Academic success

/ac·a·deem·ic/ /suc.cess/

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Academic success is a term, used to describe an individual’s personal conquest in achieving a personal, academic achievement. Academic success can be achieved in numerous ways, but typically marks a personal benchmark of one’s academic achievement.

Academic success is subjective, unique to the individual student and their personal, academic goals. For instance, one’s academic success may mean that they earn a GED, while another’s, may include earning a master’s degree. While both students achieved academic success, they each earned significantly contrasting achievements in terms of overall, academic achievement. 

Academic success is earned only through hard work, dedication and proactive decision making. While it may entail vastly different endeavors, varying person to person, academic success provides young people with more opportunities for their future. 


Academic team / team

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An academic team is an educational staff, made up of teachers and other educational professionals. The task of an academic team is to provide students with an extensive and thorough educational curriculum for their pupils.




Merriam-Webster's Dictionary defines Academics as: of or relating to a college, academy, school, or other educational institution, especially one for higher education. Academics are a person's education from an institution, school or otherwise. Grade school, high school, and college are all systems where an individual learns academic material.

Academics are an integral part of any successful person's life. With an extensive education, an individual can achieve their personal and financial aspirations. Therefore, academics should be the staple priority of an adolescent's life. Unfortunately, however, troubled teens fail to see the importance of academics.

Troubled teens who fail to realize the significance of what academics has on their life are at risk of ruining their potential. Teens, such as these, can find the therapeutic and the educational restoration they need at a treatment program for troubled teens.

Acting out

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Acting out is the actions of a child who displays out of control, and self-destructive behaviors. Adolescents who constantly display out of control behaviors are commonly referred to as, troubled teens. With proper psychiatric treatment, a troubled teen who displays self-sabotaging behavioral patters, can overcome their troubled mindset and successfully meet their potential.

Parents of a child who constantly acts out, may feel as though they have tried everything in terms of correcting their child's inappropriate behaviors. Parents will often turn to self-help books, parenting experts and even participate in parent workshops. Nonetheless, some parents continue to struggle and feel at a loss in parenting an out of control child. For parents such as these, there are behavioral modification services that cater to their child's psychiatric needs.

There are nearly countless troubled teen services that assist helpless parents who feel as though they are helpless in correcting their child's behavior. Additionally, treatment options such as, therapeutic boarding schools, residential treatment facilities, group homes and wilderness therapy programs for troubled teens are the most popular choices among struggling parents.

Active lifestyle

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An active lifestyle is a healthy way of living. This proactive lifestyle approach includes eating the healthy, exercising, and abstaining from negative behaviors and habits. Living a healthy lifestyle is essential for achieving a healthy mind and body. By failing to live an active lifestyle, an individual is susceptible to negativity such as, depression, obesity, and low self-worth.

Individuals, who choose to live an active lifestyle, are generally happier than those who don't. By eating the healthy and exercising, a person is less likely to fall victim to psychological disorders and a life of mediocrity. An active lifestyle is essential for balancing hormones and activating energy levels. By living a stagnate way of life, a person is likely to be lazy and depressed, further causing problems within their personal life.

By living an active lifestyle, an individual is open to more opportunities. For example, employers are more likely to employ a fit and active individual based on their optimistic and proactive disposition.


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The American Society of Addiction Medicine defines addiction as, "being characterized by inability to consistently abstain, impairment in behavioral control, craving, diminished recognition of significant problems with one’s behaviors and interpersonal relationships, and a dysfunctional emotional response."

Addiction is a dangerous behavior that can affect a person in a numerous amount of ways. Addicts may be addicted to a harmful substance, such as methamphetamine, cocaine or alcohol. Additionally, a person may suffer from non-substance addictions such as, self-harm, eating disorder or gambling habit. Although very different from one another, substance and non-substance addictions are both dangerous and potentially life threatening. Moreover, a person who suffers from an addiction requires specialized treatment in order to achieve adequate rehabilitation.

There are many different types of facilities, treatments, and therapeutic methods used in treating an addicted individual. One-on-one therapies, group sessions, and 24-hour treatment care are the most effective options in terms of treating an addicted person. The specific treatment that best suits an individual, exclusively depends on their particular addictions and the severity of their habits.

Addiction treatment

ad·dic·tion treat·ment

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Addiction treatment is an invaluable type of care that offers psychological and, as the term suggests, addiction therapy. Addiction treatment is a type of therapeutic care that assists chemically dependent and substance abusing individuals to overcome their dangerous and self-sabotaging habits. Addiction treatment is vital for any person who desires to overcome dangerously, and potentially, fatal habits.



at·ten·tion def·i·cit dis·or·der
n. noun

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a chronic, yet very common condition that affects millions of children in the United States. ADHD is a mixture of several different problems that may include, difficulty sustaining attention, hyperactivity, and impulsive behavior.

Often, young men and women who struggle with ADHD also have a low self-esteem, trouble maintaining relationships and may display poor performances in school and on the job. While symptoms do sometimes subside with age, some individuals never outgrow their ADHD symptoms. With adequate treatment, however, young men and women can learn how to control their ADHD and use their ailment to their advantage.

While there is no cure for ADHD, treatment can significantly help deal with symptoms. Treatment varies, but usually includes medication and therapy. The earlier the diagnosis of ADHD, the better treatment can lessen the symptoms of ADHD. Therefore, it is critical for young men and women to seek the necessary treatment options for their ADHD.

Adolescent psychiatric treatments

Adolescent psychiatric treatments are therapies that are specifically designed to treat various psychological disorders of troubled adolescents. As teenagers process information differently than adults, their therapeutic treatment should be designed specifically for their mindset. For this reason, it is imperative to seek the services of a psychiatric professional who specializes in treating adolescents.

Adolescent psychiatric treatments vary greatly in methods, and often times, depend on the severity of the specific child. For instance, sometimes a child, who suffers from mild depression, may be effectively treated by simply visiting a therapist once a week. However, a child, who struggles with drug addictions and severe depression, requires a much more intense treatment program, like that of 24-hour care. This type of child would not benefit from a weekly visit to the therapist, but instead, would benefit from 24-hour psychiatric treatment, provided by a wilderness therapy program.

alcohol addiction add.ic.tion

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The mayo clinic defines alcohol addiction as, "a chronic and often progressive disease that includes problems controlling your drinking, being preoccupied with alcohol, continuing to use alcohol even when it causes problems, having to drink more to get the same effect (physical dependence), or having withdrawal symptoms when you rapidly decrease or stop drinking. "

Statistics shows that young men and women (ages 13-25) suffer from alcohol addiction, more so than older and more mature adults. This is because the human brain isn't fully developed until a person is well into their 20's. When a person abuses alcohol at a younger age, that individual is damaging their brain before it has a chance to fully develop. Additionally, young men and women who abuse alcohol at an early age are at high-risk of developing a life-long habit.

In short, it is imperative for young adults and adolescents to receive adequate clinical care when suffering from alcoholism. If not, teens and young adults could meet potentially life suffering, or even fatal, consequences.

Anger management man.age.ment

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An. It is through this action that the angered person is then able to cope with an anger in a positive and productive manner. Anger is a normal, healthy emotion when you know how to express it appropriately.

There are many different types of anger management treatment that varies in severity as well as approach to treating those who struggle with controlling their anger. An individual battling anger issues can find anger management treatment from a psychological professional for weekly sessions, as well as treatment centers for those who require extensive anger management recovery.

Anger management isn't an activity that suppresses or prevents anger, but instead, is a healthy, alternative approach to dealing with that anger. Anger issues, if not managed appropriately, could, in fact, result in dire, life-altering consequences

At-risk teens

At-risk teens

At-risk teens, also commonly referred to as, troubled teens, are adolescents who consistently act out in erratic, impulsive and self-destructive behaviors. Teenagers who display behaviors such as, rebelliousness, self-abuse, substance abuse and emotional outbursts, are considered to be at risk.

Parents of at-risk teens may feel as though they are helpless in controlling their child's negative, unruly behaviors. Thees parents may feel as though they have exhausted all ideas and parenting methods in combatting their uncontrollable child. However, parents of at-risk teens have countless services that cater to their child's particular, psychological and behavioral issues. These services are known as, psychiatric treatment options for troubled adolescents.

Treatment programs for at risk teens are plentiful, but differ in their varying treatment methods and environments in which they implement these methods. For instance, both therapeutic boarding schools and wilderness therapy programs are viable options in treating a troubled boy or girl. However, therapeutic boarding schools offer treatment in a boarding school-like environment, whereas a wilderness program takes place in an out-door environment. The appropriate choice that would be most effective, greatly depends on the individual child and the severity of their issues.



An attitude is A manner of thinking, feeling, or behaving that reflects a state of mind or disposition.

A person’s attitude is their overall outlook and feelings on a specific matter. Moreover, a person’s attitude towards something, will consequently effect the way that individual behaves towards a certain situation. For instance, if a person has a negative attitude towards their occupation, that individual is less likely to act on diligence, or any behavior that will promote productiveness regarding their specific job title.  

Maintaining a positive attitude is crucial for those who desire to reach success, in any area of life. However, this does not mean an individual needs to necessarily like, or enjoy, every facet of their life. Moreover,  a successful individual maintains a positive outlook, in spite of their feelings of dislike, or lack of comfortability.


n. noun

Webster's dictionary defines behavior as, "The manner in which one behaves, or the manner of conducting oneself." 

The behavior of an adolescent is a key factor in the overall productivity, or lack thereof, of a teen’s lifestyle. If a teen chooses to act on fruitful, self-promoting behaviors, they are likely to develop into a successful, fully-functional, young adult. Contrariwise, teens who act on negative, self-indulgent behaviors, are likely to live an unproductive, chaotic lifestyle, and therefore, less apt in developing characteristics needed in meeting their personal potential.

The behavior in which one chooses to conduct themselves, is the single-most important factor in living a successful, happy lifestyle. Consequently, those who fail to realize the importance of behaving in a productive manner, will live a life of poor stature, and ultimately, a life of regret.

Bipolar disorder dis.or.der

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Mayo Clinic describes bipolar disorder as: "Bipolar disorder sometimes called manic-depressive disorder — is associated with mood swings that range from the lows of depression to the highs of mania. When you become depressed, you may feel sad or hopeless and lose interest or pleasure in most activities. When your mood shifts in the other direction, you may feel euphoric and full of energy. Although a severe condition, bipolar is very common ailment, that can be treated with proper medications and therapies.

