Troubled teens, for those who are unfamiliar with the term, is a behavioral classification that is used to describe adolescents who chronically display out-of-control and self-destructive behaviors.
Who Are Troubled Teens?
Teenage boys and girls who are deemed, “troubled,” are typically misunderstood and even more misrepresented in today’s polarizing, black-and-white, society. This cultural indifference is mainly because most people have great difficulty with looking past the negative behaviors of troubled teens, and therefore, judge them for said, superficial behavioral issues. What their staunchest critics probably don’t realize, however, is that the out-of-control behaviors of troubled teens are almost always mere symptoms of inner pain and turmoil that is most likely rooted in mental health-related issues.
Society needs to understand that ‘troubled teens’ is nothing more than a demographic that is mostly made up of scared, misdiagnosed, and frustrated adolescents who are in need of behavioral (and most importantly) psychiatric treatment. These near-countless teens are an enormous part of tomorrow’s America; future leaders, doctors, and school teachers who will have a say in what it means to be an American in the upcoming decades. Rather than arrogant cultural indifference, they should be met with adequate mental health care.
Unfortunately, as most of their parents already know, finding a form of treatment that is able to successfully treat the complex issues of troubled youth can be tricky. Most traditional forms of one-on-one therapy sessions are rarely enough to effectively treat the complexities of a troubled teenager’s mental/emotional health issues. This leaves parents with little choice but to send their wayward child to a residential treatment center for troubled teens - where their child would receive 24-hour, intensive treatment that is specifically designed to address their child’s particular mental health problems.
But while sending their child to a residential treatment center may sound like the answer to all of their son's or daughter’s behavioral problems, parents should understand that not all programs are effective in rehabilitating their child's issues. Additionally, parents should be privy to the notion that most traditional residential treatment centers work and operate under outdated and ineffective treatment methods and philosophies. With this in mind, parents should narrow their search to locating a program that offers cutting-edge treatment that is updated for today’s modern teen.
In other words, Where traditional therapy fails, treatment methods such as Equine-Assisted Learning has proven to be wildly successful.
Below, we will discuss this groundbreaking therapy and educate parents on why they should trust in equine-assisted learning regarding the emotional, behavioral, and mental restoration of their child. To learn more about how Equine Therapy can help your son, call 1.800.559.1980 and speak to a qualified specialist.
According to behavioral health experts, Equine- Assisted Learning (EAL) is a powerful supplementary behavior health tool that can be used to enhance other, more traditional therapies.
EAL's Unique Approach...
Equine-assisted learning is a unique form of treatment for troubled teenage boys and girls. This clinically-proven treatment consists of assigning a teen with their own personal horse to care for. After being assigned a horse, teens then participate in activities that include grooming, feeding, and participating in other staff-guided equine skill-building. While taking care of their assigned horse, troubled teens further prime themselves to learn and develop new skills, character traits, and personal attributes such as non-verbal communication skills, creative thinking, empathy, and problem-solving.
Equine- assisted learning/therapy is also useful for building self-confidence, teamwork, and leadership skills - attributes that play a significant role in teaching well-guarded teens to open up and trust others.
Equine-Assisted Learning: An Effective Form of Experiential Learning Treatment
Like ropes courses located all across the United States, Equine-Assisted Learning is classified as, “experiential learning.” Experiential learning, for those who are unfamiliar, is the process of learning through experience rather than learning through traditional, stationary and indoor therapeutic methods. Residential treatment programs that implement experiential educational techniques can reach teens in a way that indoor, traditional programs would find impossible.
As to why experiential learning’s methods can reach teens in such a uniquely impactful way, one need look no further than the treatment’s therapeutic concepts: Rather than simply talking to a therapist or staff member about theoretical past and future experiences, Experiential Education provides teens with an actual experience which prepares them for the physical and emotional challenges of real-life.
In short, experiential learning, coupled with that of traditional therapies, is proven to be dramatically more efficient in successfully treating teens’ underlying issues than that of most programs' outdated behavioral treatment philosophies.
What are The Types of Behavioral Issues Equine-Assisted Learning Can Treat?
As we have already briefly discussed, Equine- Assisted Learning is clinically proven to treat many types of troubled teen behavioral, mental health, and personality issues.
Below is a list consisting of just some of the many issues that EAL is known to treat certifiably:
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Behavioral issues
- Abuse issues
- Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Oppositional Defiant Disorder
- Substance abuse/addictions
- Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)
- Bipolar Disorder (Both types, l, and ll)
- Mild schizophrenia
- Lack of empathy
- Motivational issues
Equine-Assisted Learning at Monuments TC
At Monuments TC, we have found that incorporating equine-assisted learning into our therapeutic process is a powerfully effective tool that can be used to fight and address various troubled teen-related issues, including ADHD, PTSD, Substance abuse, depression, eating disorders, anxiety issues, interpersonal relationship problems and poor communication skills, just to name a few. We have also found that this unique form of therapy is ideal for teaching troubled teens how to process their feelings and own their negative behavioral issues, thus allowing the therapists, staff members, and even other peers to reach them on a more personal and therapeutic level.
Find out more about Equine Assisted Learning today by calling 1.800.559.1980.