- 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.