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10 questions parents of troubled teens needto ask

When considering a program for your troubled teenager, it's important to ask relevant questions to ensure that it is the right fit for their needs. Here are some questions you can consider asking:

What is the program's philosophy and approach? Gain an understanding of the program's therapeutic approach. It is important to understand how the program will meet your troubled teenager's needs. If you arent sure try reading some suggested articles:

What qualifications and experience do the staff members have? Inquire about the program's state licensure, any professional affiliation or credentials, staff training, and experience of the program's staff members, including therapists, counselors, and support staff. Ensure that they have the expertise to handle the specific challenges your teenager is facing.

How is the program structured day to day? Ask about the daily schedule, routines, and activities involved in the program. Understand how they balance therapy, academics (if applicable), recreation, discipline vs. consequences, average length of stay, and other components to provide a comprehensive and balanced approach to your teenager's development.

What types of therapy or interventions are provided? Inquire about the therapeutic modalities or interventions used in the program. Examples could include individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), art therapy, or experiential therapy.

How are academic needs addressed? Ask about the program's academic component. Inquire about their educational approach, curriculum, accreditation, and how they support academic progress while addressing behavioral and emotional challenges. In our experience, academics will fall into place once the therapeutic process starts to gain traction. Make sure to ask how they would handle fulfilling specific learning needs your student may bring (i.e. IEP, Learning disabilities)

How is family involvement incorporated? Understand the program's approach to family therapy. Some programs do not require family therapy so it is important to Inquire about the frequency of family therapy sessions, parent education, communication protocols, and opportunities for family visits or involvement during the program.

What is the length of the program? Ask about the typical duration of the program and the rationale behind it. Inquire about any options for extending or shortening the stay based on progress or specific circumstances.

How is progress measured and communicated? Discuss how the program tracks and communicates progress to parents or guardians. Inquire about the methods used to assess your teenager's growth and how you will be kept informed about their milestones, challenges, and achievements.

What aftercare or transition support is provided? Inquire about the program's aftercare or transition plan. Understand how they support your teenager's successful return home or transition to the next phase, including recommendations for ongoing therapy, support groups, or resources available post-program.

Can I speak with references or former program participants? Request contact information for references, such as parents of former participants, or ask if there is an opportunity to connect with program alumni to get firsthand insights into their experiences.

At Sundance Canyon Academy, we can help you understand all of these questions. Our team of coaches and therapists can provide the individualized care and support you and your son will need. In the event that you son is not an approptiate fit for Sundance Canyon we will help find the right program for you. Contact us today to learn more about our program by calling: 866.241.3234

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