People who suffer from bipolar disorder may only experience mood swings once or twice a year. However, those who suffer severely may experience mood swings several times in a single day. During these mood swings, an individual suffering from bipolar disorder, will experience the highest, followed by the lowest of lows.

It is important for people, who suffer from bipolar disorder, to receive the necessary treatments and medications needed to combat their psychological affliction. Additionally, individuals, who suffer from bipolar disorder and don't receive psychiatric treatment, are at high-risk of using drugs and alcohol as a means of self-medicating.

Boarding schools

Boar.ding / school


A boarding school is a school where some or all pupils study and live during the school year with their fellow students. The word 'boarding' is used in the sense of "bed and board," i.e., lodging and meals. However, some boarding schools also offer the option for their students to attend school during the school day and then return home to their families at day’s end.

Boarding schools have also become a popular choice among parents of troubled adolescents. Specialized boarding schools now provide treatment for troubled teens, who would greatly benefit from receiving 24 hour, 7 days a week, therapeutic treatment.

There are many boarding schools throughout the nation, varying in types of schooling and standards needed for acceptance. Most boarding schools require a significant amount of tuition fees in order for a student to be admitted. Additionally, many boarding schools offer scholarships for students who possess athletic abilities or a high grade point average paying for some, or even all of their tuitional fees.

Boot camps


Boot camps were initially created to assist soldiers in preparing for war. The United States uses boot camps to make young soldiers for all of the scenarios of warfare, and provides them with the skills and knowledge they require for adequately protecting our country. However, within the last 50 years, boot camps have become widely popular in treating troubled adolescents who display out of control behaviors. Behavioral modification programs, such as these, are commonly referred to as, boot camps for troubled teens.

In terms of treating troubled teens, boot camps are a relatively new treatment. Starting in the 1960's, boot camps have become an ever increasing treatment option chosen by parents of troubled adolescents. However, Boot camps believe in negative reinforcement in order to 'break' teen's negative behaviors. Psychiatric professionals view boot camps' negative reinforcement strategy to be ineffective in promoting permanent change in troubled teens. In short, parents would be better off choosing an alternative to boot camps for troubled teens.

Alternative treatment options to boot camps

Although a child may appear to have 'changed' after returning home from a boot camp for troubled teens, the child's 'improved behavior' will almost certainly be short-lived. This is because boot camps do not provide any necessary therapeutic restoration that the teen desperately needs. Therefore, choosing an alternative treatment option, such as residential treatment or a therapeutic boarding school for troubled teens,

Change process

Change pro.cess


The term, “change process,” refers to the therapeutic development and growth of a person’s psychological and behavioral state. This process takes place after an individual who struggles with behavioral and psychological issues makes necessary lifestyle changes in order to better their life. This process is supervised and provided by one or more mental health professionals who ensure that an individual is taking all of the necessary steps needed to make genuine and long-lasting changes, psychologically and behaviorally.

In the undertaking of a process of change, a psychological professional identifies specific behavioral issues within an individual. By addressing key, and often underlying issues, a psychological professional is able to pinpoint what is causing harm to an individual's life and is then able to create a strategy for the individual to overcome these critical issues.

Cognitive behavioral therapy

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Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a "structured, short-term, present-oriented psychotherapeutic treatment for depression. The main focus or goal of this treatment is solving underlying issues and modifying dysfunctional, unproductive thinking that enables a person to suffer psychologically. By addressing specific, observable actions that are causing harm to an individual, a therapeutic professional assists the individual in creating an alternative strategy for dealing with specified issues.

CBT has proven to be a formidable, effective treatment in treating troubled teens. This type of therapy is effective in treating psychological ailments such as, mood, anxiety, personality and eating disorders. This specialized, behavioral treatment is also thoroughly successful in treating individuals suffering from substance addiction. This is achieved through the abilities of a therapeutic professional and their capacity of accurately addressing underlying issues that may be causing the specific disorders or behaviors. By eliminating the root cause of a negative disorder, an individual is able to finally create separation from the personal affliction, allowing them to further progress into a state of recovery.




The Merriam-Webster dictionary gives several definitions for the word community:

A group of people living in the same locality and under the same government.

b. The district or locality in which such a group lives.

c. A group of people having common interests: the scientific community; the international business community.

When pertaining to troubled teens, a community is crucial factor. Whether it's the family at home, peers at school, or the company of chosen friends, an adolescent is surrounded by an influencing community, at all times. This collective of one’s community. factors in a significant role in their behavior and attitude. For this reason, it is critical for a teen to surround themselves with positive, supporting influences. 


Conduct disorder

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Conduct disorder is a self-destructive, childhood behavior, characterized by aggressive and self-harming activities that cause serious disruptions in a child’s life. Conduct disorder results in negative connotations in every aspect of a child’s life: school, home, and community ( church, social clubs, etc.) As this behavior is obvious to others, it should be easily diagnosed. After diagnosis, conduct disorder requires immediate, intensive psychiatric treatment. 

All children display some sort of rebellious traits, at one time or another. However, when a child consistently shows outright rebellion and disrespect, regardless of environmental structure, it is necessary for the child to undergo psychiatric treatment for their behaviors. 


Core Classes

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Also called core curriculum, core course of study refers to a series or selection of courses that all students are required to complete before they can move on to the next level in their education or earn a diploma. . For example, High school students must take the core curriculum to graduate. The core classes of standard academics are English, mathematics, science and social studies.

The purpose of implementing a core course of study is to ensure that every student take and complete courses that are deemed academically and culturally essential. By offering every student the essential basics of learning, students are given a fair and equal opportunity at achieving academic success. While any course of academics is beneficial, these core classes are recognized as the most invaluable courses. Moreover, without completing all of the core curriculum, a student will not be able to graduate.

Core values

core / val.ues

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Core values are an individual's fundamental beliefs and guiding principals by which they live by. Core values are essential for dictating the way a person behaves and how an individual differentiates right from wrong. 





Drug abuse is defined as, compulsive, excessive, and self-damaging use of habit forming drugs or substances, leading to addiction or dependence, serious physiological injury (such as damage to kidneys, liver, heart) and/or psychological harm (such as dysfunctional behavior patterns, hallucinations, memory loss), or death. Also called substance abuse.

Drug addiction is a  severe, potentially life-threatening disease. People who suffer from addiction experience hardships like serious health problems, legal troubles, and loss of support from friends and loved ones. Every hardship an addict faces causes depression. Once an addict is depressed, they turn to self-medicating the only way they know how; abusing harmful substances. As a result, the user creates a sick cycle of abusing: they become depressed from the consequences of abuse, then use the cause of depression (drugs) to treat the depression it caused then.

In addition, those who suffer from the disease of addiction require clinical, psychiatric care. Therapeutic services such as rehabilitation centers, residential treatment facilities, and transitional living programs are viable options for an addict to utilize.

Dual diagnosis


Dual diagnosis (also called co-occurring disorders, COD) is a disorder in which an individual suffers from a mental illness in addition to suffering from addiction to harmful substances..' 

An individual who suffers from COD is incapable of handling his/her psychological ailments on their own. For this reason, it is imperative that individuals suffering from dual diagnosis receive immediate psychiatric treatment.

Emotional disorder /dis.or.der/

Emotional disorder is a broad category which is used commonly in educational settings, to group a range of more specific perceived difficulties of children and adolescents.The most common emotional disorders include Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism, bipolar disorder and anxiety disorder.

Teens, who display characteristics of emotional disorders, are more susceptible to negative behaviors such as, selfishness, rebelliousness, and anger. As adolescence is already a difficult time, teens, who suffer from emotional or psychological disorders, may find navigating through adolescence to be near the impossible. It is for this reason that parents should seek professional therapeutic help if their child is showing symptoms of emotional disorder.

If parents suspect their teen may be suffering from some type of emotional disorder, the services of a wilderness therapy programs will provide their child with adequate therapeutic restoration to their child.

Emotional health / health


Emotional health is an individual’s mental state of well-being. Like physical health, emotional health can be damaged and requires professional and clinical treatment. Those who suffer from a weak state of emotional health, need psychiatric rehabilitation, much like a person who suffers from a physical ailment requires medical attention. Mental therapy can provide adults and children, who suffer from poor emotional health, with the foundation of rehabilitative fundamentals necessary for achieving full recovery.

It was once thought that success and failure are the contributing factor to a person’s, individual state of mental health. However, psychiatric professionals believe it to be the contrary. Those who are happy and who have a healthy state of mentality, are more likely to find success than those who suffer from mental, or emotional, maladies. Additionally, a person’s mental and emotional health is crucial, for not only achieving success, but also living a life of fulfillment and purpose.

Treatment for young adults and adolescents who suffer from poor mental health

The emotional well-being and mental health of an individual is one of the most important aspects of any person’s life way. For this reason, it is necessary for those who suffer from mental illness or poor mental health, to immerse themselves in psychiatric rehabilitation. With active, psychiatric therapy, a person who suffers from mental and emotional disturbance can fully recover and live a fruitful, fully-functioning lifestyle.




English is defined as, a course or individual class in the study of English language, literature, or composition. English is one of the four core courses taught in our country's general educational system. The base course of English studies begins with a student's first school year and continues on until the completion of their primary education ( k-12).




The environment, social context, sociocultural context, or milieu, refers to the immediate physical and social setting in which people live or in which something happens or develops. It includes the culture that the individual was educated or lives in, and the people and institutions with whom they interact. A person's environment is highly influential. Their environment influences everything from the way a person thinks, what he/she likes/dislikes, and what that person does for recreation. This is especially true of adolescents.

Generally speaking, an adolescent's social environment is everything to them. What their peers and other adolescents think of them is an adolescent's main concern. This problematic, inflated importance of their social status in their environment, an adolescent is easily influenced, which can lead to self-destructive behaviors. If it is the cool thing to do, regardless of whether or not it is self-harming, a teen may choose to display negative behaviors. They may do so, in hopes of pleasing other teens within their environment, or to further avoid scrutiny from their environment's social hierarchy.

In short, an adolescent's environment may have a positive, or negative effect on their lives. Because of this, a teen should surround themselves with an environment made up of positive, fruitful and productive peers.

