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ERIC Number: EJ978755
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 1
ISSN: ISSN-1089-5701
The Paradigm Shift: Voices of Professionals
Koehler, Nancy
Reclaiming Children and Youth, v21 n1 p56-59 2012
Over 400 educators and youth professionals have completed Life Space Crisis Intervention training offered by the Charlevoix-Emmett Intermediate School District in rural northern Michigan. In this article, participants describe how significant changes in their own perceptions, mindsets, and actions translate into direct benefits for themselves and the young people they serve. When adults are able to understand themselves and their role in helping children in stress, they see the advantage to managing their own emotional state. They stay calm, listen more, and talk less before, during, and after crisis. They drain off a child's intense emotions, encourage a child to tell the story from their own point of view, recognize patterns of behavior, and teach new skills. Most behavior problems can be resolved without negative consequences. But, if school discipline policy calls for a consequence, it is given last, when a student is prepared to accept it. With training, problems become opportunities--for both the child and the helping adult.
Reclaiming Children and Youth. PO Box 57 104 N Main Street, Lennox, SD 57039. Tel: 605-647-2532; Fax: 605-647-5212; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Michigan