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"What a piece of work is a man! how noble in reason! how infinite in faculties! in form and moving how express and admirable! in action how like an angel! in apprehension how like a god! the beauty of the world, the paragon of animals!" - William Shakespeare

Positive Esteem Psychotherapy™ (PEP™)

Dr. Fisher began recognizing strengths and positive attributes in children and teens at the beginning of his career in 1973 as a teacher of the developmentally disabled. He incorporated opportunities in the classroom for them to demonstrate and develop their strengths (not just remediate their weaknesses). Dr. Fisher developed PEP™ in 1987 as part of a program to provide services for foster children with severe behavior problems. In 1993, He implemented it for children and adolescents with ADHD. Initially, the approach was developed to identify the strengths of kids who were identified by their negative behavior problems and/or were required to work in their areas of weakness on pencil and paper tasks nearly all day in school. Opportunity was provided in psychotherapy for them to demonstrate/develop perceptual-motor skills, gross motor skills and creative abilities. Those with behavior problems and/or ADHD had unidentified strengths and were able to concentrate for long periods of time and put much effort into tasks in which they were interested in which they had abilities. The last ten years, Dr. Fisher has been using PEP to help validate many aspects of a child’s self and identity.

Everyone needs a positive self concept or positive self identity. Everyone needs to experience success. Everyone needs to be able to say: I AM GOOD AT WHAT I DO. I AM A GOOD PERSON. This is a fundamental premise and a starting point for happiness and good behavior. (This should occur prior to or along with a program to reduce negative and inappropriate behaviors and a plan for remediation of learning problems and a short attention span.)