Corrective Discipline

Discipline at Main Place Youth is principle-minded and designed to teach new behaviors and responses, not punish.  We do not participate in any form of corporal punishment, withholding or changing food allowances, nor physical restraint (other than in situations where the child may be an imminent threat to herself or others). Typical disciplinary tactics include teaching interactions where the youth receives negative points for inappropriate behavior and positive points for appropriate behavior. When residents earn a certain amount of negative points, they lose privileges and must work on educational worksheets, role-playing pro-social skills with Teaching Parents, journaling, and problem solving worksheets, all designed to build skills for improved decision making and healthier choices.  We work hard to reinforce positive behaviors and seek an environment in which our residents feel encouraged and build on success rather than feeling punished, rebuked, and stuck in “negative” holes.