Kishorit draws much of its therapeutic philosophy from the Kibbutz movement.
This is evident in two central ways. First, it honors the notion that every member should give to the community according to his/her ability and take from the community according to his/her need. Second, Kishorit recognizes the therapeutic value of work and almost every Kishorit member is employed, either in the general community or in one of the businesses or service centers in the kibbutz.
At Kishorit, great emphasis is placed on autonomy and self-determination
. Kishorit members are encouraged to set personal goals and are supported in achieving as much independence as possible. After living most of their lives on the margins of society, Kishorit offers its members an opportunity to develop true friendships and a deep sense of belonging and community life.
Belonging to a community gives the members tremendous self confidence and raises their self esteem. Rather than being socially isolated and very lonely, Kishorit gives its members the opportunity to be full partners in communal life, integrated into the general workforce or in one of the kibbutz businesses. Being employed gives the members the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities, to develop a sense of responsibility and express themselves in creative, meaningful ways.