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Youth Boot Camps For Troubled Teens

drill-sargeant-boot-camp-yellingAt this point in time, you are likely a parent trying desperately to find the best help possible for your son or daughter who has perhaps found themselves in trouble. You may be asking yourself, are teenage boot camps effective? Although boot camps for troubled teens do attempt to assist wayward teenagers, they have little in common with proper treatment centers that aim for long-term success. Like most alternative schools or military academies, boot camps are deliberately designed to be a wake-up call for a troubled teen. Boot camps use "behavioral modification" as their main modality for behavioral disorders. Behavioral "change," in this case, is forced through "intimidation and fear." In the boot camp experience, what you will find is a staff of uniformed authority figures screaming and yelling at the enrolled teens with behavioral problems.

This forceful and often physical disciplinary action is similar to what you might find at a military school. However, it is not what you will find at one of the many residential treatment centers, academies or ranches that are specifically designed to provide long-term help for parents of troubled teens. Although troubled teenagers may respond favorably while participating in the boot camp experience, the behavioral changes or improvements that might come through the boot camp experience do not typically last long. Therefore, behavioral problems will not be properly resolved by the boot camp experience. Our advice, to parents of troubled teens looking for help, is to seek out a therapeutic experience for your loved one.

For information regarding alternative school programs, please contact one of our experienced family advocates by calling (866) 471-8579.

drill-sargeant-boot-camp-yelling-militaryBehavior Modification Schools For Troubled Teens

Simply put, the recommendation of Zion Educational Systems is for parents of troubled boys and girls to steer clear of boot camps. There is an abundance of alternative schools for wayward children that can be of great assistance for a troubled teen with behavioral problems. The truth is many teenagers who experience these controversial boot camps will often come out angry and will then turn away from their parents by sinking into a deeper phase of rebellion.

You should know that when teenagers have emotional trauma at the core of their "acting out" issues, a boot camp is literally the last place they should be. Struggling children don't need to be yelled at; struggling teens need therapy for emotional development. You should also understand this fact; troubled teenagers need to take responsibility for their choices and hold themselves accountable, not because some boot camp crew member is frightening them with fear.

Advice For Parents Dealing With A Troubled Teen

Although there are many military schools and boot camps for troubled teens to choose from in the country, our family advocates here at Zion Education Systems (ZES) can recommend an excellent alternative school for troubled teens. ZES knows that a boot camp or military school can be suitable for a particular direction of a teen, and yet unpromising if your child has little interest in joining the armed forces. Please allow us to recommend an excellent alternative to the typical disciplinary camps for you. Through ZES, your teenager will get top notch counseling and therapeutic assistance.

teen-boy-recovering-happyHelp With Disruptive Behavior Disorders

Teens with emotional behavioral disorders will often get labeled as a "bad kid," and typically, parents will look for some boot camps or reform schools to get help for their loved one. We know that from the results of the studies performed on the long-term effects of disciplinary style camps, this thinking is dated, and better alternatives exist. There are better alternatives that specialize in helping those teens that may suffer from behavioral disorders such as oppositional defiant disorder, learning disabilities and emotional disorders in general. If you are still unsure whether or not a boot camp for troubled teens may be the best choice for you, give us a call so that we can help you make the right decision for your child.

Please contact our family advocates at (866) 471-8579.


Program Categories for Parents of Troubled Teens and Young Adults

Assisted Living Programs (Young Adults), Christian Boarding Schools (Teens Co-Ed), Drug Rehab Programs (Teens Co-Ed), Drug Rehab Programs (Young Adults), Group Homes (Teens Co-Ed), Independent Living Programs (Young Adults), Residential Treatment Centers (Teens Co-Ed), Residential Treatment Programs (Boys Only), Residential Treatment Programs (Girls Only), Sober Living Programs (Young Adults), Substance Abuse Treatment Centers (Teens Co-Ed), Transitional Living Programs (Young Adults), Wilderness Therapy Programs (Teens Co-Ed)

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