We have been educating parents since 2001 about finding the right therapeutic boarding school for their troubled teen.
P.U.R.E.™ is a service to parents and families to assist them with Parent Awareness regarding places to send troubled teens. This includes wilderness programs, residential treatment centers, therapeutic boarding schools and more.
-Defiance, rage, anger
-Cell-phone addiction, video-gaming
-Explosive, destructive (especially if you remove their cellphone)
-Failing in school
-Negative peer group
-Withdrawn from family activities
-Disrespect, cursing and backtalk
-Stealing money from you
-Doing drugs, vaping, drinking
-Refusing to do chores
If so, you are not alone. Likely you have exhausted your local resources – your teen shut-down in therapy, outpatient treatment failed, the school setting isn’t working and possibly a short-term hospital was unsuccessful for long lasting behavioral changes.
It is time to consider schools for troubled teens, but one online search for “schools for troubled teens” yields over 6 million results!
This industry is extremely competitive and can be very confusing especially when you are at your wit’s end. The desperate parent is at high risk of making wrong decisions that may be detrimental to you and your child. Since we were once in that position, we want you to take comfort in the fact that you are not alone and give you the opportunity to learn from our experiences and more importantly, gain from our knowledge.
Researching can be time consuming and tedious, yet especially important. How do you know if a program or school is right for your child or if they really are who they claim to be? We speak from our hearts and our experiences to give you a feeling of ease. We offer tips to help you investigate schools.
Restricting your search to a geographical area limits your chances of finding the right placement for your child. We encourage you to review what is best emotionally for your child, not what is convenient for your travel plans. So many parents are convinced they need a program near their home. These are not programs you visit regularly.
We believe in finding a positive and encouraging setting for children. Many parents forget that teens making bad choices need to be inspired to make good choices — we need to start building their self-esteem back.
Placing a negative child into a negative environment (punitive or primitive) can usually build resentment and anger, especially to the family that placed them there. Peer pressure in today is making it very difficult for our children.
Let’s help them, not punish them. P.U.R.E.™ believes in bringing families back together…
Most frequent questions about schools for troubled teens:
-How do we pay for teen help programs?
-Is residential therapy right for my teen?
-How do I know my teen won’t be harmed?
-The internet is so confusing, how can we decipher fact from fiction?
-When is it time to consider sending my teen to a residential treatment center?
-What is the difference between all these programs?
-What questions should we ask programs?
-Are schools for troubled teens safe?
-and so much more!
Parents ask: Why will schools for troubled teens work when home therapy failed?
A therapeutic program is specifically set-up to stop the downward spiral of a teen’s behavior and change the course to an upward one.
When a teen is removed from the stressors and triggers of home – not to mention their peer influences and devices (social media) – with a slowed down manageable pace – and placed into an environment with staff, activities (enrichment programs) and therapy designed to encourage change – (build self-worth) – the opportunity for the kind of true and deep change required to turn your teen’s life around can finally start to happen.
A positive, encouraging, and consistent environment replaces the toxic environment they are leaving. They won’t have access to drugs or alcohol – or their social media or devices. The peer influences are now cut-off. If they have been struggling academically, often this new and unique environment is where they will begin to thrive again.
If there was family discord, the destructive cycles with siblings and/or parents are now stopped and communication is deliberately slowed down to include mediated conversations, letter exchanges, and intermittent visits.
This completely changes the dynamic and stops parents and teens from engaging in the same ineffective communication patterns used before. It is as if a pause button is pushed and teens eventually are able to move away from their rigid perspectives and look at their relationships from a new and clear vantage point.
They begin to gain perspective on life events that may have created trauma, or on their contribution to the “mess” their lives have become. They learn about their own unique emotional and cognitive make up and their problems or limitations as a starting point for the journey forward.
Our Mission Statement: We are dedicated as professionals and parents to assist families that are looking for placement for their struggling teens. Our personal motto is “Bringing Families Back Together™.”
It is important not to place your teen out of their element – this can make their behavior worst. Contact us today for a free consultation about the right placement for your troubled teen.