LSCI is an advanced, interactive therapeutic strategy, developed to turn crisis situations into learning opportunities for children and youth with chronic patterns of self-defeating behaviors. LSCI views problems or stressful incidents as opportunities for learning, growth, insight, and change. This non-physical intervention program uses a multi-theoretical approach to behavior management and problem solving. LSCI provides staff a roadmap through conflict to desired outcomes using crisis as an opportunity to teach and create positive relationships. It aims to change behavior, reduce anxiety, increase self- esteem and enhance understanding of the behavior of others.
LSCI was initially developed to handle crisis situations where children and youth display self-defeating behavior. However, it’s basic principles are also highly relevant when working with adults. They are perfectly fit to support professionals working in a penitentiary setting, to learn them how to turn crisis situations into learning opportunities for inmates.
The training describes the various aspects of a ‘conflict cycle’, by addressing different elements that can lead to a crisis and offering a method to recognize emotions and anxieties that often cause self-defeating behavior. The training also delivers insight into the six stages of the LSCI process, and how this process can be applied to different forms of self-destructive behavior. Participants learn how to handle a crisis situation and how to support the person in crisis to acquire a better understanding of the situation and how to end the crisis situation efficiently.
The LSCI training targets professionals working in penitentiary settings, learning them how to turn crisis situations into learning opportunities for inmates with chronic patterns of self-defeating behaviors. All prison staff in direct contact with troubled inmates will gain from the advanced intervention skills offered in this course.
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Participants are trained to manage situations where an inmate: Acts out in stress toward unsuspecting helpers, sparking explosive and endless power struggles Makes poor decisions based on distorted thought patterns and perceptual errors Has the right intentions and motivation but lacks the social skills to be successful Is purposefully aggressive and exploitive with little conscience Acts in self-damaging ways due to being burdened with shame and inadequacy Becomes entangled in destructive peer relationships and is vulnerable to manipulation At the end of the course, participants will be able to: 1. Articulate the dynamics of conflict cycles which lead to self-defeating behavior. 2. Diagnose an inmate’s thinking errors that interfere with communication and problem-solving. 3. Identify and intervene effectively with the process of staff counter-aggression which precludes effective intervention 4. Demonstrate effective de-escalation, decoding, and counseling strategies for inmates in crisis. a. Differentially diagnose and practice interview techniques for different patterns of self-defeating behavior: b. Problems originating elsewhere in an inmate's ecology c. Problems rooted in an inmate's reality distortions d. Problems resulting from social skill deficits e. Problems related to negative peer influence f. Problems related to lack of prosocial values g. Problems of guilt and self-abusive behavior 5. Match specific reclaiming interventions with different patterns of self-defeating behavior; utilize specific communication skills for each reclaiming intervention; and reflect on how certain problems relate to the helper's own personality and values.
Participants receive an LSCI certificate delivered by the LSCI institute The training includes a copy of the publication ‘Life Space Crisis Intervention: Talking with students in crisis situations’ (N.J. Long, M.M. Wood & F.A. Fecser. 2003, PRO-ED, Austin).