Life Space Crisis Intervention (LSCI)

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About This Program

Target Population: Adults working and living with children and youth who escalate incidents into no-win power struggles, distort reality, are self-abusive, engage in destructive peer relationships, lack social skills, and show little conscience for aggressive behavior

Brief Description

LSCI is an interactive therapeutic strategy for turning 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.

LSCI teaches professionals and parents the therapeutic talking strategies they will need to help children during stressful moments, as well as the awareness and skills to understand and manage their own feelings and counter-aggressive tendencies when intervening with aggressive or out-of-control behaviors.

LSCI believes that the process of helping involves having the ability to listen deeply to the personal stories of children and youth and to recognize that their message often is not in their words, but in their underlying thoughts and feelings. The real strength of the LSCI program is its emphasis on teaching, and practicing specific interviewing techniques to help adults and kids debrief a problem situation or critical event.

LSCI is a non-physical intervention program that uses a multi-theoretical approach to behavior management and problem solving. LSCI provides professionals and parents with a roadmap through conflict to desired outcomes using crisis as an opportunity to teach and create positive relationships with youth. The goal of LCSI is that, through certification in LSCI, adults learn what to do when a youth:

  • 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.

Program Goals:

The primary goal of the Life Space Crisis Intervention (LCSI) program is:

  • Adults value children or youth in crisis and treat them with respect

In the LSCI model, children and youth in crisis will accomplish the following goals:

  • Realize they are valued and treated with respect
  • Learn to trust caring adults and use them for support in times of crisis
  • Become aware of their patterns of self-defeating behavior
  • Acquire strength-based social skills
  • Learn to accept responsibility for inappropriate actions

Contact Information

Signe Whitson, LSW
Agency/Affiliation: LSCI Institute

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: June 2016

Last CEBC Contact Date: March 2018

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: April 2014

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: July 2012