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

Sub.stance/  ab.use / pro.grams


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.