Are you parenting a difficult teenager?
We help you find safe boarding schools for troubled teens.

How to find a therapeutic boarding school?

Since 2001 we have educated families that are searching for the right residential treatment program for their problem teen. As parent advocates, we have been down this road with our own teen that needed placement and understand the importance this major emotional and financial decision.

Sue Scheff, the founder of P.U.R.E.™, recognized this need after her daughter was harmed in a teen-help program and her family was duped by misleading and false information online. After winning a lawsuit against these programs, she understands how parents can fall prey when they are desperate to find help. Scheff continues to advocate for parents with education, resources and wisdom. Call today for a free consultation.

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When Should I Send My Teen Away?

Parenting difficult teenagers today has become harder than ever before thanks to technology. "When should I send my teen away to a school for troubled teens?"   In many situations, your teenager is a good teen making some really poor choices, but at this point it...

Teen Cutting and Self-Harm Prevention

Parenting difficult teenagers is challenging, however the trend of teens cutting themselves and self-harming behavior has been increasing over the years. It's very concerning not only to parents, but to mental health professionals.   Although self-harm is more...

What Is the Success Rate of Therapeutic Boarding Schools

Are therapeutic boarding schools successful for troubled teens? Are they effective for changing negative behavior? Schools for troubled teens are designed to help students that are having difficulties in their home and school setting.   Many are afflicted with...

Where Can I Send A Troubled Teenager?

My teen is driving us crazy -- we're at our wit's end -- where can we get help?   One search online for "schools for troubled teens" yields over 11 million results -- how do you determine what is right for your teen and family? Parenting a difficult teen can be...

My Teenager Refuses To Go To School

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The Troubled Teen Industry Negative Reviews

How to analyze therapeutic boarding school reviews and the horror stories of the troubled teen industry (TTI) while searching the internet has become challenging for parents considering for schools for their troubled teen.   One simple online search for "troubled...

Bringing Families Back Together

Are you having teenage difficulties? 

Since 2001, P.U.R.E.™ continues to educate families about finding help for their teenager.


Help for Young Adults

Internet Addiction

Teen Depression

Parent Help for Teens

Teenage Mental Health

Adopted Teens (RAD)

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We recommend adolescent services including schools, programs, treatment alternatives, therapists, and transport services; We do not own, control, manage, nor direct any individuals or companies that provide these services. We do not assume any liability or responsibility, implied or otherwise for said services. All liability or responsibility for any recommended services is assumed entirely by the service provider, as outlined in their individual enrollment agreements with the parent/sponsors.

Good teens, bad choices?

Why therapeutic boarding schools work.

Help for Young Adults

Benefits of life skills programs.

Troubled Teen Industry

Confused by online reviews and websites?

What boarding school is safe?

Advice for researching quality teen help.

Why a boarding school?

5 Goals of therapeutic programs.

Are we ready for teen help?

Signs you need residential treatment.

Therapeutic Boarding Schools

Good teen — making bad choices? Suffering with depression and anxiety? Smart, but underachieving? School refusal or skipping classes?

Entitled, defiant, addicted to their cell-phone? Struggling with ADHD, ODD or RAD? Suspended or facing expulsion?

Contact us for a free consultation.

Residential Treatment Centers

Is your teen doing drugs? Struggling with teenage mental health issues or self-harm, suicide ideation?

What is the goal of residential treatment center? What is the success rates of boarding schools?

Confused between the difference of a residential treatment center and therapeutic boarding school

Contact us for a free consultation.

Behavior Modification Treatment

Teen depression and anxiety has doubled since 2019. Most experts point to the rise in screen addiction.

Learn why behavior modification treatment can help difficult teens that are suffering with mental health issues.

Contact us for a free consultation.

Christian Boarding Schools for Difficult Teens

Has your teen drifted from your family values? Are they disrespectful, defiant and rude to you and others?

Searching for a Christian therapeutic boarding schoolContact us for a free consultation.

Behavior Therapy in Teen Help Programs

Teenage difficulties such as defiance, teen substance use, failing in school, addicted to video gaming, social media, self-harm and even kids that have become violent (destructive) can be helped through behavior therapy.

Behavior therapy such as DBT and CBT  in boarding schools is very effective with troubled teens.

Contact us for a free consultation.

Boarding Schools for Troubled Teens

Is your teen is refusing therapy? Outpatient treatment failed? School setting is not working. Short-term hospital stay unsuccessful.

These are some of the reasons a boarding school for residential therapy can work for teenage issues.

Contact us for a free consultation.

