Life Space Crisis Intervention (LSCI)

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Program/Intervention Name

Life Space Crisis Intervention (LSCI)


Crisis Intervention, Staff Training and Development

Program/Intervention Description

What: LSCI is an advanced, 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. This non-physical intervention program uses a multi-theoretical approach to behavior management and problem solving. How: 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 by using a 6-step process. LSCI offers a course for parents (LSCI Skills for Parents) that teaches parents and caregivers the fundamental concepts of LSCI in a 1-day and/or 8-session training program.

Intervention Target Population Identified (Age Group)


Program Goals/Outcomes

Articulate the dynamics of conflict cycles which lead to self-defeating behavior, Diagnose student thinking errors that interfere with communication and problem-solving, Identify and intervene effectively with the process of staff counter-aggression which precludes effective intervention, Demonstrate effective de-escalation, decoding, and counseling strategies for youth in crisis.

QIC Target Group

Both Target 1 and Target 2

QIC Adoption/Guardianship Relevance Levels

LEVEL 5: Other Human Services

QIC level of Evidence

LEVEL 3: Emerging Practice

Intervention Web Site/URL

Contact Person/Purveyor

Signe Whitson, LSW


LSCI Institute

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