“A parent in denial is only prolonging getting their teen the help they need. There is no shame in admitting you need help to get your family back on a healthy track. Your teen will eventually thank you.”
Do you feel like you are walking on eggshells? Hostage in your own home?
-What are the signs your teen might need extra help?
-Are they a smart teen failing in school? Skipping classes?
-Do you suspect they are using drugs, drinking? Vaping?
-Is your teen addicted to their devices or social media obsession?
-Is your teen self-harming?
-Is your adopted teen struggling with RAD?
-Is your teen struggling with depression or anxiety? Self-harming?
-Are you at your wit’s end dealing with defiance, anger or rage?
-Are you worried they will hate you if you decide on residential therapy?
-Is residential therapy right for my teen?
-A young adult failing to thrive?
The internet can be so confusing! P.U.R.E.™ helps you navigate the big business of teen help. Start with our advice on searching the internet for schools for troubled teens and tips on researching schools and programs.
We have been there before you and can guide you through this process of researching the variety of options and resources available to you. We offer you the most common questions parents ask and how to interview schools and parent references.
Resident treatment is a major financial and emotional decision, so let’s consider all choices parents have when getting their child help. Options prior therapeutic boarding schools and as well as learning more about the differences of teen help programs.
Parent Choices for Help with Teen Issues
Therapeutic Boarding School (TBS):
Therapeutic Boarding Schools offer therapy and academics to students. Usually, the student has not done well in a traditional school and is making bad choices that could influence their future. Although many of the students are exceptionally smart, they are not working to their ability. Sometimes peer pressure can lead your child down a destructive path.
Removing them from their environment can be beneficial to them to focus on themselves both emotionally and academically. This can be a scary decision, however sometimes the best one for your teen to be able to have a bright future. Therapeutic boarding schools have been a great opportunity for teens that are struggling.
How do you know if you are ready to take this step?
Residential Treatment Center (RTC):
Residential Treatment Centers, like a TBS, offer therapy and academics. However, Residential Treatment Centers are for children that require more clinical support. Their issues are more specific with substance abuse, eating disorders, self-mutilators, and other behavioral issues.
What’s the difference between a TBS and RTC?
Christian Therapeutic Boarding Schools:
Christian Therapeutic Boarding Schools are the same as therapeutic boarding schools with the addition of a spiritual component. They will have credentialed staff, accredited academics, and enrichment programs as well as spirituality in their program. There are also Christian Residential Treatment Centers, which are the same as RTC’s with a spiritual component.
This is not to be confused with religious schools or programs that usually have mental Christian counselors (which are not covered by insurance), questionable academics and limited (if any) enrichment programs. These programs are typically less in tuition, however your child will be there (sometimes) twice as long. They also fall under a different umbrella, so they don’t have to meet the same standards or regulations as therapeutic boarding schools or residential treatment centers.
We are familiar with many reputable Christian therapeutic quality boarding schools that accept insurances.
With the residential treatment centers and therapeutic boarding schools, as well as Christian therapeutic boarding schools, most offer behavioral therapy which is proven to be very effective with teens struggling with mental health issues. It is also important to find a program that implements enrichment programs that will help develop coping skills with your teenager. Such as animal assisted therapy, art therapy, gardening therapy, music, sports and more.
Therapeutic Summer Programs:
Summer programs are a great place to start if your child is beginning to make bad choices or losing their motivation. Finding a good summer program that can build self-confidence can be beneficial to student’s prior starting a new school year.
Please note, summer programs are typically not designed to change behavior that has been going on for a long length of time. However, they can be a great starting point.
As many adults are hiring life coaches, some parents have found it beneficial to find a mentor or teen life coach in their community for their teenager. This would be a person that can help your teen navigate peer pressure, social media, friendships, and other issues that sometimes they have a hard time expressing with a traditional therapist. It should never eliminate parent involvement in your child’s life.
What is a teen coach? Here are a few parent and teen coaches that have been referred by other parents you may want to contact to ask for suggestions:
Certified Parent and Life Coach
Tina Connan, Parent and Teen Coach
Please visit our P.U.R.E.™ Library for parenting and teen books that we recommend, as well as other parents have suggested that they have found helpful in raising their teenagers.
Contact us for a free consultation about residential treatment and therapeutic boarding schools for your teenager.
Read: Questions to Ask Parent References.
Read: 5 Most Common Questions Parents Ask.
Read: 5 Benefits of Boarding Schools for Troubled Teens.
Read: Success Rates of Therapeutic Boarding Schools.
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