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Circle of Courage

The Circle of Courage is the foundation of the philosophy for Pathways. It draws upon ideas from science, psychology, Native American wisdom, and contemporary resilience thinking. It is designed to empower youth by determining what unmet needs they have based upon the following four areas:  Belonging, Mastery, Independence and Generosity.
Response Ability Pathways (RAP) is the method in which we apply the Circle of Courage. RAP uses a clear-cut problem solving format: Connect-Clarify-Restore.  This is the normal process for resilient coping found in all cultures.  RAP taps the strengths and natural capacity students already have to connect with others for support, clarify challenging problems and restore respect.
Life Space Crisis Intervention is the approach Pathways staff utilize to deal with students in crisis. LSCI is an advanced, interactive therapeutic strategy for turning crisis situations into learning opportunities for students with chronic patterns of self-defeating behaviors. LSCI views problems or stressful incidents as opportunities for learning, growth, insight and change.