Young Adult Life Skills Programs (Failure to Launch)

Failure to launch is an epidemic that affects young adults the world over. Studies suggest that over half of young adults still live at home.

A vast majority of these adult children are facing failure to thrive. Struggling with setting goals or even finishing school.

Young adult life skills programs are your answer!

Contact us for a free consultation.

Enrichment Programs Helping Difficult Teens

Is your problem teen struggling with anger, defiance, rage — becomes easily explosive?

Does your teen become agitated or destructive when you remove their smartphones? 

Enrichment programs include: animal assisted therapy, horticulture therapy, music therapy, dance, art therapy, sports and more.

Contact us for a free consultation.

Teaching Social Skills

Is your teen or young adult lacking social skills? Teens are so busy on their devices they lack the ability to communicate face-to-face.

Are they socially awkward or lack life skills — maybe they need more time to mature?

Teen help programs can help teens develop social cues and build relationships with family, peers and others for a healthy future.

Contact us for a free consultation.

Wilderness Programs for Defiant Teens

Have you been recommended to wilderness therapy for your troubled teen? Learn about the myths of these short-term programs.

Contact us for a free consultation.

Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) and Your Adopted Teen

It can be difficult to know if your adopted teen’s anger is normal and within the range of typical teenage behavior. Most teenagers get angry, especially during the years when their bodies are changing and the hormones can bring quick and severe mood swings.

What is RAD and how does residential treatment help my adopted teenager?

Contact us for a free consultation for therapeutic boarding schools specializing with adopted teens.

Educational Consultants for Troubled Teens

Have you surpassed typical teen behavior? Is your teen is escalating out-of-control? 

Searching for an educational consultant (EC) to find a therapeutic boarding school?

Contact us for free consultation.

Confused by Online Searches

A simple online search of “therapeutic boarding schools yields over 3 million results!

Where are the safe places to send troubled teens? How do you decipher the misinformation?

Contact us for a free consultation.

Professional Teen Transportation Services

Teen transport services, also known as assisted admissions, are usually a last resort (yet frequently used) by parents to safely bring their teen to programs.

Being a last resort doesn’t mean it is a negative choice. Using a qualified professional can be a good experience for a teen.

Contact us for a free consultation.

How to Pay for Residential Treatment

Have you recently discovered the high costs of therapeutic boarding schools, behavior modification treatment, residential treatment centers?

Learn about your financial options. Contact us for a free consultation.

A Parent’s True Story

After experiencing my good teen making some bad choices, I found myself surfing the internet until I was so confused and stressed that I made a very rash decision and my daughter suffered the consequences… learn more.

Military Schools

Are you searching for a Military School for your defiant teen? Learn about the myths of Military schools for troubled teens.

Parenting Books

A list of parenting and teen books that have been selected by us (and other parents) to help families that are raising teens in these challeging times.

Free Consultations

We are facing a teen mental health crisis today. If you have exhausted your local resources find out how residential treatment can benefit your family.

Free consultation.

Do you need help with your troubled teen?

Contact us for a free consultation.

Books Written by Sue Scheff


It was such a pleasure speaking with you today. Thank you for taking your time to tell me about those options. What a special person you must be to have chosen the type of work you are doing. I am sure there is a place in heaven reserved for you.
Esther S, NJ

I have used your resources extensively and have integrated your suggestions when looking at different school programs. Thank you for your interest and for the help you provide to those looking to make good decisions regarding our children.

Jack P, CA

I just watched a documentary on your organization and the wonderful and truly brave work you are doing to improve child protection laws in the USA. I just wanted to say that your program was a real inspiration and I am totally in awe of what you are trying to achieve in very difficult circumstances. God bless.

Lisa A.


Professional References 

As an educational psychologist I understand the difficulties parents face when deciding to choose the right therapeutic boarding school for their teen.

Since 2001, P.U.R.E.™ is a trusted service to help parents learn about resources and find the best placement for their teenager. I highly recommend their organization if you are considering residential treatment for your loved one.

Dr. Michele Borba

Educational Psychologist

I would like to take this opportunity to applaud your hard work, dedication and compassion regarding helping teens in crisis. Your determination has helped many families find the appropriate resources for their children. I will be happy to support your organization in every conceivable way.

As a therapist, as well as a parent, it is refreshing to know people who have strong convictions regarding helping others.

Gwen S. Bloom, LCSW

Adolescent Therapist

As an attorney who practices criminal and juvenile law, I work to assist individuals, including teenagers and their families who are in trouble. 

I am delighted to have been introduced to your company and its’ valuable and important work.

Kevin Raudt, Esq.

Criminal & Juvenile Defense Attorney

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