A belief and training in Control Theory
and Restitution guide the philosophies and decisions made at Maverick
School. In addition to ongoing
professional growth by staff in theses areas, the students are taught these
ideas individually and in groups, and the ideas are introduced to parents when
interest is indicated.
Control Theory states that all behavior
is purposeful and that people’s actions are guided by five needs: survival,
fun, freedom, power, and love and belonging.
Control Theory is a counselling method
developed by Dr. William Glasser. The first and most important step in Control
Theory is to establish a good relationship with the other person. In the school, we do this by being friendly,
using humor, being respectful and caring, identifying individual’s strengths
and by focusing on the present and not the past. We listen, accept excuses and avoid judging,
coercing, criticizing, or protecting the person from natural consequences. The focus of Control Theory is to help people
identify their needs, what they are doing to meet them, whether or not that
method is working for themselves and for others, and to make a plan which will
help them to successfully get what they want without harming themselves or others.