Boot Camp For Troubled Teens


Dealing with a troubled teen can be overwhelming and isolating and it can be difficult to accept that you need outside intervention to help your son turn his life around. Because challenges like anger, defiance, depression, anxiety and substance abuse can interfere with a healthy adolescent development and the ability to form and maintain healthy relationships, it is important to do whatever you need to help your teen. While many parents assume that an extremely strict boot camp style program is required to help teens with their behavioral issues, such programs can actually do more harm than good and any results are short lived. Your son needs a consistent environment where he can get the therapeutic help he needs to identify the core of his behavior problems and heal from the inside out. While the idea of sending your child away is intimidating and painful, the right program can change his life. Full time facilities like residential treatment centers or therapeutic boarding schools are generally a last resort for parents that have attempted outpatient solutions with no results.

How Do Full Time Therapeutic Programs Work?

Full time therapeutic programs provide housing and 24 hour monitoring for troubled teens as they participate in a supportive, healing program designed to help them overcome their challenges. The consistent therapeutic approach allows each boy to identify his core issues and target the problem, rather than just the symptoms. This method of healing from the inside out has a greater chance of success than any other kind of program.

These immersive programs encourage change through a variety of therapy modalities, including group, individual and family sessions in addition to more experiential options like recreational, music, culinary or life skills opportunities. When therapy is combined with academics and healthy diet and exercise, each teen is ideally placed to identify his strengths, practice better communication and experience the benefits of teamwork.

How Will I Know How To Help My Teen After He Returns Home?

The most effective programs will consider the needs of the entire family when creating a treatment plan. Without the right support and guidance, teens may lose many of the valuable skills they have gained once they return to their usual routine and social situations. Many programs coach parents on ways to help their son transition home and help him maintain his hard work. If you have exhausted all other treatment options for your teen and don’t know where else to turn, consider a full time program that will actively work toward helping him gain the tools he needs for a successful emotional future.

Sundance Canyon Academy is a residential treatment center located in northern Utah. We have many years of experience helping troubled teen boys from throughout the country with our unique relationship based program. For questions about our program or a consultation, please call us today at 1-866-678-2425.