- Lasting 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
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
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.