When viewed in this light, systems of rewards and punishment are not helpful. For instance, punishing a teen who has an untreated anxiety disorder for acting out every time he has a test in school is unlikely to change his future behavior. Not until his anxiety has been addressed is he likely to be able to move forward productively.
For this reason, we use the Collaborative Problem Solving treatment model. This model was pioneered by the Think:Kids program of the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry, from whom Plummer Home received its training. Recognizing that the ability to problem solve is key to living successfully in a family, Collaborative Problem Solving is the first element of Plummer Home's Permanency Practice Model.
In addition, because physical restraints can impose further trauma on a child who has already suffered trauma, we strive to be a restraint-free program.