There are options available for troubled teens, sometimes known as “life skills” programs, that can help your adolescent learn how to live independently. These programs can also help them finish any required high school credits for graduation or prepare for the GED. Note that these programs do not always provide the psychological and emotional help that your troubled teen requires.
Residential Treatment Options for Troubled Teens
There are adolescent residential treatment centers that will hold youth against there wills in some states and there are adolescent residential treatment centers that are strictly voluntary. Each states law varies regarding the rights of their youth. Some states will allow a child as young as 12 years old to tell their parents they don’t want to do something and the laws will back the child up. A parent said they had taken their teenager for a drug test but they could not see the results unless the child signed a permission slip for them to do so. With laws so out of touch with reality it is no wonder that there are so many adolescents in need of some type of residential treatment. What parents usually do is send their children to states that will still allow them to exercise their parental control on their children.
Wilderness Therapy Options for Troubled Teens
This is supposed to be an altertative to juvenile boot camps. This is to help find some solutions to the crisis parents face at home with a troubled teenager. Wilderness Therapy is a great program alternative to out of control teens.
Equine Therapy Options for Troubled Teens
Teaching life skills is founded on the principle that, through working with horses, students can learn life skills that initiate change. All aspects of horses and horsemanship are used in the program, from bareback riding, to jumping, to barrel racing, to young horse training. Horsemanship skills are integrated with team building activities, experiential learning, and therapy groups to create a unique program with endless possibilities. For more infomation on how Equine Therapy can benefit your youth please contact Zion Educational Systems (866-471-8579).