Extracurricular activities

/ex·tra·cur·ric·u·lar/ /ac·tiv·i·ty/
n. noun

Mariam Webster's Dictionary defines extracurricular activity as, ‘an educational or productive activity not falling within the scope of the regular curriculum.’  Examples of extracurricular activities include : social clubs (drama, chess, film etc.), Community activities ( Commmunity theatre, event organizing etc), church activities, arts (theatre, music, dance, creative writing etc.), as well as the participation and the practice of organized sports.

Extracurricular activities are crucial for a well-balanced, productive, teenage lifestyle. These varied activities act as a healthy distraction for teens, who might otherwise engage in unhealthy, self-destructive activities. Additionally, a well-balanced lifestyle requires an adolescent to participate in at least one extracurricular activity, with regularity.

Failure to launch


“Failure to launch” syndrome is an unofficial name for a common problem seen among young adults. In short, it can be defined as the inability, either from desire or lack of preparation, to leave home and begin a journey toward self-supported life.

Young adults who suffer from failure to launch syndrome may show the following characteristics: low tolerance for distress, low levels of motivation, low levels of persistence, failure to take responsibility when appropriate, narcissism, high expectations of others without reciprocating, lack of vision for the future or long term goals, and lack of skills needed for adulthood, like basic cooking and cleaning skills.

The reasons for young adults failing to launch are countless and generally cannot be pinned on one factor. Reasons may include: our nation's weak economy, a failing or unsuccessful run at college, laziness, drug and or alcohol addiction, or parenting factors such as parents who are overbearing or overprotective.

Family members mem.bers


The Mayo Clinic describes family therapy as Family therapy is a type of psychological counseling (psychotherapy) that helps family members improve communication and resolve conflicts.

Family therapy is used as a short-term treatment. A session may include all family members or just part of the family, depending on the issues and willingness of household members. The mission of family therapy professionals is to restore families and repair their damaged relationships.

Parents of troubled teens and troubled young adults can primarily benefit from family therapy. This is because troubled young people often put a strain on all family dynamics among all members. Furthermore, troubled adolescents often alienate themselves from their families, leaving parents in a state of dismay and leaving their respective family members hopeless as to what they can do to offer help to the adolescent. By participating in family therapy, strained relationships and family dynamics can be restored. Family members can learn new strategies in terms of providing support to the troubled adolescent, assisting them in their time of need. Family support perpetuates the treatment a troubled youth may have learned while enrolled in treatment. This ultimately ensures that the troubled teen can continue growing, further distancing themselves from their troubled past.

Family support / sup.port

Family support refers to a families ability to support and assist each other in overcoming adversity. Family support proves to be a fundamental factor in the therapeutic, behavioral and emotional restoration of a troubled teen.

During adolescence, a teenage son or daughter may stray from the path, so to speak, while simultaneously ignoring the love and support from family members. Consequently, teens alienate themselves from their families. Feeling estranged from loved ones, adolescents may then display out of control behaviors. A teen such as this, is often stigmatized as a troubled teen, or troubled adolescent.

As frustrating and daunting it may be at times, it is crucial for family members to support a troubled teenage boy or girl during this time of need. During this, often tumultuous and chaotic venture, it is vital for parents to not fall victim to helplessness, but instead, support their child by locating therapeutic treatment, as this will lead to promoting therapeutic wellness within the troubled child.

Family therapy

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Family therapy is a branch of psychotherapy that treats families and assists them in encouraging change and development. This therapy tends to view change in terms of the systems of interaction between family members. Family therapy emphasizes family relationships as an important foundation in supporting and enabling therapeutic wellness.

Family therapy is designed to address specific issues that affect the psychological health of the family. Family therapy contends that the internal dynamics of the family can produce and sustain problematic behaviors in family members. Therefore, by promoting change within the inner dynamics of a family, this type of therapy is able to restore therapeutic wellness within the family unit.

Family therapy addresses underlying, family issues (communication problems, interpersonal conflicts, behavioral issues in adolescents). By recognizing the fundamental issues that are causing disorder, family members are able to effectively work towards recovery as a supportive and cohesive entity, as opposed to striving for therapeutic wellness as individuals.

Family-style environment programs


Family-style environment programs for troubled teens are family-style treatment programs that recreate a home-like environment, Supporting children and families to reach optimum growth, independence and joy.

Programs that implement a family-styled environment, are effective and resourceful, for a many reasons. Firstly, these programs provide psychiatric assistance to troubled teens, while maintaining a comfortable and safe environment, feel for teens. The more relaxed and comfortable a suffering teen is, the more available they will be to receive effective treatment. 

Family-style environments have additional, simulative affects as well. A troubled teen who partakes in the psychiatric treatments of  family-styled facility, will learn invaluable lessons on how to appropriately deal with stressful situations, differences with others, and properly express their emotions.

Fundamental skills / skills

The Psychology Dictionary defines fundamental skills: the ability needed to perform a task or understand an idea. 2. The basic ability necessary to function competently in society. Skills are reading, writing, mathematics and communication.

Fundamental skills are rudimentary abilities essential for living a basic, functioning life. Fundamental, of course, describes the bare essentials of an entity. Without a fundamental foundation, nothing can come to fruition. Furthermore, without fundamental, rudimentary skills, an individual cannot effectively navigate through life, as they lack the basic abilities to do so.

Troubled teens will sometimes struggle, because they lack certain fundamental skills, making it impossible to achieve any type of substantial success. Troubled tees who lack the fundamental abilities to accurately control their emotions, abstain from acting on impulse, or even adhering to society's most reasonable boundaries, are living a dangerous, chaotic lifestyle. If left unchecked, this lifestyle will ultimately result in utter destruction, or at best, unwavering mediocrity.

Group therapy

Group / ther.ap.y


Group therapy is a psychiatric treatment practice that is presented in a group-like setting. A group therapy session includes one or more psychotherapist professionals treating a small group of people simultaneously. Group therapy is used to treat behavioral issues such as anger management disorder or drug addiction.

Group therapy is utilized when the shared involvement of others would be more effective than individual treatment. If a person is struggling with a disorder that other like-minded people are also suffering from, they are put in a group where they can support and give feedback to each other. This kind of therapeutic practice is particularly useful to a panel of individuals suffering from similar addictions or dependencies. When fully engaging in the group and helping others through similar issues, an individual can apply the same tactics to their  life.

Wilderness therapy programs emphasize the importance of group support. Furthermore, wilderness therapy requires people to work as a team, overcome obstacles together, build positive relationships, and finally, reach restoration as a group as well as individually.

Habit reversal

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Habit reversal training is a "multicomponent behavioral treatment package originally developed to address a wide variety of repetitive behavior disorders. Habit reversal is used to treat individual's suffering from Tourette's syndrome, as well as individuals who struggle with impulse control behaviors such as, hair pulling, or pathological skin picking. While this type of training was originally used to correct repetitive behavior disorders, habit reversal training has also become an invaluable tool in treating negative behaviors in troubled teens. Using Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, the most advanced residential treatment assists troubled teens in reversing their problematic behaviors and learned habits.

A habit is a behavior, positive or negative, that is repeated continuously over an extended amount of time. Positive habits are often times difficult to develop and requires a certain amount of diligence and discipline from an individual. Contrariwise to good habits, bad habits are much easier to establish and are developed when an individual lacks discipline. Unfortunately, it is much more difficult to break bad habits. Furthermore, if bad habits are left uncontrolled, they can easily destroy a young person's life. It is for this reason that habit reversal is a crucial and formidable tool in treating out of control troubled teens.

Healthy behaviors

health.y be.hav.ior


Healthy behavior is any action a person acts that promotes positive psychological, physical and personal ramifications. By acting on healthy behaviors, an individual is more likely to live a happy, successful and fruitful lifestyle.

There are nearly countless healthy behaviors a person choose to act on. Healthy behaviors consist of actions such as eating a well-balanced diet, exercising, working hard on the job, or studying diligently in academics.. By displaying actions such as these, a person lives a balanced lifestyle. Additionally, a person who acts on healthy behaviors is more likely to have psychological stability, and less liable to struggle from an emotional disorder. Contrarily speaking, individuals who choose to act on negative, unhealthy behaviors, are likely to develop behaviorally and psychological ailments, such as depression or anxiety disorder.

In conclusion, it is imperative to act on healthy behaviors as opposed to negative, unhealthy conduct. Moreover, choices of today significantly affect the outcomes of tomorrow.

High school


hī/ sko?ol/

High school is a phase of schooling that typically comprises of grades 9 through 12. The purpose of high school is to prepare students for life after adolescents. In high school, a student will learn the necessary knowledge that is considered to be fundamental for living a functional, adult lifestyle. High school is also used to help prepare students for college, an elective source of schooling if they choose to continue their education.

High-risk teens


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Troubled teens, who are considered high-risk, are teens who display negative and self-destructive behaviors that may lead to long-lasting damage to their lives. Troubled adolescents who constantly pose difficulty in the classroom, oppose authority, or participate in self-harming activities (drug addiction, cutting etc.) are considered to be at 'high-risk.'

High-risk teens are, often, uncontrollable and nearly impossible to parent. If left to their own devices, high-risk teens' conduct can supplementally escalate into severe, life-long behaviors and habits. For this reason, it is crucial for a teen to be identified and treated for their high-risk tendencies.


highly trained professionals

 highly trained professionals are specialized and well-trained professional staff that use their training and schooling to accomplish the work that only they are trained and qualified to accomplish.

When pertaining to the therapeutic restoration of troubled teens, highly trained professionals, usually certified therapeutic professionals, are able to give therapeutic guidance to teens who desperately need their therapeutic expertise. Highly trained therapeutic professionals are the only qualified personnel to diagnose and properly treat psychological disorders in troubled youth. Moreover, highly trained professionals are a crucial and integral part of helping troubled teens reach their full therapeutic potential.

When searching for a treatment option for troubled teens, parents need to make sure that the specific treatment employs highly trained professional staff to ensure their child receives the most effective treatment.





History class is one of the subjects of a core curriculum known as, social studies. History class is a vital education that opens the world's past cultures and knowledge to students around the world. 

Although still considered to be a core class of study, history class is often overlooked and viewed as the lesser of its core curriculum counterparts. However, while it is easy to overlook history’s role of importance or involvement in our live’s, this does not suggest that history, is in fact, insignificant. 

