The following guiding principles form the cornerstone for New Directions Treatment Philosophy.
Treatment occurs through the development of caring relationships. These relationships provide the context for change and growth.
New Directions treatment approach focuses on strengths in individuals and families. Fostering personal and family strengths is viewed as the most effective and respectful way to help others reach goals they have set and respond to needs they have identified.
New Directions believes that families need to be in charge of their own treatment. Identification of strengths and needs and a further understanding of family culture will result in more appropriate, responsive intervention and facilitation. Personal and family empowerment are central. In cases where children do not have a family resource, New Directions is committed to developing a permanent resource as quickly as possible.
New Directions expects cultural sensitivity in all interactions and believes the Agency has a responsibility to understand the culture of those it works with and to interact in ways that demonstrate honor and respect.
New Directions increasingly focuses on applying evidence based practices that are compatible with the results of evaluation and assessment. By employing proven treatment methods targeting the unique circumstances of each youth and family, New Directions maximizes the opportunity for effectiveness through intervention, which is efficient and short term and will result in long-term positive change.