhitson@lsci.org. Participants will receive a direct response to their grievance.

GET STARTED: Register for Training

Thanks so much for taking the time to learn more about the advanced reclaiming skills of Life Space Crisis Intervention. We invite you to select from the options listed below so that you can join thousands of your colleagues all over the world in becoming LSCI certified!

By location:
If you prefer to attend LSCI training in a specific geographic location and your schedule is flexible, please check out our list of Training Sites. Select the Training Site closest to your desired location and get in touch with the contact person listed, either by e-mail or telephone.

By schedule:
If you prefer a specific time frame to attend LSCI training and have the flexibility to travel, please check out our Calendar. Select the Training Site that best meets your availability for training and get in touch with the contact person listed, either by e-mail or telephone.

To your doorstep at your convenience:
LSCI Trainers often travel to provide training for groups at their location, at their convenience. If the locations or schedules posted on the site will not work for your group, please send an e-mail to signewhitson@lsci.org with the details of your needs. Be sure to include your location, the number of people you are interested in having certified in LSCI, the time frame in which your participants are available for training (e.g. only in the summer, Fall is preferred, December 10-14 is a MUST, etc), and any other information that will help us connect you with a Trainer that can bring LSCI to your doorstep!

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