While the every day use of mathematical and english tools are apparent, history is what gives a person perspective, appreciation, and caution for their live’s current place in human existence.

Impulse control / con.trol


The medical dictionary defines impulse control as: “The Psychology The degree to which a person can control the desire for immediate gratification or other; impulse control may be the single most important indicator of a person's future adaptation in terms of number of friends, school performance and future employment.”

Those who show poor impulse control, lack self-discipline. If an individual lacks discipline, that individual is subject to participating in harmful, impulsive behaviors. Moreover, those who lack skills of impulse control must develop self-discipline in order to overcome their personal afflictions.

To young men and women who have let their impulse control, or lack thereof, effect or even destroy their life, there is hope. With appropriate therapies and clinical, professional treatment, teens and young adults can develop impulse control.




Impulsiveness refers to an act of behavior conducted under little or no thought, but rather on impulse. Impulsiveness is can be a dangerous behavior, and should be treated with therapy if the individual consistently displays impulse control issues. A person who chronically suffers from impulsiveness is unpredictable and a danger to his or her environment if therapeutic treatment is not sought after.

Although impulsiveness, is a dangerous behavior, it can be treated and controlled with the right therapy and treatment. However, if left uncontrolled or untreated, impulsiveness can ruin the life of an individual and even those around him/her. Additionally, treatment should be the number one priority for the parents or family of an individual who suffers from impulsivity.

Whether a young man or woman struggles with impulsiveness because they are mentally ill, have little discipline, or simply don't care about the consequences, but instead only desire instant gratification, there is hope for recovery. With adequate therapeutic restoration and rehabilitation, impulsiveness can be kept under control.


Independent living skills / skill.s


Independent living skills or life skills, is a particular skill set that allows a person to live a fully functional, adult-lifestyle. Independent living may skills include, paying bills, balancing a checkbook, and budgeting a bank account for living expenditures. Additionally, people who have life skills are also able to hold down some employment so they can live independently.

Unfortunately, there are many young adults who fail to acquire independent life skills that are necessary for living a life of genuine independence. Many young people are simply ill-prepared for adulthood, for a variety of reasons. One of these reasons is that many young adults are just troubled teens who have reached adulthood. This, of course, means that these young people are now, troubled young adults.

Troubled young adults often lack independent living skills that are necessary for living a functioning, adult lifestyle. This is because troubled young adults spent much of their adolescence self-indulging and abstaining from hard work or life preparation of any kind. Instead of focusing on their future, troubled young adults were focused on other aspects of their lives, such as their friends. Young adults, such as these, were more focused on having fun than preparing for their life ahead. This, in turn, results in a young man or woman in having acquired underdeveloped independent life skills.

Wilderness therapy and the development of building independent life skills.

The character and self-confidence building aspects of wilderness therapy makes it a viable choice for young men and women who, thus far, are ill-prepared for adulthood. There is no other environment than that of the wilderness that truly requires a person to have life skills. Additionally, a person who develops independent skills in the wilderness is surely able to live a life of independence in their own, regular, adult-lifestyle.

Individual academic treatment /ac.a.dem.ic/ /treat.ment/

Individual academic treatment is a specialized academic program designed to teach students individually, as opposed to clumping students together in an educational setting.

Adolescents are their own unique person. It is for this reason, that teens should also receive their own, personal academic curriculum. Teens learn at different speeds, through different methods, and, therefore, should be given an academic curriculum specifically created with their learning needs in mind.

Unfortunately, traditional schooling does not provide students with individual academic treatment. Typically, traditional teaching methods require students to learn as a group. Consequently, some of the teens in this group fall behind, due to their individual learning needs getting neglected. Teens, who fall behind, are then singled out, leaving them with the stigma of being 'stupid' or slow.' This unfortunate misunderstanding results in many teens feeling inadequate. These students may then be apprehensive to even attempt to learn and grow academically.

Fortunately, teens, who would greatly benefit from the services of individual academic treatment, are able to receive their education at various facilities. These specialized treatment centers include wilderness therapy programs, residential treatment centers, group homes, and therapeutic boarding schools for troubled teens.

Individualized clinical care

/in.div.i.dual.iz.ed/ / /care/


Individualized clinical care is an approach that accommodates every aspect of a person's life. Individualized treatment incorporates physical, psychological, emotional, developmental, familial, social and cultural factors. Every client is treated as a unique individual with treatment plans tailored to the individual's specific needs and problems.

In regards to therapeutic treatment, individualized clinical care provides an individual with a treatment program that is unique to them and their psychological needs. Instead of implementing a 'one size fits all' treatment, an individual is able to fully focus on their own unique issues and is then able to achieve therapeutic wellness with success.

Individualized clinical care is the most effective way to treat troubled teens. By addressing an individual, troubled adolescent's specific issues, psychological professional staff are able to effectively treat their unique ailments and disorders. In other words, a teen's disorders are unique and different from other teens. Accordingly, a teen's therapeutic treatment should be individualized and designed for their unique disorders.

intensive psychiatric treatments

Intensive psychiatric treatments

 /in.ten.sive/ / /treat.ment/ 


The definition of Intensive psychiatric treatment is: ‘the care given to improve a mental sickness or illness in a way that is very thorough or vigorous. ‘

Intensive psychiatric treatments are necessary for those who suffer from severe psychological disorder, such as depression or addictive behaviors. Moreover, it is crucial for an individual to undergo evaluation of their psychological disorder so that their disorder can be effectively treated by appropriate, intensive treatments. 

When intensive treatments are necessary, it implies that traditional therapies are inadequate, and not suitable in terms of exclusivity. For this reason, it is imperative for those who require intensive therapies, to not rely on failed, traditional forms of treatment.

Internal conflict

/in.ter.nal/ /con.flict/


Internal conflict is a mental or emotional dilemma within an individual's own state of mind. This personal dilemma is when an individual is torn between two choices: picking between what is right and what is wrong. Contrary to external conflict, which is used to describe a person's conflict with outside forces and easily is observable to other people, Internal conflict is completely introversive, often times unnoticed by outside parties.

The Teenage psyche is riddled with all kinds of internal conflicts. Adolescents are constantly battling with the choice of what would be ethical, as opposed to what would be easiest. Often times, the right thing, to do, is less fun and requires some amount diligence, but will ultimately benefit an individual in the long run. The wrong choice, however, is usually much easier to act on and generally brings about instant gratification. The wrong choice may initially be the easiest, more convenient of the two, but will almost exclusively result in negative consequences later on down the road. Unfortunately, troubled teens often times choose to do the more convenient, less productive of choices when engaged in an internal conflict. These teens believe they are taking the path of the least resistance, when in reality, their flawed plan will ultimately lead to overwhelming adversity.

Troubled teens who constantly fight a losing battle of internal conflict, are able to overcome and conquer their flawed way of thinking through therapeutic treatment. Additionally, residential treatment is a therapeutic treatment that can assist these types of struggling adolescents and provide them with the tools to live a balanced, healthy lifestyle.

Interpersonal relationships

In·ter·per·son·al/ /re·la·tion·ships/


An Interpersonal relationship is a term used to describe individuals who share a strong, closely knit bond with each other. Interpersonal relationships are most often found to be shared between family members and a small circle of close friends. Interpersonal relationships require a large amount of nurturing and time investment. Most people find interpersonal relationships to be the most enjoyable kind of relationship or bond.

Similar to a living, breathing organism, interpersonal relationships have a lifespan. In order to maintain a interpersonal relationship's life, one has to nurture and protect it, as you would a living, breathing life-form. Interpersonal relationships grow and evolve gradually. Through spending time with one another, supporting one another, and sharing empathy towards one another, two people sharing an interpersonal relationship are able to grow their bond even further. Contrariwise, without adequate time investment and proper nurturing, the bond between two people of an interpersonal relationship may deteriorate.





An intervention is the process of intervening, usually referring to negative behaviors. Additionally, an intervention may refer to a group activity in where the group conducts a surprise, group therapy session for an addicted, or self-harming individual in need of personal, life change. 

When referring to the treatment and therapy of addicted, or self-damaging individuals, the activity of intervention is made up of the struggling person’s family and loved ones. Moreover, these specialized group councils are commonly conducted under the supervision of a therapeutic individual, who assists the individual’s loved ones in effectively reaching the afflicted person. 

While interventions are a useful too, they often do not completely irradiate the negative behaviors of the person of interest. Furthermore, those who are the subject of an intervention, most likely require some sort  of additional, psychiatric treatment.

Lasting change change


Lasting change is permanent or long-lasting positive change that comes from within a person. Lasting changes is achieved after a person actually completes or enlists the services of psychiatric treatment. As every individual is different, so is their course in achieving long lasting changes; while some methods may help some individuals, this does not mean that it will actually help all persons.

Those who are seeking change for their behavioral or emotional health, are looking for a Psychiatric change that will promote permanent changing qualities. However, not every person finds permanent positive change. One’s failure of achieving restoration may be because they sought after treatment that is ineffectual and gave up after the specific treatment failed to work. For individuals such as these, it is important to not merely ‘give up,’ but instead, look for treatments that best suit the needs of the particular individual.

Wilderness therapy is a relatively alternative, yet powerful approach to psychiatric treatment. While wilderness therapy is truly not for every individual, it has proven to be effective in treating those who seek not only change, but permanent growth and positive change as well.

Learning styles

/ /Style/


Learning styles are different ways that a person can learn. It's commonly believed that most people favor some particular method of interacting with, taking in, and processing stimuli or information. As no one person is the same, their methods of most effectively taking in knowledge should also be unique to the individual. What methods work for certain people, may not necessarily suit the learning needs of others.

Teens greatly differ from one another in terms of learning styles and processing information. Adolescents are living in a time where they are trying to figure out who they are as an individual. During adolescence, teens discover their own unique identity, as a result, teens consequently learn to process information separately from one another. While some teen's prefer learning through reading and studying, others require experiential education to effectively learn new information. Moreover, educating professionals should be well equipped in dealing with individual student's needs, rather than force students to learn through ways that don't suit their specific, learning needs.



Life skills


The term, "life skill," refers to one's ability to cope with challenges of daily life, especially skills in communication, decision making, occupational requirements, problem-solving, time management and planning. Life skills are developed during adolescence and early adulthood. To summarize, life skills are essential abilities one needs to effectively, and productively, navigate through life.

