We want her “relational experiences” at Greenbrier to be life changing in every healthy way.
The following explains the core of our motivation.
School or program philosophy is critical to its operations. Why? Because it answers the question “WHY” we do what we do, and why we do not do other things.
Unfortunately, many schools and programs have not formed a cogent “why” they use various academic or therapeutic practices.
Often they merely give lip service to a philosophy, and then individual staff members operate out of divergent, personal philosophies. Consequently, the program is not philosophically coherent, and therefore the program is not operationally coherent. If you are not clear why you do something, how do you evaluate its success or know how to improve it?
Research has shown that programs actively implementing a specific philosophy are more successful than programs that do not. Greenbrier has evolved from the constant questioning of what works and why. We have searched and experienced various psychological philosophies over the years. Our chosen philosophy has a rich intellectual history and is called Strong Relationality. The therapeutic/academic model of how we implement is called Applied Relationality.