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|Treatment Programs & Schools
Not all schools and programs are alike. Even among State Licensed Programs there is an extensive variety of treatment and educational approaches. The following is information that you should consider when qualifing the most “appropriate” program or school of choice. We are happy to assit you and answer any additional questions that you may have.Common mistakes parents often make when selecting a Program:
|The Quick Fix
A common mistake is to place the teen in a summer or short term program such as a ‘Wilderness Program’ or ‘Boot Camp’. These programs have their place and can be effective, however research shows that teens often return to their prior behavior patterns within 6 months of completing a Short Term Program. This is because the teen is not in the Short Term Program long enough to gain the skills and strengths necessary to make lasting changes.
|Close to Home
A second common mistake that parents make is to select a program because it is “close to home”. To be effective treatment needs to be consistently applied in a setting where the teen is isolated from the influences and environment that they were in prior to arriving in the program. This allows the teen to focus on working the program.
The single biggest mistake that parents make in placing their troubled teen in a program is to select a program based solely on its “low cost”. This usually results in the teen receiving inadequate treatment which more often than not translates into failed results and a waste of time and money.
|Types of Troubled Teen Treatment Programs and Specialty Schools
There are many different types of Specialized Schools and Residential Treatment Programs for Troubled Teens depending on the needs of the teens. They are typically categorized as follows:
Out-of-Home Programs for Troubled Teens
Some summaries from Wikipedia.org
All Troubled Teen Schools and Programs are alike.
Representatives from Parent and Teen Resources are fully skilled and knowledgeable in all aspects of placing your troubled teen in a program and can guide you (the parent) in this endeavor.
After a short 10-15 minute phone consultation your Representative can start to isolate the type of program that would be best for the teen. Within a few days, a specific program can be selected and a financing plan implemented.
To get started call (24 hours, 7 days a week) at 435-862-9298 or complete the online form on our Request Information page.
Troubled Teen Treatment
Treatment will vary depending on the type and the severity of the disorder. Professionals should be consulted in developing an appropriate treatment program. Treatments include:
When appropriate medications can be prescribed by a medical professional. If you believe your child is taking illegal drugs or they may refuse to take the medication this treatment alternative may be ineffective and inappropriate. To be affective medications must be taken on a regular basis.
Out patient therapy, lowest level of care. This is a very good choice if the adolescent is not resistant to therapy and will be truthful with the therapist or this kind of therapy will not work.
Partial day treatment (Day Treatment) is a good alternative if the adolescent is willing to get help and is not placing themselves in dangerous situations when away from the treatment facility.
Residential Treatment Center is a very good alternative if the adolescent is not willing to get help. It is a very structured, controlled environment and therefore the staff can make sure the medication is taken on a regular basis. Most residential treatment centers are therapeutic, having group therapy and individual therapy, which makes it easier for the therapist to get to the root of the problem.
Hospital, acute care (suicide attempt) this is the highest level of care and most insurance companies will pay for this type of care for a short term stay.
**Many of the above listed treatment alternatives require the assistance of medical professional
Disorders presented in this section are taken from “The DSM-IV” (the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition). Information provided here is intended to be used in conjunction with consultation with accredited and licensed professionals.