• People can change and grow.
  • Growth is movement in the right direction, not simply arrival at a destination.
  • A family is a system. When a child has a behavior problem, the child isn’t ‘the problem’; the family system must be addressed as a whole.
  • Each behavior has a function. We get insight into past behaviors — and can shape future behaviors — when we understand why a behavior occurred in context: What was the behavior’s function?
  • A behavior’s function emerges from the person’s values. Example:

Behavior: Joey teases his sister Julie.

Function: Julie often ignores Joey. When Joey teases Julie, Julie reacts. This draws their mother’s attention. Getting reactions from Julie and their mother gives Joey a sense of power and importance.

Values: Joey values interaction with Julie, attention from his parents, and a sense of empowerment and worth.

  • Good systems produce consistent, desired results.
  • Strong families make strong communities, and strong communities make the world a better place.