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Having toured more than 300 schools and programs for teens, we can help you figure out what sort of approach your teen needs, and where and how to get it.
- We sort through the key issues troubling your teen (by speaking with you, and your teen, if appropriate, by reviewing reports that you make available, and, with your permission, by speaking with professionals who know your teen), and we formulate an approach.
- We identify specific programs and/or schools, consistent with this approach, and in line with your teen’s needs, taking into account issues of therapeutic programming, staffing, academics, profile of the students, location, cost, etc.
These might include one or more of the following:
- A home-based approach–Intensive treatment can sometimes take place at home:
Sometimes a teen may benefit from simply augmenting the treatments that he or she is already getting at home. This approach might involve a mentor who may meet the teen at a local venue, like a coffee shop, or a mentor or coach who may come to the home (or even live in the home, 24/7, depending on the need). Coaches typically supplement their in-person involvement by being available via technology, such as by text, email, phone, videoconference, etc. Sometimes only a teen’s parents will utilize the services of a mentor; and sometimes it’s made available only to the teen. More frequently, both parents and teens will utilize the service, sometimes using the same mentor, and sometimes each having their own.
- A family intensive experience–A brief whole family intervention can sometimes make a big difference:
On occasion, it may be that a family approach would be beneficial for the teen. There are customized family intensives in which professional staff work with one family at a time, and there are multi-family treatments. Family approaches can take place in a bed and breakfast type of setting, or they may involve an outdoor, adventure-based experience. There are many options.
- A short-term residential program–Brief, targeted, intensive interventions are often advisable:
There are times when a short-term, targeted assessment or treatment is the wisest choice. This might involve a comprehensive, intensive diagnostic hospitalization, or it might involve a particular type of treatment (e.g., a trauma treatment, or a dialectical behavioral therapy treatment). It might involve a variety of treatments designed to address a particular disorder, such as, for some examples, a comprehensive treatment for an addiction (e.g., a chemical dependency or an internet addiction), for obsessive compulsive disorder, or for an eating disorder. A short-term approach might involve a hospital-based setting, or a home-like residential setting. It might involve wilderness therapy, or a combination of an outdoor adventure experience and a base camp. There are many types of short-term interventions.
- A boarding school–Many problems are best addressed by having a teen attend a boarding school:
There are many types of boarding schools. Sometimes a family may feel that having the teen go to school out of town is the best approach, and they may choose a traditional, mainstream sort of boarding school for teens who, by and large, have no learning challenges or emotional or behavioral problems. But there are many schools for teens who do have learning differences and/or emotional and behavioral challenges. There are boarding schools for students with learning differences or for students with diagnoses of autistic spectrum disorder, or both. There are boarding schools for teens struggling with emotional or behavioral problems, including those who have attempted self-harm, those who have psychotic disorders, those with addictions and those with eating disorders. Many teens go to these specialized boarding schools because they have refused to go to school while they were living at home. Some of the therapeutic boarding schools can offer honors and AP classes, some can address substantial learning differences, and some can accommodate both.
- We help you figure out which programs and/or schools to contact, which questions to ask, and what to look for when you tour.
- And we remain involved, after your teen has enrolled in the program or school, to enhance chances for successs.