How Parents Can Find Help For Their Troubled Teenager
Finding help for your troubled teen can be difficult and challenging, especially for parents who don’t know where to look or what to look for. Many communities and private organizations offer programs for troubled youth such as peer support groups, parent support groups, and a wide range of specialized groups that address specific behaviors or issues.
These can be a good start, but may not be enough on their own. Consider all of your options and collaborate with your child’s pediatrician, school, and counselors to find the right program for your teen.
Outpatient Programs for Troubled Teens
Outpatient programs allow teens to work through issues with the help of one-on-one counseling and therapy sessions, group counseling sessions or through structured support groups.
Outpatient programs are designed to allow teens to continue their daily routines at home and school while receiving treatment and working through issues.
Academic Learning Programs
Public school districts often work with parents to create a 504 Behavior Modification Plan or an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for students who are struggling and have been identified as needing additional supports. Often times, these individualized plans are not enough and teens continue to struggle in school.
Academic programs for troubled teens, such as Visions’ Day School provide an alternative learning environment for teens who are struggling and unable to remain in mainstream public schools.
Residential Treatment Programs
Residential treatment programs are designed for teens who need more support than what can be offered in outpatient services and day programs. These programs provide a safe and supportive environment for teens with 24-hour crisis management.
These intense programs work with your teen for a period of 30 to 90 days addressing mental health issues and problems with substance abuse. As with outpatient and day programs, treatment is personalized and based on the teen’s unique needs. Teens leaving a residential program often continue on with an outpatient program for long-term support.
With so many different programs for troubled youth, it can be a challenge finding the right one. As you’re exploring all of your options, remember that you don’t have to do it alone. Please click below to schedule your consultation or call us at 866-889-3665.