Why We Implement Unconditional Positive Regard in Our Schools
- May 10, 2021
- Posted by: Lauren Sabino
- Category: Education
For students in need of advanced behavioral, emotional, and special education services, alternative learning programs and positive education can often be the answer. But what does it mean to be a positive education school?
At Education Alternatives, our staff members utilize the philosophy of Unconditional Positive Regard and the proprietary IAM Level System to naturally encourage healthy behaviors through our positive education system. Our clients and students understand that everyone on the care team is on their side, fostering an environment in which they can succeed.
What Is Unconditional Positive Regard?
Unconditional Positive Regard is a concept which involves expressing support, empathy, and acceptance of an individual, no matter what they say or do. When an individual receives unwavering support – whether from a counselor, therapist, teacher, or coach – they typically perform better, are more motivated to succeed, and have a higher level of self-confidence.
The History of Unconditional Positive Regard
The concept of Unconditional Positive Regard was developed by Carl Rogers, regarded as one the most influential American psychologists of the 20th century.
In addition to his work with Unconditional Positive Regard psychology, Rogers is responsible for the creation of client-centered counseling, student-centered education, and person-centered approaches to human relationships and community building. His impact on psychology and education has shifted the landscape of the industry and guides the way many therapists, educators, and counselors work with their clients or students.
What Are the Benefits of Unconditional Positive Regard in Schools?
Unconditional Positive Regard in education can offer many benefits to students that make it an effective choice for those who need more advanced behavioral and emotional support. By learning in an environment which fosters positive support, these students can flourish in ways they may not have been able to in a traditional educational setting.
- Students can build trust with their educators –The Education Alternatives therapeutic philosophy is centered in the belief that the healing process needed to give children hope for the future comes from trusting relationships with positive adults in a safe and nurturing environment. The relationships children build with our Education Alternatives staff members serve as a healing presence and offer the foundation for a healthy lifestyle.
- Students can establish self-confidence and learn self-worth – While many negative social-emotional issues can stem from a lack of confidence and poor self-image, Unconditional Positive Regard psychology can effectively help individuals build up their confidence. When students are learning and healing in a positive, nurturing environment that accepts them for exactly who they are, it can be an incredible opportunity to understand self-worth and gain the confidence to believe in themselves and their ability to succeed.
- Students can gain motivation and practice goal-setting – When students gain self-confidence through positive education, they are enabled to go after their goals without fear of negative repercussions or failure. Instead, positive reinforcement and setting measurable goals for both behavior and academics helps to foster an environment in which they are motivated to grow and succeed.
Learn More About Our Positive Education Approach
At Education Alternatives, Unconditional Positive Regard has been at the forefront of our teaching systems for more than 20 years. We offer alternative learning programs for students who need enhanced behavioral, emotional, and special education services.