Our PILLARS

Telos is a Greek word referring to someone's "Ultimate Potential." To understand how we help others reach their potential, one should understand the Ten Pillars of Telos. Imagine an ancient Greek building surrounded by huge white columns. Each pillar holds a load, all working together to support the structure. The Ten Pillars of Telos are the principles and practices we follow in helping our families reach their ultimate potential.

PILLAR ONE

THE TELOS WAY OF BEING

We strive to recognize and honor each person's humanity in all circumstances. A heart at peace is the foundation of our success.

PILLAR TWO

RELATIONSHIP BASED TREATMENT

We know how to give and receive love, allowing us to care deeply for all those connected to treatment. Inspiring interpersonal relationships are the spiritual oxygen of Telos.

PILLAR THREE

INDIVIDUALIZED TREATMENT

We teach principles before rules, avoiding the quick and easy model of change promoted by behaviorists. We aren't afraid to bend, deconstruct, or rewrite various components of the program for the therapeutic good of a single student.

PILLAR FOUR

THE EFFECTIVE PARENT

We believe effective parenting can bring about powerful change. The principles of nurturance, kindness, boundaries, flexibility, and unity support effective parenting practices.

PILLAR FIVE

THE EFFECTIVE TEACHER

We understand desire for change may be high, but actual ability may lag. People must be personally taught what to do and how to do it; hence we must be master teachers.

PILLAR SIX

THE PROCESSING APPROACH

We understand and accommodate for the unique needs of students with information processing challenges. By using processing-friendly expectations and practices, these students and families can enjoy successful experiences.

PILLAR SEVEN

EVIDENCE-BASED TREATMENT

In the absence of knowledge, all choices are hazardous. Acting as humble detectives, we gather information and measure progress as defined by observable outcomes.

PILLAR EIGHT

THE VALUE OF THE TEAM

We understand no one person has a "corner market on the truth." The best decisions are discussed and implemented as a team. A healthy team makes a healthy program.

PILLAR NINE

CUSTOMER SERVICE

We believe in treating customers (students, parents, referral sources, and each other) with respect and professionalism. We practice basic professional courtesies that assure our excellence in customer service.

PILLAR TEN

HEALTHY LIVING

We believe healthy principles, beliefs and activities build healthy people. At Telos we value and promote health in all its dimensions.