Parent Education

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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

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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 |

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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

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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.).


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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.