Are you struggling with a good teen making bad choices?
We help you find quality and affordable therapeutic boarding schools.

We help you find quality teen help.

Since 2001 we have educated families that are researching for the right residential treatment program for their troubled 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. This is why she continues to advocate for parents with education, resources and wisdom. Her motto is, learn from her mistakes and gain from knowledge.

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My Teenager Refuses To Go To School

How can parents handle it when their teen refuses to go to school? Especially if you have a high school student that is only credits away from graduating, how can you convince them the importance of a diploma? This has become a very common problem with parents around...

How Cell Phones Effect Teenagers Mental Health

A study from the Journal of Child Development found that cellphones can cause sleep problems in teens, which led to depression, anxiety and behavioral issues. Phones cause sleep problems because of the blue light they create. This blue light can suppress melatonin, a...

What Is the Success Rate of Therapeutic Boarding Schools

Why do people go to therapeutic boarding schools (TBS)? Are these residential treatment programs effective? Schools for troubled teens are designed to help students that are struggling through their adolescent years. Many are afflicted with emotional, social and/or...

How to Prevent Teen Internet Addiction

"My teen is addicted to the internet!"  How many parents struggle with their teen's addiction to their cell-phone (internet) and specifically social media platforms?  This is a growing concern not only in families, but with educators and therapists. Excess screen-time...

When Your Teen Doesn’t Want To Go To a Boarding School

Will your teen hate you if you send them to boarding school? Let's face it, if you're reading this it's likely you've been struggling with your teenager for awhile and now considering a therapeutic boarding school. This is not an easy decision to come to -- it means...

Does My Teen Need Residential Treatment

Does your teen need residential treatment? Or is this just typical teenage behavior? How will you know? Deciding on residential treatment or a therapeutic boarding school for a troubled teen is probably one of the biggest decisions a parent has to make.   Never...

The Troubled Teen Industry Negative Reviews

How to analyze therapeutic boarding school reviews while searching the internet has become challenging for parents searching for schools for troubled teens. It's one of the hardest decision you will make, choosing the right therapeutic boarding school or residential...

Why Residential Treatment Works When Home Therapy Fails?

Why does residential treatment work when home therapy fails? Many parents are curious why a residential treatment centers can help their difficult teen when home therapy has failed.   Outpatient treatment was unsuccessful and the school setting is not working.  A...

The Depression Workbook for Teens: Tools to Improve Your Mood, Build Self-Esteem, and Stay Motivated

Teen Depression, Anxiety and Stress   The mental health crisis with young people is extremely concerning. With over a year of remote learning, students have become more withdrawn, isolated and dependent upon their electronics.   We have seen a rise in youth...

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.

Underachieving, making bad choices?

Why therapeutic boarding schools work.

Behavioral Therapy for Troubled Teens

Understanding why behavior modification works.

Analyzing the troubled teen industry.

Are you confused by online reviews and websites?

What residential treatment center is safe?

Helpful advice for researching quality teen help.

My teenager is doing drugs.

Warnings signs a teen might be taking to drugs.

We've exhausted our resources.

Signs your teen needs a therapy boarding school.

Therapeutic Boarding Schools

Do you have a good teen making bad choices?

Is your teenager doing drugs? Vaping? Addicted to social media? Video gaming? Withdrawn from friends and family?

Smart but failing in school? Have they become destructive? Defiant? Are they entitled? Struggling with depression and anxiety?

Find out if your teen needs a therapeutic boarding school? Ask yourself these questions.

Are you confused at the difference between a residential treatment center and therapeutic boarding school? How will you know what is best for your teen? Are you considering a wilderness program? Learn more about the myths of wilderness therapy.

We can help you find safe, quality and affordable therapeutic boarding schools. Contact us for a free consultation.

Behavioral Therapy in Residential Treatment

Residential treatment can help you with your teenager when you have exhausted your local resources.

Is your teen refusing counseling? Experiencing teenage difficulties? Defiant, depression, anxiety, smoking pot, vaping, failing in school when they are capable of passing?  Addicted to their screens,gaming or social media? Do you experience a violent teen especially if you remove their device?

Behavioral therapy such as DBT and CBT  in therapeutic boarding schools and residential treatment centers is very effective with troubled teens.

Contact us for a free consultation.

Enrichment Programs Helping Difficult Teens

Is your teen struggling with anger, defiance, rage and becomes easily explosive or destructive? Maybe they are ADHD or ODD. Many teens today become aggitated when parents remove their smartphones. They will punch holes in the walls, or worse, some young people are self-harming.

