Locating the Right Program for a Troubled Teen Can Be Daunting
For any parent of a troubled teen, the first step is being able to admit that there is an emotional, mental health-related, and/or behavioral problem with their child. The next step is to seek out the most effective treatment program that will be able to address and treat their child's mental/behavioral-related, issues.
Of course, as many parents who have already done so can attest: Locating the most the most effective treatment program for a troubled teen can be a daunting and arduous task. Additionally, the difficulty of locating and enrolling their child into the most viable treatment program is further complicated by the ubiquitous number of programs that permeate throughout the US.
In other words, the number one issue that parents face when finding a program isn't due to the lack of options, rather, it is, in fact, the opposite: there are too many treatment options to choose from.
With the rise of attention being paid to mental illness in the US., so too has the number of troubled teens, who are themselves, suffering from a mental health-related disorder. Consequently, this rise in troubled teen awareness has inspired near-countless programs to develop, each claiming they are the most viable option for parents to consider. However, parents should understand that, unlike individual peoples, not all programs are created equal.
Unfortunately, the rise of the demographic of troubled teens has also inspired programs that only care to take advantage of the number of troubled teens by exploiting parents into spending tens of thousands of dollars for 'treatment' that is most akin to that of babysitting. These types of charlatan-programs, despite requiring teens to stay up to a full year at one time, typically offer little to no assistance in terms of therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation.
After considering the information above, during the selection process, parents seeking residential treatment for their child should put as much effort into their researching of any prospective treatment program as possible. By asking questions such as "what are the program in question's, treatment methodology philosophy, number of employed mental health professionals, and location of said program (just to name a few), parents will be able to take steps in assuring that their child's safety, mental/emotional/behavioral state will be nurtured and successfully treated.
Notwithstanding, choosing to send your child to a program that is most likely hundreds of miles away only further complicates the issue at hand. When seeking treatment for their troubled teen, most parents are tempted to choose a program that is closest and shortest - pertaining to the duration in which their child would be required to stay.
However, parents should know that choosing a program out of convenience and worrying about the length of time their child would be required to stay is not the most pragmatic or effective approach. Rather, parents should choose a program that is most qualified to address and furthermore, successfully treat the specific issues that negatively affect the mental health of their child.
In an effort to educate parents of troubled teens on finding the right program, we have written several informative articles (like this one) that briefly, yet thoroughly provide information regarding the various treatment options that are available. For more information regarding how we can help you and your family, please call us anytime at (800) 559-1980
What are Group Homes for Troubled Teens?
Group homes for troubled teens are 24-hour residential treatment facilities that provide rehabilitative and intensive corrective treatments to struggling, out-of-control, and mentally ill teenagers. In contrast to that of more traditional kinds of residential treatment centers, the therapeutic staff of group homes only serve a small number of teens at any given time - hence the name group “home.”
Proponents of the program claim that by focusing on a small group of troubled teens, group homes can maximize the overall effectiveness of their rehabilitative, treatment methods.
A Homelike Setting
Contrary to the overwhelming majority of residential treatment centers - facilities that often resemble juvenile detention centers - the most effective group homes for troubled teens strive to provide teens with the most accurately simulated homelike environment as possible.
According to group home advocates, by rehabilitating teens in a homelike setting, therapeutic staff are more able to rehabilitate struggling teens in a way that will more naturally ease them back into their once-dysfunctional home environment upon their returning home.
In addition to providing psychiatric and behavioral treatments, group homes are qualified to prepare teens for returning home by helping them ‘practice’ living in a home-like, family-oriented environment, building critical living skills along the way.
What Kind of Therapies do Group Homes for Troubled Teens Provide?
Like any effective treatment program for troubled teens, group homes offer age and behavioral-specific therapeutic services that are designed to rehabilitate mental health-related issues that encourage negative and self-destructive behaviors in troubled teens.
More specifically though, group homes typically apply basic, albeit foundationally significant, therapies such as:
- Family Therapy
- Individualized therapy
- Drug/alcohol education/rehabilitative services
- Anger management
Looking for the Most Effective Treatment Option for Your Teenage Boy? Monuments TC is Here to Help!
Located in the beautifully-remote mountains of Southern Utah, Monuments Treatment Center is a therapeutic boarding school that implements only the most cutting-edge and effective mental health-related treatments and philosophies including experiential, animal-assisted, and our very own Family Adaptive Model treatments.
Below, we have created a student profile for the type of mental health-related issues we specialize in treating:
- Anger Management
- Behavioral Issues
- Bipolar Disorder
- Borderline Personality
- Chemical Dependence
- Coping Skills
- Developmental Disorders
- Dissociative Disorders
- Domestic Abuse
- Domestic Violence
- Drug Abuse
- Dual Diagnosis
- Eating Disorders
- Emotional Disturbance
- Grief and Loss
- Impulse Control Disorders
- Learning Disabilities
- Life Transitions
- Mood Disorders
- Narcissistic Personality
- Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
- Oppositional Defiance
- Peer Relationships
- Personality Disorders
- School Issues
- Self Esteem
- Substance Abuse
- Suicidal Ideation
- Teen Violence
- Thinking Disorders
- Trauma and PTSD