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The Total Transformation Program Audio CD – January 1, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0979495106 ISBN-10: 0979495105 Edition: unknown

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Product Details

  • Audio CD: 118 pages
  • Publisher: Legacy Parenting Company; unknown edition (2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979495105
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979495106
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 11 x 2.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (242 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For three decades James Lehman worked with troubled teens, younger children with behavior problems, families and professionals who live with, educate, treat and assist in managing them. In public schools, residential treatment centers, private schools, and numerous outpatient and inpatient settings, James developed an approach to managing children and adolescents that challenges them to learn to solve social problems without hiding behind a facade of disrespectful, obnoxious, or abusive behavior.

James Lehman brought a wealth of personal experience to the arena of child and adolescent therapy, and had good reason to focus on behavioral management, having experienced severe behavioral problems himself as a child and adolescent. Born in 1946, he was abandoned at age 2 by parents unable to take care of him. He was found by Mr. Teddy Lehman, who, with his wife Marguerite, went on to adopt him. James began to exhibit oppositional and defiant behavior at home and in the classroom. There was no such thing as special education then, and as he grew older these behaviors became more severe. Eventually he quit school, left home, lived on the streets in New York City, and drifted into a life of substance abuse and crime, which led to numerous prison sentences. After more than 6 years in various jails and prisons, James was given the opportunity to participate in an accountability focused treatment program.

James Lehman graduated from that treatment program and participated in a period of training to become a staff coordinator - and his career as a counselor, therapist and teacher began. James attended Fordham University for 2 years, moved to New England, and obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work, graduating Summa Cum Laude. As he continued working with children, families and professionals, James was able to attend Boston University and, in 1989, graduated with a Master's Degree in Social Work.

While working at a comprehensive residential treatment center, James began private practice, providing treatment, consultation and training to families, public schools and state agencies. The focus of that work was to provide parents, teachers and case managers with the tools they needed to successfully challenge difficult children to develop the problem solving and self management skills they needed to be successful without relying on disrespectful, obnoxious or abusive behavior.

Customer Reviews

Please don't waste your money on this products.
I liked that you can tell Dr. Lehman LIKES kids, BELIEVES in them, and BELIEVES in us parents - that we can all change and improve.
Older Parent
As a bonus, the techniques I have learned in this program have helped me to communicate with my colleagues at work.
Tony P

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

1,806 of 1,833 people found the following review helpful By Michedolene Hogan on February 4, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I was pulled into the long list of reviews here and noticed that all of them were one extreme or the other. Some say it was awesome and a must have (very likely paid or compensated reviews) and others state it is the worst and a HUGE waste of their money, but nothing in moderation.

I purchased the Total Transformation for two reasons, one my teen had developed a sudden and situation specific defiant behavior and two I wanted to know if this was a product worth recommending to my online peers (yes as an affiliate) and here's what I found,

The program IS NOT ideal for the type of issues I was battling with my teen, rather it is designed for what we can call chronic behavior problems, meaning your child consistently lies about where they are going or consistently refuses to do their part around the home.

BUT in addition to being a consistent behavior problem your approach has to also be inconsistent. If you are setting appropriate consequences, enforcing them every time, and expecting your child to take responsibility then you don't need this program.

Also I found the program to be very age specific. While it is practical to use with your preteens and teens it's NOT a practical tool for younger kids facing behavior issues. It is written directly to the teen audience and that's it.

I agree that the advertising, and frankly 98% of their affiliates (those who receive compensation if their link makes a sale) focus way too much on the hype, have included too broad a spectrum of areas to use this program with and ineffectively demonstrate the right scenarios to use this program with.
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428 of 453 people found the following review helpful By Blessed Mama on November 17, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Our Little One had a lot to deal with in a short amount of time. She was adopted at 14 months and when she was 4 I was diagnosed with cancer and underwent 2 years of treatments. Shortly before this diagnosis, our family had moved away from the only home she could actually remember, to another home, country and province. She lost almost everything that was familiar to her and the only mama she consciously knew was ill. That is a huge burden for anyone. Naturally, she started acting out once I was out of the woods and healing. We tried the total transformation and found it did not work well. We had been consistently implementing age appropriate common sense techniques along with behavior = consequence type parenting methods, complete with tons of love, affection, praise, etc. So, the repetition, disengaging during disrespectful incidents, etc. was nothing new to us. Both her daddy and myself are tenacious and consistent as the day is long and don't take our job of parenting lightly. We were not at all satisfied with this product. When we tried to return it, we too, received the run around. We were told it takes longer than 30 days to see results (but the refund policy is only for 30 days - imagine that). We tried this program consistently for well over 4 months. It was an absolute failure and to make matters worse, the customer service representatives, who were so beautifully helpful on the phone prior to purchasing this product, when I had questions about it, were just plain rude. Every time I attempted to say something or ask a question, I was interrupted, talked over, talked down to and just in general belittled. If you are going to stand behind your product then really stand behind it and practice the virtues you espouse.Read more ›
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249 of 266 people found the following review helpful By Craig Pinkerton on May 12, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Please understand that I DID NOT purchase the product. It might well be a wonderful product, but my review is about how I was treated pre-purchase. It is my thought that this is when you see a rep. at their very best, when they are trying to sell. I heard the ad from radio about a free trial. I called the number about 15 or 20 minutes before walking into a meeting. Before any pleasantries, she wanted all of my contact info. This made me uncomfortable, but I hesitantly gave it.

The woman I spoke with was VERY pleasant and seemed generally interested in the problems I was having with my child. However, as the sales pitch went on and on, I had to interrupt to tell her that I needed to stop to attend my meeting.. she said "Ok, but.." and then continued the pitch. I had to more forcefully interrupt to ask how long this would take, and she told me a half hour. I explained that I truly didn't have the time, and told her that I would research the product and call back if I was interested. For the most part... a pleasant conversation.

The next day I received a call from an 888 exchange (835-1838)and ignored it. Later that day it came again. The following day 3 times. I did a reverse look-up to find it belonged to this same company. I then started reading some reviews and decided against the product. When the 1st call came the following day, I answered and said "Hi, I'm no longer interested in your product, could you please take me off the call list". This conversation followed:

"We don't have a call list" "ok please take me out of auto-dial so I won't be called again" "we didn't call you, you called us" "yes, but I've changed my mind" "You don't even know who this is calling" "Yes, I DO know, and I'm no longer interested" "OK, if you know...
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