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Capstone Paper


Counselor Education


This research examines two behavior programs that focus on the increase of positive self-concept: Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports and The Nurtured Heart Approach. Schools are beginning to see an increase in behaviors that coincide with mental illnesses and emotional instability; moreover, schools are expected to prepare each student to be competent socially, academically, and emotionally. Through the integration of a school-wide behavior system, students within different tiers – academically or emotionally – are being reached at a greater level. Not only are students having their academic needs met, but they are also beginning to build a concept of self worth, which may not otherwise develop. Negative comments or punishments begin to disappear while positive comments, encouragers, and motivators reign throughout the school. Students surrounded in an environment of “you can’s” and “look at your greatness” begin to view themselves differently. This research begins to define the two approaches and looks at the integration of the two in a school-wide setting.

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