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Teen Boot Camps and Scared Straight Programs

Posted by Sue Scheff on May 13, 2021  /   Posted in Teen Help

Teen Help for Troubled and Defiant Teens

The myths of boot camps and scared straight programs

Help Your Teens ScaredStraight-300x224 Teen Boot Camps and Scared Straight Programs Years ago parents would threaten to send their children, especially defiant and belligerent teens to military school or boot camp.

Then some sheriff’s departments developed Scared Straight programs through their  jails.

Inmates would speak to the youth about their experiences, both inside and on the outside, hopefully giving them enough of a jolt to realize they don’t want to be in their shoes.

If you are interested in scared straight or boot camp programs, sometimes they can be effective with certain teenagers.  Check with your local sheriff’s department to see if they offer them. They are becoming more and more scarce – likely because they are non-effective.

In regards to military schools, parents are making false threats since they will be quick to learn that these type of boarding schools are typically a privilege and honor to attend.

Your child will need a good GPA to be accepted as well as be willing to attend.  Not to mention, if they are struggling with any type of experimentation of substance use, military campuses are not immune to students bringing in drugs or alcohol.

They will be reprimanded, and like a traditional school – will be expelled within their school policy.  However, you will forfeit your tuition with which starts at about $25,000 per school year.

Do you have good teen making bad choices?

Smart, yet failing in school? Lack motivation?
Defiant, depressed or addicted to their devices?

We’re here to help, contact us for a free consultation.

Help Your Teens TitleCard-300x174 Teen Boot Camps and Scared Straight Programs P.U.R.E. assists parents in finding the best resources for their teen.

We have been educating parents since 2001 on the teen-help industry.

“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’re walking on eggshells? Hostage in your own home?

-What are the signs your teen might need extra help? Learn more.
-Are they a smart teen failing in school? Skipping classes? Facing truancy?
-Do you suspect they are using drugs, drinking? How to spot substance use.
-Is your teen addicted to their devices or social media obsession? Find out more.
-Is your adopted teen struggling with Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)?
-Is your teen struggling with depression or anxiety? Maybe they started 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? Be educated.
-Is residential therapy right for my teen? What you need to know.
-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 insight 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.

Contact us for a FREE CONSULTATION.

Resident therapy is a major financial and emotional decision. There are many options for parents to consider. An educated parent will be able to make the best decision for their teen and their family’s needs.

Parent Choices for Teen Help

Therapy and counseling

Help Your Teens BigTherapyGirl2-300x195 Teen Boot Camps and Scared Straight Programs Local therapy is a good place to start for children who are struggling at home and in school. To locate a local therapist, it is beneficial to contact your insurance company for a list of adolescent therapists in your area.

If you don’t have insurance when calling therapists, ask them if they accept sliding scales according to your income. Ask your pediatrician or family doctor for a referral. Find a Therapist through Psychologist Today offers good guidance on how to find a therapist that will meet your teens and family’s needs.

In many states, when families don’t have insurance or resources, United Way will have programs set-up for families with at-risk teens. Call your local office for more information.

Therapeutic Boarding Schools (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 have an effect on 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.

How do you know if you’re ready to take this step? Ask yourself these questions.

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Residential Treatment Center (RTC)

Help Your Teens BigGroupTherapy-300x236 Teen Boot Camps and Scared Straight Programs Residential Treatment Centers, similar to 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?

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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 are 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. Contact us for more information.

Traditional Boarding Schools

Help Your Teens canstockphoto18913721-300x200 Teen Boot Camps and Scared Straight Programs Traditional Boarding Schools are like Military Schools, in which your child will have to want to attend and be accepted into the school.

There are many excellent Boarding Schools that offer both academics and special needs for students. Many specialize in specific areas such as fine arts, music, and competitive sports. In most cases, therapy is not offered unless contracted on the outside.

Wilderness Therapy Programs

Wilderness Programs are commonly referred to as an outdoor therapeutic and educational experience. There are reputable Wilderness Programs throughout the United States that offer short term assistance to parents that are in crisis with their teens. These programs can be very costly with most starting at $400.00 per day and up.

The immediate impact Wilderness Programs have on many teens can be a positive change, however rarely long lasting according to families that we have spoken with. In most cases a longer term Therapeutic Boarding School is necessary for students after attending a Wilderness Program. The ABC show Brat Camp had generated a lot of interest in Wilderness Programs. For more information please contact us directly.

Military Schools and Academies

Military Schools have been around for over a hundred years. Many parents are under the misconception that Military Schools are for at risk children. Military Schools are a privilege and honor to attend and be accepted into. Your child must have some desire to attend a Military School. Many children believe Military Schools are for bad kids, however if they visit a campus they may realize it is an opportunity for them. Many parents start with a Military Summer program to determine if their child is a candidate for Military School.

Military Schools usually do not offer therapy, unless contracted on the outside of the school. They offer structure, positive discipline, self-confidence, small class sizes and excellent academics. Military Schools can build a student’s self-esteem; motivate them to benefit their future both socially and academically.

Life skills programs for young adults (failure to thrive syndrome)

Life Skills Programs for young adults (18-25) years old can offer the following ways to help stimulate your child in a positive direction and give them a second opportunity at bright future:

  • Therapy through emotional growth. A young adult displaying a level of resistance to school or work will need to address the underlying causes in therapy. This is sometimes easier after leaving the comforts of their home environment outside peer influences.
  • Building encouragement through a positive peer environment. Expressing frustration and anger with your child will likely make them feel worse and increase failure to launch behaviors.
  • Structure. Help your young adult find the right balance between staying busy and having down time.
  • Goal setting through mentorship and internship programs.
  • Accountability through basic life skills of chores, hygiene, financial literacy, culinary skills, healthy diet decisions and more.
  • Enrichment programs that can range from caring for animals, woodshop, landscaping, farming, arts and music, community volunteer work, gardening and more.
  • Education – from finishing high school to starting college classes or enrolling in vocational training, every student has an opportunity to learn.

Life Skills Program can equip your child with coping skills to deal with adversity and change that real-life can throw at them, as well as help students identify who they are by what they can do, rather than what they have done.

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Teen Coach

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. If should never eliminate parent involvement in your child’s life.

We have heard from many parents their teen refuses to attend therapy, however a teen coach might be less threatening – and doesn’t have the same stigma with young people.

What is a teen coach? Here are two parent and teen coaches that have been referred by other parents you may want to contact to ask for suggestions:

Krissy Pozatek, MSW, Parent Coach

The Teen Life Coach

Certified Parent and Life Coach

Parent Support Groups, Workshops and Online Classes

Support groups, workshops and virtual classes can be a great place to speak with other parents that are going through the same frustrations and stress you are going through with your teenager. Learn more.

Parenting Books

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.

Always check out our monthly featured parenting book!

Free Consultation

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Do you have a young adult? 18 – 25 years-old struggling with setting goals or failing to thrive?
Learn more about Life Skills Programs, contact us today.

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