Identifying the Problems Faced by Youth
The teenage/adolescent years is a period of time where individuals are in search of their self-identity. This means that they're easily influenced by external factors such as socio-political environments, family and peers. Youths are constantly seeking validation in a world that they're still trying to understand while they emerge from the protection of childhood.
As such, some individuals might find the growing up process overwhelming and find themselves unable to cope with the shift in their lifestyles. Due to this, youth may turn to defense mechanisms or outlets to release some of the tension embroiled within them. They may turn to self-inflicting behavior, violence, smoking, drug abuse, alcoholism and other practices that require rehabilitation and intervention.
Parents may not spend enough time with their children to identify the early signs of irregular behavior. In such cases, youth may be addicted to faulty behaviors that require the intervention of professional counselors and therapists. Unfortunately, there is never a one-size-fits-all solution when it comes down to treatment programs. Thus, it is important for parents to realize that every child is unique and require proper assessment by professionals to determine the most suitable program and what to expect during treatment.
Different Forms of Therapy
Schools and therapeutic institutions offer a wide range of therapies to help rehabilitate a variety of challenges. The availability of options provide varying approaches toward a child's behavior. Some youths require environments that promote inner peace and calmness while others require forms of treatment that provide an alternate outlet for their pent up tensions. Popular types of treatment include:
A timely intervention is what an at-risk youth need. If you don’t act now, the problems your teenager is having could get worse, and it will have a profound effect on his or her future life.
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Understanding the Costs of Therapy Programs
Therapy program fees may vary vastly. This might lead parents to wonder why an establishment might charge much more than another, while offering a similar range of facilities and programs. To understand this, parents must first break down the course fees and understand how the money is being used. Additionally, it is important to check for validations and governmental or state endorsements that prove the legitimacy of the program.
In most cases, the cost of therapy involves:
Additional factors may include:
At-Risk Youth Programs Costs
The cost of programs varies depending on location, program specialty, room and board, therapy options and more. To understand the cost or even compare you need to consider all of the options, no two program are exactly alike. To better understand costs, options available and locations, please speak to an At-Risk Youth Program Counselor or Program Admission Counselors or an Ed consultants. The cost of programs ranges from $250 - $700 a day while a typical program lasts for a minimum of six month and typically around a year. Short-term treatments are not advisable as they might lead to relapsed behaviors. As such, we only promote treatments that offer long-term solutions and offer proven therapies.
Right now, there are dozens of programs for at-risk youth available both in the public and private sector. When looking for the best program, parents ask questions and work with your admissions counselor to understand what each specific program entails, what are the program strengths and its weaknesses.
To help parents decide, here are brief overviews of the most common programs:
Residential Treatment Center
Community based programs are among the most popular solutions for providing help to at-risk youth, and among these are the residential treatment centers or live-in health care facilities where patients stay for a period of time in order to be treated.
Residential treatment centers in the teen intervention setting are “unlocked”, which means residents are generally allowed to move about the facility with relative freedom except outside of the premises as opposed to locked residential treatment facilities wherein patients’ freedom is severely restricted, usually confined to a single hall or room. Residential treatment centers are generally more clinically focused, providing treatment based on the medical history of the patient. These institutions also primarily provide behavior therapy and treatment for patients suffering from serious mental, emotional or behavioral issues.
Residential treatment centers are usually considered as the “last ditch” option to helping a child. In an effort to distance themselves from the stigma of committing oneself to a rehab, many residential treatment centers have begun distancing themselves from the name by becoming instead multi faceted treatment facilities that offer additional programs, usually educational in nature and offer to teaches life skills that may be useful in later life. For instance, Ironwood, a Maine based teen residential treatment is also a culinary class where the teenagers learn preparation of world renown dishes, such as Pasta alla Carbonara or Paella Valenciana.
Example: Ironwood, Morrill, Maine
Therapeutic Boarding School
Some community based programs are adopted from the therapeutic community model such that they feature a long term, participative, group based treatment approach. Primary examples of these are therapeutic boarding schools.
Therapeutic boarding schools, also known as emotional growth schools, are boarding schools that have a significant therapeutic component and offers education and treatment in a highly structured and supervised environment. In contrast to residential treatment centers, the focus of therapeutic boarding schools is toward mental, emotional, and academic recovery. Its students usually are children and teenagers with mild to severe mental, emotional and behavioral problems, substance abuse problems, or learning difficulties due to other issues, such as ADHD.
To offer a level of education on par to better than that of other schools, therapeutic boarding schools generally follow the content of courses and regulations of the nation, state or region. Some schools are fully accredited and are licensed to award a high school diploma.
In the U.S., Britain and Australia, therapeutic boarding schools are widely credited for their role in providing intervention and treatment to troubled teenagers and at-risk youth. In the U.S., researchers have noted that participants of therapeutic boarding schools have much lower recidivism rates due to the long term residential treatment and the benefit of the educational program that ensures teens are easily reinserted into their society.
Military Boarding School for Troubled Teens
There are two types of military school programs in the United States: those whose purpose is to prepare cadets for service in the armed forces, and those that are designed to provide tough love intervention to troubled teenagers.
Military schools that are intended to prepare cadets for national service generally do not accept teenagers with behavioral, mental or physical problems.
Military boarding schools for troubled teens and at-risk youth are offshoots of the highly popular intervention solution for troubled boys in the 1980s. Among its main criticism was the length of the program, usually 2 to 3 months, which is deemed highly inadequate. By offering subsequently longer program duration plus an educational component, military boarding schools now offer a significantly better outlook in regards to providing intervention and treatment.
Still, there are many criticisms of programs that use a military based approach. According to many experts, the confrontational model used by these programs is not the most appropriate model for kids suffering from various issues such as emotional or mental problems. Plus, it is a model most susceptible to abuse. Research has shown that military based intervention also does not reduce recidivism rates of its participants. While the above standard physical fitness and a highly disciplined, highly structured environment can provide huge benefits to teens, rehabilitation programs that are not designed to scare, deter or control troubled youth are still better alternatives.
Example: Southeastern Military Academy, Port St. Lucie, Florida
Christian Boarding School
Christian boarding schools are private residential schools managed by religious organizations. Since most of them are privately funded or are financed by charging tuition, Christian boarding schools are generally exempt from local or national educational regulations, although they generally follow regulations in order to provide a national level quality of education.
Christian boarding schools tend to follow a respective mission; among these is helping troubled teenagers and at-risk youth. Some tailored to providing intervention to specific category of struggling children, such as providing treatment and care to abused kids or kids struggling from drugs.
One main drawback of Christian schools is inequality, as Christian schools tend to follow their respective denomination. They are allowed to refuse some students based on qualifications, such as race or religion. Another disadvantage is the possibility of institutional or systemic bias, especially over topics on religion, which prohibits schools from accepting new ideas.
Example: Heartlight Christian Boarding School, Hallsville, Texas