Beyond Point and Level Systems:Moving Toward Child-Centered Programming

 

Beyond Point and Level Systems: Moving Toward Child-Centered ProgrammingWanda K. Mohr, PhD, APRN, FAAN, University of Medicine and Dentistry, New Jersey

James N. Olson, PhD, University of Texas–Permian Basin

 Andres Martin, MD, Yale University

Andres J. Pumariega, MD, Temple University

 Nicole Branca, MSN, APRN, University of Medicine and Dentistry, New Jersey

 In this article, the authors critique point and level system programming and assert that continuing such programming is antithetical to individualized, culturally, and developmentally appropriate treatment, and the authors explore the resistance and barriers to changing traditional ways of “doing things.” Finally, the authors describe a different approach to providing treatment that is based on a collaborative problem-solving approach and upon which other successful models of treatment have been based.

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