When concerning troubled teens, life skills, although absolutely essential for living a normal life, are aptitudes that are critically neglected and underdeveloped. For example, troubled teens tend to lack the life skill required to properly manage stress, or anger. Due to their lack of ability to use proper life skills, teens turn to unproductive and nonsensical "solutions" to ease their anxiety or anger. The severity of negative solutions vary, from laziness to self destruction, but ultimately results in grave ramifications for the individual teen if left unchecked.

To summarize, troubled teens who fail to develop fundamental life skills, are incapable of living a life of success. These teens suffer from a faulty mindset, which if left untreated, may result in dire, even fatal, consequences.

Lifelong learning

/life.long/ /

Lifelong learning is the ongoing, voluntary, and self-motivated pursuit of knowledge for either personal or professional reasons. Therefore, it not only enhances social inclusion, active citizenship, and personal development, but also self-sustainability, rather than competitiveness and employability.

By choosing to continuously learn, well after traditional education is completed, individuals who practice lifelong learning are constantly evolving and growing as a person. By constantly seeking for additional knowledge, a person is able to open their mind and experience all aspects of life, rather than settle for whatever they have already achieved. By growing and furthering intellect, an individual is able to share their knowledge, bettering the human experience in the process.

Lifelong learning, or constantly expanding one's knowledge is essential for building a better tomorrow. For example, if a generation collectively thirsted for and sought out additional knowledge, they would be consciously choosing to break down the barriers of close-mindedness, ensuring our future would be a time acceptance, understanding and peace. Contrariwise, a generation of stunted, intellectual development would bring about intolerance, ignorance and chaos, much of what we already see today.

Maladaptive behavior

/mal·a·dap·tive/ /be·hav·ior/

Maladaptive behavior is a psychological term used to describe irrational and self-destructive behavior. A person who displays this behavior fails to live in reality. Afflicted individuals typically hold onto false beliefs, no matter how contrary the evidence may be. Additionally, those who display maladaptive behaviors are in immediate need of psychiatric assistance.  

Maladaptive behavior is a very dangerous one, often leaving individuals with a complete loss of self-control, or self-awareness. Those afflicted fail to see that their behavior is a problem, and therefore, opt out of seeking psychiatric assistance. A person suffering from maladaptive behavior see no fault in their decision making, while everyone else is ‘wrong,’ or ‘stupid.’ 

Unfortunately, maladaptive behavior is a largely shared disorder amongst  our nation’s youth. However, there are many therapeutic programs that offer substantial psychiatric treatments to those afflicted. Moreover, residential treatment programs are the most effective choice for suffering teenage girls. 






Math, also known as mathematics, is the abstract science of number, quantity, and space. Mathematics is one of the four core courses of study in basic education. There are many levels of difficulties in mathematics. The specific level or difficulty of one’s class of mathematics, depends on the individual’s mathematical aptitude, as well as their grade, and institution.

When speaking in generalities, students study math every year of their schooling, beginning in kindergarten and concluding with the completion of 12th grade. As every student must participate in Mathematics, and furthermore, acquire a certain amount of credits for mathematics, it is a significantly important study.




In psychology, maturity is the ability to respond to the environment in an appropriate manner. This response is generally learned rather than instinctive. Maturity also encompasses being aware of the correct time and place to behave and knowing when to act, according to the circumstances and the culture of the society one lives in.

The level of one's maturity may have multiple factors. Mental illness or psychological disorders, a person's environment and/ or the way a person was raised, all are contributing factors on a person's maturity level.

Troubled young people often display immaturity and immature behaviors. This is mainly due to the fact that troubled young men and women generally lack discipline. It is usually as simple as : troubled young adults and teens view making mature decisions as boring, while often choosing to act on self-indulgences, instead.

Troubled young men and women’s’ development into maturity can be problematic and seemingly futile. However, there are many treatment options for these types of young men and women. Treatment programs like, independent living programs, group homes, residential treatment centers, and transitional living programs are all viable resources. However, wilderness therapy has proven to be among the most effective of treatment options to consider.

Medical support

/ /sup.port/

Medical support refers to the support system within a medical community. The staff of a medical team are what make-up medical support. The medical support team provide patients with medical care and treatment for whatever ailments they are being treated for. in other words, without the support of the medical team, there is no treatment.

The specific kind of medical support an individual requires exclusively depends on what kind of ailment or disorder they happen to be suffering from. In terms of therapeutic treatment, an individual can expect medical support in the form of therapies and therapeutic activities. The medical support of psychological professionals is to provide an individual with therapeutic treatment, in hopes that their treatment may heal or mend the therapeutic ailments of the suffering individual.

Mental health

Men.tal / health

Mayo clinic defines mental health as, "a person’s condition with regard to their psychological and emotional well-being." An individual's mental health may be damaged, or even failing, but this does not mean that their mental state is permanently damaged. With proper mental health counseling, a psychologically ailing individual can restore their mental health, and live a productive, healthy lifestyle. This is an important notion for a parent of a psychologically struggling teen to know.

Unfortunately, many young people struggle with the state of their mental health. Many young men and women struggle with age of adolescence and young adulthood due to the new stresses that these transitional phases bring. If a young person is ill-prepared to face the new struggles of this transitional phase, they may lash out and display negative behavioral patterns. Luckily for young people such as these, there are treatment options to assist them in restoring their mental state.



Motivation is defined as the process that initiates, guides, and maintains goal-oriented behaviors. Motivation is a human, inborn characteristic that allows us to do things necessary for living, such as eating food when hungry and drinking water when thirsty. Moreover, outside of natural instincts, motivation is what allows an individual to strive for a better a life. If a person lacks motivation, they will fail to reach their full potential in areas of life they desire to strive in.

Motivation is generally used to describe why a person makes the choices they do in every day life. For instance, if a person’s motivation is to achieve high marks in academics, their choices will accordingly be to chosen in order to reach that goal. Contrariwise, if a person’s motivation is to have fun instead of academic achievement, that individual will choose to make choices that hinder their academic status.

Motivation can be positive or negative, it just depends on an individuals priorities and the desire to achieve their goals. If a young person has negative motivation, they may have set their priorities to things like, obtaining drugs and/or alcohol, or putting the time in effort into negative relationships. However, if a young person simply reprioritizes their personal goals to positive endeavors (school, vocational goals etc.) they will be able to regain control of their life and meet their potential.

Negative beliefs

/neg.a.tive/ /be.liefs/


A negative belief is a thought, or system of thoughts, that negatively affects an individual's life. Simply put, negative beliefs are those limiting beliefs about oneself or any aspect of a life, that prevents them from achieving success.

Negative beliefs are prevalent among troubled teenage boys and girls. Troubled teens create their own reality. Their negative thought process allows them to consciously view the world through a filter of unrealistic negativity. Troubled adolescents view all authority as their enemy, consequently alienating them from functioning society. In their mind, a troubled teen is the only one who possesses the answers, and everyone else is wrong. It is this problematic and faulty line of thinking that, in turn, enables troubled teens to consistently choose to make poor choices, in spite of the overwhelming harmful ramifications that ensue.

For parents of troubled teens who have developed a negative mindset, there are treatment options to consider. 

Obsessive behaviors

Ob.sess.ive/ be.hav.iors 


Obsessive behavior refers to a person who is unhealthily fixated on certain things. A person, who suffers from obsessive behavior, is controlled by their actions and are deeply conflicted. A psychological disorder, such as obsessive-compulsive disorder, may be to blame for a person's obsessive, negative behaviors. However, OCD is not always the culprit for a person’s obsessive behavioral patterns. Negative behaviors, such as self-harm or drug and alcohol addiction, are also considered obsessive behaviors.

It is crucial for individuals who struggle with obsessive behaviors to be treated for their disorders. Obsessive behavior by definition, is difficult to overcome or change, and can nearly be impossible to overcome by one’s self. The longer obsessive behavior goes untreated, the more difficult time it will be for a person to effectively overcome such behaviors. For this reason, it is imperative for afflicted individuals to seek immediate treatment.

A dynamic and effective treatment solution, such as wilderness therapy, can assist individual's who suffer from obsessive behaviors. Through treatment, wilderness therapy can accurately identify and treat underlying issues that may be causing the behaviors.

Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD)

[op-uh-zish-uh n al] [dih-fahy-uh nt] [dis-awr-der]

|?äp??zi sh ?n| |di?fī?nt| |dis?ôrd?r|
n. noun

Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) is a psychological disorder an individual develops during childhood. ODD is characterized by negative behavioral patterns including, rebelliousness, disobedience, and hostility directed towards any authority. Oppositional defiant disorder's diagnosis may be identified after a child displays severe, defiant behavior for six months or longer. 

When speaking in generalities, children typically demonstrate some sort of defiant, or rebellious behavior.  However, ODD is a very different form of disobedience. Children who suffer from oppositional defiant disorder, are nearly impossible to control, defy any and all type of authority regardless of potential consequences. In other words, their behavior’s level of defiance is a severe one, which may cause parents to reach a state of pure helplessness.

Parent Education

/par.ent/ /


Parent education is defined as, programs, support services and resources offered to parents and caregivers that are designed to support them or increase their capacity and confidence in raising healthy children. Furthermore, parent education is essential for assisting parents of troubled adolescents.

Raising a child is already a difficult and trying task. Raising an out of control, troubled adolescent, however, can leave parents with a sense of helplessness and utter discouragement. For these parents, parent education is key. Through parent education, parents of troubled adolescents are given invaluable new tools and skills they can apply in raising their child.

Parent education can only help parents to an extent. The best parenting strategies are sometimes futile in attempts of controlling a troubled adolescent's out of control behaviors. For these types of parents, residential treatment can be the solution in correcting their out of control child's negative behaviors and mindset.

Parent seminars

parent seminars

Parent seminars are conferences that men and women attend in order to further their knowledge in new parenting methods and strategies. These conferences are designed to assist men and women in improving their overall quality of parenting.

Across the nation, countless struggling mothers and fathers attend various parent seminars, hoping to find answers to their seemingly helpless situation. These men and women are parents of children of different ages, but generally, are seeking new methods in parenting a troubled teen.

Troubled teens display out of control and erratic behaviors. Because of this, parents may be completely clueless as to why their child is displaying such out of control, negative behaviors. It is, generally, these types of parents that seek the services of parent seminars.