Searching for therapeutic boarding schools with enrichment programs are crucial to help your teen develop coping skills to manage their negative thoughts and behavior.

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

Contact us for a free consultation on schools including these programs.

Teen Help Programs Teach Social Skills

Is your teen lacking social skills? Teens today are so busy on their devices they lack the ability to communicate face-to-face. Maybe your teen or young adult is socially awkard? Do they lack life skills and possibly need more time to mature? 

Teen help programs and residential treatment centers can help teens develop social cues and build relationships with peers, family and others for a healthy future. Young adult Life Skills programs are designed to help the failure to launch syndrome.  

Contact us for a free consultation.

Behavior Modification Treatment

Is your teenager doing drugs? Maybe they are self-medicating or self-harming to supercede the emotional pain they are feeling. Are they refusing to talk to a counselor? Have you placed them in a short-term hospital stay for an evaluation? Yet still have the same negative behavioral patterns.

Learn more about why behavior modification treatment can help difficult teens when they are suffering with mental health issues.

Contact us for a free consultation.

Christian Boarding Schools for Difficult Teens

Has your good teen started making bad choices? Hanging out with a negative peer group? Maybe they drifted from  your family values? Become disrespectful, defiance and rude to you and others? Are they smart — yet barely passing in school?

Are you searching for a Christian therapeutic boarding school? Learn more about residential treatment with spiritual settings and choosing the right ones with qualified staff and accreditations.

Contact us for a free consultation.

Boarding Schools for Troubled Teens

Have you exhausted your local resources? Therapy isn’t working or your teen is refusing to attend? Maybe they’re not engaging or manipulating the therapist. Is your teen becoming more angry at home, explosive, talking with strangers online or sending sexual content? 

Has your teen become withdrawn? Secretive about their online life? Do they sneak-out or runaway? Are you concerned about teenage substance use, possibly self-medicating or self-harming?

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

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.

All teenagers are searching the world trying to find out who they are and what they want to become. They all want to know how the world will affect them and how they will affect the world.

What is RAD and how does the treatment help my adopted teenagerTips for searching for help for your teen with RAD.

Read a parent’s jounery with her adopted RAD teen:  The Ballad of The Adopted Child.

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

Young Adult Life Skills Programs (Failure to Launch)

Failure to launch is an epidemic that affects young adults the world over. Recent studies suggest that over half of young adults 18-21 still live at home with their parents, with a vast majority of these adult children facing failure to launch syndrome.

Do you have problems motiviating your teen or young adult? Is he unsure of his future? Struggling with setting goals or even finishing school? Maybe they need to learn life skills and coping skills for anxiety or stress. These programs also will include teaching your young adult about financial literacy as well as social skills — all these can help them flourish into a healthy adult.

Young adult life skills programs are here to help — more and more young people are taking advantage of them.

Contact us for a free consultation.

Educational Consultants for Teens

Are you considering hiring an educational consultant (EC) to find a therapeutic boarding school for your troubled teen? 

As much as you are trying to ignore or just say it is typical teen behavior, you notice your teen is withdrawing from the family, failing in school, possibly vaping, smoking pot, addicted to their screens and overall have become a child you no longer recognize with a personality that is defiant and totally disrespectful the the family rules – what do you do?

Be an educated parent, learn more about these professionals to determine what is best for your family.

Contact us for free consultation.


Internet Searches for Help with Teenager

Searching for the right therapeutic boarding school for your troubled teen is probably one of the most important decisions you will make both financially and emotionally. We help you decipher cyber-fact from cyber-fiction as well as the misinformation online.

It can be very difficult when you’re reading troubling reviews and websites that make you pause. Do you fear your teen will hate you if you make this decision?

Since 2001 we’ve educated parents on researching residential treatment centers, behavior modification programs and therapeutic boarding schools for their individual needs.

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. Some teens are willing to get help; yet the majority of teens completely refuse; this is when there is need for assisted admissions into a school or program.

Learn more about quality and qualified transport services. Contact us for a free consultation.

How to Pay for Residential Treatment

Have you recently discovered the high costs of boarding schools, therapeutic boarding schools, behavior modification treatment, residential treatment centers, teen help programs and/or other avenues of academic and emotional growth assistance? 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 can benefit your family. Free consultation.

Is your teen struggling with any of these issues?

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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