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

(th?r′?-pyo?o′tĭk)  (n?dz)


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

treat·ment | meth·od
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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

/treat.ment/ /team/

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.