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Is your family life in chaos due to the behavior of your child? Is your child displaying any of the following self-destructive behaviors? Are you seeking a boot camp for troubled teens? CONTACT US before you make a final decision. Get a free placement consultation before sending your teen away to a boot camp. We may be able to save you tens of thousands of dollars by helping you to avoide ineffective intervention (such as a boot camp for troubled teens), and helping you to find the best intervention for your troubled teen.
Does your teenager struggle
with any of the following

  • Constant Conflict w/Family & Others
  • Defiant of Family and Authority Rules
  • Uninterested in Family Involvement
  • Bizarre Changes in Personality
  • Shifts Blame to Others - Beyond Reproach

  • Uses Anger to Intimidate Others
  • Emotionally Unstable
  • Manipulative of Others
  • Lies, Steals, & Sneaky
  • Unmotivated to Benefit Self or Others

  • "I hate you," attitude
  • "You can't make me," attitude
  • Substance Abuse - Legal and Illegal
  • Skips School on a Regular Basis
  • Has Been Suspended from School

  • Poor School Performance - Poor Grades
  • Unable to Keep Friends
  • Problems & Conflict with the Law
  • Violent Behaviors - Fighting or Assault
  • Gang Involvement or Glorification

  • Bullying and Intimidating Others
  • Runs Away and/or AWOL Regularly
  • Conduct Disorder (Observed or Diagnosed)
  • Attracted to the Wrong Crowd
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)

  • Bipolar Disorder or Manic Depression
  • Low Self-Esteem or Poor Self-Image
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
  • Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)
  • Depression (Observed or Diagnosed)

  • Attempts, Threats, or Ideas of Suicide
  • Drug Abuse or Glorification
  • Alcohol Abuse or Glorification
  • Smoking Tobacco or Illegal Substances
  • Sexually Active - Risky Behavior

  • Cutting - Self-Harm or Mutilation
  • Adoption Issues (Associated with RAD)
  • Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)
  • Eating Disorder (Anorexia, Bulimia)
  • Learning Disabilities or Problems
If your teen is struggling get help NOW.

If your teen is struggling with any of these issues, get IMMEDIATE TEEN HELP. Study your options. Review the resources we have provided here.

"Parent and Teen Resources" does NOT recommend Boot Camps for Troubled Teens. There are better options. Moreover, considering the cost of ANY residential treatment service (such as Boot Camps for Troubled Teens), you should research your many options. Through our teen help service you can find many resources. Before you send your child to any residential program you should do your homework. Some programs are great. But in our research we have not yet found a single Boot Camp for Troubled Teens that has provided stellar academic, intervention, and therapeutic services. Most fall short in multiple areas, and most result in parents wasting many thousands of dollars on an intervention with only short-term results.

What are boot camps for troubled teens? Teen boot camps are correctional programs for delinquent youth in a military-style environment. These programs typically emphasize discipline and physical conditioning and were developed as a rigorous alternative to longer terms of confinement in juvenile correctional facilities. Many, but not all, of these programs are followed by a period of probation or some form of aftercare. Boot camps are generally restricted to non-violent or first-time offenders.

The idea of "shock incarceration" as a tough, low-cost alternative to more intensive programming brought about the establishment of military-style boot camps for troubled teens.

Are Boot Camps Effective? Experts agree that a confrontational approach is often inappropriate. Most correctional and military experts agree that a confrontational model, employing tactics of intimidation and humiliation, is counterproductive for most troubled teens. The use of this kind of model has led to disturbing incidents of abuse. For youth with emotional, behavioral, or learning problems, degrading tactics may be particularly inappropriate and potentially damaging. The bullying style and aggressive interactions that characterize the boot camp environment fail to model the pro-social behavior and development of empathy that these youth really need to learn.

Positive changes demonstrated while in the boot camp may not last when a youth returns to his community. Many juveniles report that the program is helpful to them and they feel more positive about their futures. It is unclear, however, whether these attitudes persist after youth leave the boot camp, or whether they are related to actual changes in behavior once a youth returns to his community. Without significant therapeutic intervention while in the program, as well as specialized aftercare following release, boot camp programs have been consistently unsuccessful in "changing" juveniles.

What are the alternatives? Youth who need some form of treatment care require an individualized approach that takes their strengths and needs into account. Programs and policies should be family-centered, including the family in all decision making about a child, as well as culturally and developmentally appropriate. Research has shown that small, family-centered programs are more effective than boot camps in the long term.

You have made the right choice in seeking help. The next step is to contact us. We have a great deal of experience in the treatment care industry. We have worked in the industry. We have lived in the industry. We have seen what works ...... and what doesn't.

We will guide you. We will inform you. Take advantage of our knowledge and insight. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

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