The Art and Science of How People Learn - Revised Edition
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42. A Comprehensive Evaluation of Life Space Crisis Intervention (L.S.C.I.)
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A Comprehensive Evaluation of Life Space Crisis Intervention (L.S.C.I.)
Larry F. Forthun, Jeff W. McCombie, & Caroline Payne
Crisis intervention skills are essential for all educators. However, many teachers enter the profession feeling unprepared to manage a student crisis (Lewis, Parsad, Carey, Bartfai, Farris, & Smerdon, 1999; Merrett & Wheldall, 1993), and as a result, it falls upon the local school district to provide training and support. For most classroom teachers and staff, professional development typically consists of short-term (1 day or less) in-service seminars and workshops (Parsad, Lewis, & Farris, 2001). However, there is concern that short-term training may not be enough to effectively learn crisis intervention skills and generalize the skills to the classroom (Parsad et al., 2001). Life Space Crisis Intervention (LSCI) is different. Life Space Crisis Intervention is a competency-based professional development training for educators. Unlike traditional professional development opportunities, LSCI is a highly intensive, strength-based training that teaches educators a new approach to intervention for students in crisis. It trains educators in crisis intervention skills from verbal de-escalation of a crisis to intervention strategies that help students develop better coping skills. Studies have shown that educators who implement LSCI in the classroom often experience fewer disruptive behaviors among students and are less likely to refer students for disciplinary action (Dawson, 2003; Forthun, McCombie, & Freado, 2006; Grskovic & Goetze, 2005; Naslund, 1987).
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