Parent seminars vary in the material they provide and what techniques they coach parents on, but collectively strive to complete one mission: To assist struggling parents in strengthening the bond between child and parent, provide parents with new parenting approaches, and to fix or alleviate any problems parents may be facing in rearing their child.


Peer culture

peer / cult.ure


A peer group is a person’s surrounding people who they interact with on a day-to-day basis. A person’s peer group share one more of the following : similar interests, age, background, and social status. A peer group is a crucial part of any person’s life because it often influences their behavior, opinions and quality of life.

Peer groups, like any social structure, contain hierarchies and distinct patterns of behavior. For example, 18 year olds tend to not associate with 14 year olds even though they attend they may attend the same school. Moreover, teachers generally do not spend a significant amount of time with students outside of the classroom.

During adolescence, teens start to spend a more significant time with peers outside of their family structure. During this crucial time in their life, a teen will try to find a peer culture that will share their same interests and accept them individually. Teens put much effort and importance into being accepted by a peer culture, so much so, that they may behave in negative ways if the value system of the specific peer culture requires them too. For instance, if a peer group experiments with harmful substances, it is likely that partaking in the experimentation of these harmful substances is a requirement.

Due to the significant influence a peer group has on an individual, it is crucial that they choose to associate with a group of positive individuals. Furthermore, if a person aspires to achieve any level of success, it is imperative for them to choose to be apart of a peer culture that supports and nurtures their aspirations.

Physical fitness / fit.ness


The medical dictionary describes physical fitness as " A state of psychological well-being that is achieved through a combination of a healthy diet, regular physical exercise, and other practices that promote good health."

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Physical fitness is often overlooked in terms of improving mental health. It is proven that physical fitness not only enhances the development of one's body, but is a powerful tool in improving mental health. People who participate in physical fitness are less likely to suffer from depression, as well as, other psychological ailments including, bipolar and anxiety disorder. In short, having good physical fitness makes individuals happier.

Physical fitness is especially important for improving the mental state of adolescents. Young men and women who are considered to have good physical fitness, are less likely to develop mental and therapeutic disorders than those who don't participate in physical activity. In fact, many teens and young men and women are misdiagnosed as bipolar or other therapeutic disorders because they show symptoms of the presumed ailment. However, in some cases, these teens are experiencing symptoms of a poor diet and lack of exercise which naturally makes individuals depressed or moody.

Wilderness therapy is an excellent solution for those who show psychological disorders due to an unhealthy diet, and lack of exercise. The natural environment of wilderness therapy provides the perfect foundation for young men and women to not only reach physical fitness goals, but to also experience therapeutic restoration in a non-traditional but effective way.

Poor grades

/poor/ /grades/

A poor grade is a substandard performance in an activity, usually academic, in which an individual is graded on. There is a variety of reasons and circumstances an individual receives a poor grade. Poor grades may be the result of a variety of factors including, the individual suffers from a mental deficiency, lack of understanding, poor teaching educator, lack of motivation or is dealing with personal issues which, in turn, affects their performance in school or workplace.

Poor grades prove to be a continuous and prevalent issue among troubled teens. Troubled teens rarely receive poor grades due to their lack of cognitive prowess. Generally speaking, troubled teens are fully capable of earning sufficient grades in academics, but consciously choose not to put forth the necessary effort needed to do so.

Fortunately for troubled teens, troubled adolescent rehabilitative services such as, residential treatment centers, therapeutic boarding schools and group homes for troubled teens, as well as wilderness therapy programs offer grade restoration for those who have failed to earn adequate marks in school.


Positive life changes

pos·i·tive | life |

/päz?div/  /līf/ /CHoisez/


Positive life changes are modifications a person makes in order to better their lives. These lifestyle choices vary from subtle actions, to complete lifestyle overhauls. However, every positive life choice is one that promotes success, well-being and productivity in one’s life. 

Positive life choices may be simple actions of self-preserving endeavors, such as eating a healthy meal, or exercising. By consistently making small, positive life choices, an individual is able to empower the overall productivity of their lifestyle. 

Positive life choices may also include significant actions of self-empowerment. These actions may include, restructuring one’s entire eating habits, or exercise regimen. 


Positive relationships

pos.i.tive /


PosItive relationships are friendships, kinships, or other social associations that provide productivity within a person’s life. Positive relationships are crucial for an individual’s happiness, productiveness, and is the foundation of a person's support system. A person who engages in only positive relationships is more likely to live a productive, fruitful lifestyle.

Positive relationships can come I’m many different forms, shared between different types of people. Friends, family members and even work colleagues can be considered as a positive relationship to an individual. Whatever relation an individual has with another in a positive correlation, they can turn to this person when they are in need of support, or help that individual when they are in need of support. Additionally, a positive relationship means that the particular influence the individual has is a positive one, further eliminating any negativity that a person might potentially face. For instance, if a young man is focused on a particular goal, an active relationship would steer him towards his specific goal, assisting him along the way. Through this kind of support system, a person can reach their objectives, personal aspirations and needs more quickly than they would without the support that a positive relationship presents.

In conclusion, a positive relationship, whether it's shared with a colleague, parent, sibling or friend, can improve a person’s life. With sharing a kinship with a positive influence, an individual may stay focused on their  life, while being able to depend on another for help, motivation, and input. Furthermore, people who share many positive relationships with other, like-minded people, are generally happier and well-rounded than those who choose not to engage in such camaraderie.



Powerlessness Is used to describe a person's inability to succeed in certain aspects of their life. Powerlessness is often used to describe an addict's inability to overcome addiction. This term is also used to describe a person's lack of ability to overcome psychological disorder (depression, OCD, anxiety, etc.).


/pre/ /alg.e.bra/


Pre-Algebra is the name of a course that is generally taken in middle school math, although sometimes it is taught as early as third grade for gifted students. For homeschool taught students, pre-algebra can be taught anywhere from 8 years old to 17 years, depending on the child's mathematic ability.

Pre-algebra is a preparatory course designed to prepare students for the more advanced, upcoming course of algebra. Pre- algebra is crucial, as it is the foundation of all advanced high school mathematics. Without the foundation of pre- algebra, students may fall behind and fail to ever reach academic requirements needed to graduate high school.

The main focus of Pre-algebra is to teach students about numbers that falls between the basic four (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) and algebra. Pre-algebra even includes some geometry, although most schools break geometry into a separate course.

private boarding school

Priv.ate / boar.ding / schools


A private boarding school is a private school where students reside on campus. Private boarding schools provide not only room and boarding for their pupils, but also provide food and amenities that any students may need. Private schools do this so that students can reside on campus, without having to leave for any reason. Additionally, private boarding schools ensure the safety of their pupils by eliminating the need to travel off campus.

proactive mindset

/pro.act.ive/ /mind.set/

A proactive mindset is one's ability to make proactive decisions as opposed to reactive decisions. A proactive mind will control a situation by doing something about it, rather than waiting for them to take place. A proactive mind is always thinking of the future. If an individual has a proactive mindset, they will prepare and work on ways in which they can improve their future.

Unfortunately, troubled teens tend to struggle implementing a proactive mindset. Rather than think of what the future holds, they live in the 'here and now.' Troubled adolescents only care about how they feel at the moment, and, therefore, are unlikely to be prepared for obstacles and adversities hat lie ahead. Due to their lack of concern for their future, troubled teens are more susceptible to negative behaviors that provide instant gratification, even if that instant gratification destroys prospects and opportunities that may lie ahead.

Reactive attachment disorder

/re·ac·tive/ /at·tach·ment/ /dis·or·der/
n. noun

Reactive attachment disorder (RAD) is a rare but serious condition in which an infant or a young child doesn't establish emotional, healthy attachments to parents or those caring for them. RAD is prevalent in infants who were not given proper loving treatment in their first months living. Consequently, RAD is a common disorder amongst adopted, or foster cared, children. 


Those who suffer from reactive attachment disorder, may be misunderstood, and viewed as cold, emotionless, or even cruel. However, this is only the appearance of those who suffer from RAD, as these types of individuals are capable of feeling basic, human emotions.

People suffering from RAD, are traumatized individuals. RAD is the result of an individual suffering mistreatment, early on in their developmental lives. Additionally, afflicted individuals build a social ‘exterior,’ which is created with the intentions of keeping people ‘out.’ Moreover, a person suffering from RAD builds this social exterior, as a defense mechanism, or as preventative measures so that they cannot feel the same neglect as they once have.

Rebellious behavior

/re.bell.ious/ /be.hav.iour/

Rebellious behavior is a behavior in which an individual refuses to obey rules or authority. A person, who demonstrates rebellious behavior, fights against standards they feel, for one reason or another, are unfair or don't apply to them personally. Rebellious behavior is common and manifests in everyone at one time or another. However, these behaviors can become out of control, alienating the individual from functional society.

Rebellious behavior is a common trait amongst troubled teens. Troubled adolescents view authority as the enemy and feel as though they do not need to comply with any rules established by parents or any other type of an authority figure. Troubled adolescents don't view parents setting boundaries as a way of keeping them safe. Instead, these teens view their parents as unfair tyrants or oppressors who only want to get in the way of the teen from having fun. It is this flawed way of thinking that influences a troubled adolescent to rebel against parents and authority figures with regularity.

Recovery process

recovery process 


A recovery process is an undertaking of restorative properties regarding a person’s shortcomings, disorder, or maladies. The process of recovery is initiated after an individual seeks some sort of treatment for their personal affliction. 

There are many different forms of recovery process. A person’s process of restorative endeavors, depends upon that individual’s personal disorders, and the severity of those disorders. For Instance, a troubled teenage girl, who suffers from hardcore, drug addiction, may find their process of restoration at a rehabilitation center for troubled youth. However, an adolescent girl who suffers from mild depression may be able to achieve a process of recovery by simply engaging in traditional, one-on-one therapies. 

It is imperative for parents of troubled teenage girls to understand the severity of their daughter’s behavioral issues. Moreover, it is crucial for parents of a troubled girl to seek appropriate care for their their daughter’s process of recovery. 


Recreation counselors

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Recreation counselors, sometimes called recreation workers, these professionals plan and organize interesting activities for groups and organizations. They may work indoors or outdoors on weekends, at irregular hours or seasonally, depending on their job type.

Recreation counselors organize outside, recreational activities for youth within communities that may be subject to negative influences (gang involvement, substance abuse etc.). The mission of these counselors is to provide youth with productive distractions, in hopes that youth abstain from negative activities and behaviors.

Recreation counselors may even include a therapeutic element in their activities, using various activities as a learning experience. This type of treatment is used in conjunction with therapeutic treatment offered at treatment programs such as, residential treatment and rehabilitation centers.




A relapse is the reoccurrence of negative behaviors that were thought to have been removed from an individual’s lifestyle choices. For instance, a person who successfully graduated from a rehabilitative center for heroin abuse, may in fact, relapse by consuming heroin prior to reaching a state of recovery. 

Relapsing is always a possibility for those who are in a state of recovery, and therefore, should always be recognized as a potential threat. Those who feel as though they are fully ‘recovered,’ from a negative behavior, are more likely to relapse, and partake in that behavior if they ignore the threats of repeating behaviors. For this reason, it is crucial for those in recovery to recognize the possibility of relapse, additionally taking further steps to prevent the possibility of the specific, relapse. 




Relationships: the way in which two or more concepts, objects, or people are connected, or the state of being connected. Building strong relationships with family and friends is essential for living a productive lifestyle.

While building healthy relationships are important, avoiding unhealthy, negative relationships is even more critical. Troubled teens, often times, struggle with building the healthy, productive and fruitful relationships, and instead, choose to develop negative, harmful and destructive relationships. Whether they are engaging in negative activities with a girlfriend, peer or perhaps even a close family member, negative relationships can derail, and even destroy an adolescent's life.

If a troubled adolescent continuously engages in unfruitful, negative relationships, it is crucial for parents to step in address the issue. If all attempts at separating the individual teen from negative influences fail, it is time for parents to seek outside, therapeutic assistance.

Residential staff

Res.i.dent.ial /staff


Residential staff is the staff and support system of a residential treatment facility. These staff are trained in treating therapeutic disorders, drug and alcohol addiction and have real life knowledge in treating psychologically and substance addicted struggling individuals. These staff are generally certified psychological professionals with years of schooling and experience in treating various addicts with various disorders.

The goal of residential staff is to effectively diagnose individuals and properly treat underlying issues that have led them to addiction. By not only treating the addiction, but also eliminating the disorders that have led them to addiction, residential staff are able to adequately treat and eliminate the addictive behavior, altogether.

Residential treatment

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Residential treatment centers are a live-in health care facility providing therapy for substance abuse, mental illness, or other behavioral problems. Residential treatment is used after traditional therapy, or addiction treatment fails to treat an individual effectively who suffers from psychological and addictive issues.

Residential treatment centers cater to adults and adolescents. Although similar in their treatment methods, residential treatment centers for adolescents differ from adult residential treatment, by offering an academic curriculum to its teenage enrollees. Additionally, residential treatment is a viable option for troubled teens as it provides both treatment and educational services.

Residential treatment is one of the most widely utilized treatment programs for troubled teens. These specialized facilities provide teens, who display out of control behaviors, the opportunity to achieve psychological restoration.

Residential treatment centers

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Residential treatment centers are a live-in health care facility providing therapy for multiple disorders including but not limited to substance abuse, mild to severe depressive disorders, bipolar disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder, Reactive Attachment Disorder and many other behavioral afflictions. Residential treatment is typically an option for those who have failed to achieve psychological wellness through traditional, therapeutic means. One of the many advantages to residential treatment is the constant availability of the healthcare staff, the therapies and the other resources needed to reap the benefits of recovery fully. 

Residential therapy requires clients to live on the grounds of the facility throughout their treatment. Living on grounds ensures the customer’s safety while they undergo intensive, treatment. Additionally, residential treatment centers are typically clinically focused and commonly provide treatment to adolescent teens with various disorders, diseases or conditions. 






Science is defined by, ' the intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behavior of the physical and the natural world through observation and experiment.' 

Science is a part of our nation’s Core Curriculum. In other words, science is a mandatory class of education that all students must participate in order to progress onto their next level of academics. The allotted amount of science credits a student must acquire in order to successfully graduate their schooling, depends upon the student’s state, their institution of learning, and what their academic goals consist of.

Self defeating behaviors

/self/ / /be.hav.iors/


Self-defeating behaviors are any behaviors an individual displays that negatively effects their life. An example of self defeating behavior would be to set a goal of saving money, but instead, an individual spends more money than they would make in a month. In short, a person who displays a self-defeating behavior makes choices that ultimately set them up for failure. A person who commits to a self- defeating behavior, does so, knowingly.

Some individuals partake in self-defeating behaviors because of their fear of success. When things are going well in life, this type of person fears they will inevitably destroy their success, leaving them in a state of utter disappointment. Self- defeating individuals are convinced they are going to fail, therefore, choose to fail by their own accord. This type of problematic thinking stems from a person's low self worth and feelings of inadequacy.


/self/ /ad.voc.acy/ /skills


Self-advocacy is an individual understanding their strengths and needs, identifying personal goals, knowing legal rights and responsibilities, and communicating these to others. An individual who thoroughly understands their strengths and weaknesses are able to learn and develop, even when faced with adversity. For example, if a person knows they are able to more effectively learn an alternative way of learning, this person is able to apply their system of learning, without becoming discouraged. This type of person knows their strengths and is aware of the fact they are learning information through alternative routes, and perhaps, at a different pace than others.

Self-advocacy is crucial for problem-solving and building self-esteem. As everyone is unique, people have different strengths and weaknesses. Instead of comparing individual weaknesses to others strengths, self-advocacy shows individuals that everyone is different. Where some people are stronger than you in different areas, you too are stronger than they are in different areas. Rather than becoming discouraged, a person, who employs self-advocacy skills, will find a way in which they are able to use their strengths to overcome their weakness.


Self /dis.cip.line


Self-discipline is the act of disciplining or power to discipline one's own feelings, desires, etc, especially with the intention of improving oneself. Without self discipline a person isn't able to truly be in control of their lives. Paying bills, studying for class, and even personal hygiene all require self discipline.

Troubled teens and young adults generally implement self-discipline, but discipline that is directed towards the wrong priorities. Friends, video games, partying and acquiring harmful and illegal substances are all things troubled teens and young adults tend to focus. Additionally, troubled young people lack discipline in all of the important areas such as school, work etc.

If troubled young men and women fail to achieve good self-discipline, the consequences may be dire. Young men and women will grow into dysfunctional adults who have a higher risk of falling into negative behaviors and habits such as drug and alcohol addiction.




Merriam- Webster's Dictionary defines selfishness as "concerned excessively or exclusively with oneself : seeking or concentrating on one's own advantage, pleasure, or well-being without regard for others."

 Putting oneself first is human instinct. This behavioral trait is what allows us to compete for life’s many sought-after, rewards. However, consistently putting oneself over the needs, desires and nourishment of others, may result in the individual becoming alienated, disliked and personally avoided by others. Additionally, those who act selfishly are less likely to benefit from the support of others.  

Selfishness is a common trait among troubled, teenage girls. While it is common, it is still a negative character trait that can result in drastic, adverse ramifications. Those who exhibit chronic selfish behaviors may find necessary treatments at a residential treatment center for troubled teens.


n. noun

Self-esteem is defined as, ‘the way an individual views and feels about themselves. An individual's self- esteem also pertains to how well they do certain activities and skills that are important to them. 

When pertaining to the psyche of adolescents, what other’s view and/or think, are significant factors in a teen’s self assessment. If an adolescent struggles with the burdens of low self-image, they may feel as though they are worthless, which in turn, causes severe depression. Additionally, teens who suffer from severe depression are more likely to engage in dangerous, self-destructive endeavors, such as drug addiction or self-harm. Moreover, teens who suffer from a low-self esteem should undergo some form of psychiatric treatment. 


Social development

So.cial / dev.el.op.ment


Social development pertains to how a person interacts with peers and the rest of society in an acceptable and appropriate manner. Those who lack social development have a difficult time socially functioning in an appropriate manner. People who suffer from social disorders such as, asperger syndrome and autism have a very difficult time with socially developing and socially interacting in an appropriate manner.

Young people, who have yet to reach desired social development, are at a critical disadvantage. Without fundamental, social development, a young man or woman will have difficulty with things like finding a job, making friends, and will typically resort to being a 'loner.'

Young people who struggle with social development can benefit from treatment that assists young men and women in developing lacking character traits and promote personal wellness. There are many options for young people to choose from, wilderness therapy, being one of the most effective of choices. 

Social Studies


The U.S. American National Council for the Social Studies defines social studies as, ‘integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence. Social studies is one of the five core courses that is taught in elementary, middle school and high school. Social studies teaches a broad array of subjects such as, sociology, political science, history, economics, religious studies, geography, psychology, anthropology, and civics.’

Social studies teaches students all aspects of society and the world we live in today. Through social studies, a student learns about foreign lands, the history of our world's most grand nations, and the politics of old and new. 

Social studies is the learning of other countries’ cultures and the history of their people. Gaining knowledge, such as this, opens up the minds of students, allowing our nation’s youth to possess a deep appreciation, and empathy, for other peoples’  way of life.


stu·dent | ath·lete


A student-athlete is a participant in an organized, competitive sport that is sanctioned by the school in which the student attends. In addition to academic requirements and responsibilities, a student-athlete also adheres to athletic code of conduct, as well as meeting that sport’s particular requirements. 

Choosing to be a student-athlete is a respectable endeavor, one that requires additional hard work and consistent dedication. Those who have chosen the path of a student-athlete, have accepted the additional responsibilities and expectations that come along with playing an extracurricular, athletic activity. 

Participating in extracurricular activities, such as athletics, is an invaluable character building tool for any student to utilize. Moreover, student-athletes may be able to capitalize on their athletic ability by earning an athletic scholarship. 


Substance abuse programs

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Substance abuse programs are any facilities that offer substance abuse treatment to individuals who are suffering from harmful addictions. d There are many different types of treatment programs for troubled teens that offer a substance abuse program, as well as therapeutic rehabilitation. Residential treatment centers, group homes and boarding schools for troubled teens all offer substance abuse treatment.

Substance abuse treatment programs are absolutely necessary for teens suffering from harmful addictions. If a family of a drug addicted teens fails to find them appropriate treatment, they are gambling with the life of their child. Drug addiction, of course, is a severe and sometimes, even fatal, disease.



Support is a group of people working together to help an individual. Support can come in many different forms, but ultimately, has the same agenda: to give unwavering help to an individual in need. For example, if an individual is low on money, he may depend on the support of family and friends to help him pay his rent.

When pertaining to troubled teens, support is essential to restoring balance and productivity within the troubled child. Without the support of their family, a troubled teen's out of control behaviors may destroy their life. In fact, without the support of their family, a troubled teen's out of control behaviors may even result in fatal consequences.

Supporting a troubled child does not mean to constantly bail them out of trouble, or rescue them from choices they have made. This type of 'support' will only further enable a troubled adolescent's out of control behaviors. True support, however, would be to seek professional, therapeutic treatment for a child. There are nearly countless treatment options that specialize in treating troubled children, such as residential treatment for troubled teens.

Therapeutic boarding school

Ther.a.peu.tic / / school


Therapeutic boarding schools are a specialized boarding school that assist troubled teens in overcoming their behavioral issues through therapeutic means. Therapeutic boarding schools are not only a therapeutic treatment program. These specialized facilities also offer an accredited educational high school curriculum supervised and taught by a professional educational staff.

Therapeutic boarding schools for troubled teens, much like a regular boarding school, require students to live on campus for a duration of 9- 12 months out of the year. However, unlike traditional boarding schools, therapeutic boarding schools offer therapeutic and behavioral treatment in order to assist troubled teens in restoring their promising potential. As of 2005, the United states reportedly had 140 therapeutic boarding schools. As of today, there are close to 300.

Therapeutic intervention

ther·a·peu·tic/ /in•ter•ven•tion/

n. Noun

Therapeutic intervention is defined as, ‘medicine or therapy used to cure disease or pain by the involvement and intercession of proactive, therapeutic practice.’  i.e.: a person who suffers from addicted behaviors, would benefit from the therapeutic intervention of a residential treatment center. 

Therapeutic intervention varies in methods, and types of facility in which those methods are implemented. The most appropriate therapeutic solution for an individual person, depends on that person’s particular disorder, the severity of their malady, and their personal preference of how they would like to overcome the disorder. 

Therapeutic intervention is a varied and subjective term used by countless forms of psychiatric care. For this reason, it is crucial for parents of afflicted children to do thorough research of all potential, treatment options.


Therapeutic needs

ther·a·peu·tic / need.s

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Therapeutic needs are an individual's personal psychological requirements that will assist them in recovering from their particular, psychological malady. The therapeutic needs of an individual, greatly depend upon the type of disorder they suffer from, as well as the severity of the particular affliction. 

Therapeutic needs are unique to the individual. While one person’s needs may be met and effectively treated with traditional, one-on-one therapy, another’s needs may require intensive, 24-hour care. While both examples of people have therapeutic needs, the particularities of their needs are significantly different from each other. 


Traditional therapy /


Traditional therapy is the practice of mainstream psychological treatment, such as one-on-one therapy. Traditional therapy is usually used after an individual develops some mental malady that requires psychiatric treatment. The most widely used traditional therapeutic practice is therapy sessions between a person and a mental-health professional. Additionally, many psychiatric treatment programs for troubled teens and troubled young adults, implement traditional therapy in conjunction with their own, unique treatment program.

Although practical and proven to treat psychologically struggling individuals, traditional therapy is sometimes not intensive enough to treat an individual. Troubled teens and troubled young adults who display out of control behaviors require the therapeutic services of a behavioral treatment program, as well as, traditional therapy. Moreover, most programs for troubled teens and young adults offer such therapies within their particular treatment curriculum.

Wilderness therapy is a proven treatment method for psychologically ailing teens and young adults. Wilderness therapy provides intense, effective treatment methods, as well as traditional therapeutic practices from professional psychiatric staff. The environmental therapeutic properties of the wilderness are what separates wilderness therapy programs from more traditional, less efficient treatment methods.





Treatment is defined as, ‘Medical care given to a patient for an illness or injury.’ In addition to treating physical ailments, treatment is also essential in providing psychiatric restoration to those who suffer from psychological afflictions, such as depression, or addictive behaviors. 

Psychiatric treatment significantly varies in form and utilized methods. The most appropriate type of treatment suitable for an individual, depends upon the person’s psychological affliction, and the severity of their disorder. While some may benefit from basic, traditional therapeutic practices, others may require more intensive, psychiatric care. Moreover, it is crucial for an individual to undergo an evaluation for their psychiatric needs, and seek treatment accordingly. 


Treatment methods

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Treatment methods can be defined as, the style and purpose in which treatment is directed. Treatment methods are unique to the particular treatment program. The treatment methods used are designed to treat whatever ailments the particular treatment program is equipped to address. 

For example, treatment methods of a rehabilitation center are designed to assist addicted individuals in recovering and permanently overcoming their various addictions.

Treatment team

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The term treatment team describes a group of mental health professionals who work as a team within a residential treatment program. A treatment team is in charge of providing therapeutic treatment to individual teens.

The make-up of any treatment team generally includes the following therapeutic staff: psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, family therapists, teachers, nurses and unit supervisors. The mission of this team is to psychologically evaluate individual teens and create a comprehensive treatment program, entirely unique to the individual's psychological disorders. By specifically targeting a teen's individual, unique therapeutic needs, a treatment team is able to focus on how to effectively

Each staff member of a treatment team has a specific job that is unique to their position and expertise. Individual staff of a treatment team provide their own, unique element in terms of providing individual, therapeutic treatment. This ensures that each individual is thoroughly and effectively treated, improving the chances of complete and successful psychological recovery.

Troubled teens

trou.bled teen


The term, 'troubled teen,' is used to identify adolescents who consistently display impulsive, self-destructive and out of control behaviors. The behavior of troubled teens can be modified after enrolling in a treatment program known as, psychiatric treatment for troubled teens.

Troubled teens display harmful behaviors such as, self-harm, substance abuse and rebelliousness. Teens who are considered to be 'troubled' are at risk of developing life-long, potentially fatal, habits. Troubled teens are at high-risk of abusing harmful substances as a means of dealing with personal, psychological issues. For this reason, it is crucial for parents to seek treatment for their child.

Troubled teens suffer from severe, psychological disorders. It is because of these disorders that troubled boys and girls choose to display out of control behaviors. However, through pscyholgocial treatment, teens who are deemed as 'troubled,' can achieve psychiatric restoration. Additionally, therapeutic services such as, therapeutic boarding schools, group homes, residential treatment centers and wilderness therapy programs for troubled teens are viable choices for parents of troubled teens to consider.

Troubled young adults

Trou.bled/young/ ad.ults 


The term “troubled young adults” refers to men and women (ages 18-30) who have struggled with transitioning into adulthood. For one reason or another, troubled young adults are ill-prepared for the responsibilities of adulthood. These young men and women lack life skills that are necessary for living a fully-functional, adult lifestyle.

Generally speaking, troubled young adults were at one time, considered to be troubled during their time of adolescence. In other words, troubled young adults are simply troubled teens who have now reached adulthood. Like troubled teens, troubled young men and women display negative behaviors, have little or no respect for authority, and put their energy in all of the wrong areas. If the behavioral patterns of a troubled young adult are not properly treated, the young adult is at high-risk of developing dangerous coping mechanisms, such as self harm or drug addiction.

Fortunately for troubled young people, there are many treatment options that offer independent life skill building, as well as, psychological and addiction treatment. As there are many treatment options to consider, wilderness therapy has proven to be one of the most effective of treatment methods for a young person to consider.


Underlying issues

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Underlying issues are those matters that are the causative agents for human behavior. They are hidden under many layers of emotions and other mental processes and are not easily discerned by the casual onlooker. (often times, they are not readily known by an individual either).

Underlying issues are sometimes difficult to diagnose, and therefore are difficult to treat Moreover, teens who are displaying negative behaviors because of hidden, underlying issues, will not be able to achieve therapeutic restoration without the services of a therapeutic professional.

To ensure a troubled adolescent's therapeutic restoration, parents can trust the therapeutic restorative services of wilderness therapy. 




Values are an individual's personal standards they choose to live by. By setting high personal values, an individual is able to live a life or productivity and abstain from negative behaviors. Core values such as, integrity, hard work, and diligence are all standards a productive and proactive person implements in their life. If a person fails to live by values such as these, they are likely to develop negative habits and engage in self-destructing behaviors.

Unfortunately, many young people possess a poor and underdeveloped value system. Young men and women prioritize their values based on their personal interests. rather than focusing on important issues such as school or career goals, many troubled young people put their efforts into things like friendships, having fun, and even harmful substances such as drugs and alcohol. Furthermore, in order for a young person to truly meet their full potential, they must first possess a strong value system to live by.

wilderness therapy

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Wilderness therapy is a form of behavioral treatment that assists troubled young adults and troubled teens in restoring their lives. Wilderness therapy is a therapeutic intervention program that helps addicts and psychologically illogically-ill individuals. Wilderness therapy differs from other, more traditional therapeutic intervention programs, as wilderness therapy is not a behavioral modification program. Contrary to behavioral modification programs, wilderness therapy programs employ no force, confrontation, point or level systems, or other overt behavioral modification techniques or models. Instead, wilderness programs implement stress assertiveness, open communication between staff and students, and put a strong emphasis on group supportiveness.

Wilderness therapy is unique in it’s approach of assisting struggling young people. Instead of using psychological manipulation that other, more traditional, programs implement, wilderness therapy uses the wilderness environment as a tool for developing character, self-worth and confidence. By using a series of tasks that increasingly grow in level of difficulty, campers must depend on one another to complete certain objectives.Teens and young adults learn to work as a team and learn the importance of developing strong, positive relationships. Upon returning home, teens and young adults will be able to choose positive influences, as they now view the importance of symbiotic productivity of people they spend time with. Moreover, teens and young adults are able to value the support that positive camaraderie provides, and the positive ramifications that, materialize as a result.

Wilderness therapy has proven to be an effective treatment program that assists thousands of young people in fully rehabilitating and changing their lives for the better. With psychologists and other therapeutic professionals on staff, wilderness also implements traditional therapy in conjunction with the powerful environment that only the great outdoors can provide.