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Teenager Help – Therapeutic Boarding Schools

Therapeutic Boarding Schools are advantageous in the method of their approach. Many

boarding schools offer the opportunity for troubled teens to interact with other youth who

have already overcome their more volatile tendencies. Our experiences have shown that it

helps to have someone who has a similar background to what your teen has gone through

or is passing through currently. As one apt description details: “No one can see through a

con man’s words faster than another con man.” Youth who have comparable experiences

seem to be able to see through defenses put in place by their peers, and this allows them

to open up in what they perceive as a more inviting environment. There is also the added

ability to relate that is inherent in similar experiences that makes it easier for a troubled

teen to talk about his or her issues that they are dealing with.

Another advantage that we’ve noticed that this method has over other, more extreme

methods, is that it is done in a calmer, and often times more effective manner. In our

experience, screaming drill instructors and heavy-handed discipline will often instill a

deep resentment in a child for authority figures, where a calmer environment can often

times invite your teen to open up and discover the true source of the issues they have at

heart. While we have observed that a strict and detailed regimen is often times a good

place to start with helping a youth to overcome their obstacles, it isn’t the end-all for your

teen’s progression. Teenagers are looking to understand the world around them, and often

times their confusion at what they see is displayed in forms of extreme or aggressive

behavior. Such behavior is not helped by a screaming authority figure, but rather that

exacerbates the situation.

The key word to this approach is “therapeutic” meaning therapy. From our observations,

in order for therapy to be effective, the participant must be in a position where they are

willing and able to give their all in an effort to progress towards healing. In our opinion,

such positions are nearly impossible to realize in a situation of high stress, so therefore

a strict, but flexible regimen is essential to building structure that can also change as the

needs of the youth appear.

In the end a Therapeutic Boarding School is a place for healing and helping. It offers

a calm place for youth to explore their world and help them make sense of it all

with guiding influences and helpful peers to make that discovery easier and more

understandable.

Therapeutic Boarding Schools are advantageous in the method of their approach. Manyboarding schools offer the opportunity for troubled teens to interact with other youth whohave already overcome their more volatile tendencies. Our experiences have shown that ithelps to have someone who has a similar background to what your teen has gone throughor is passing through currently. As one apt description details: “No one can see through acon man’s words faster than another con man.” Youth who have comparable experiencesseem to be able to see through defenses put in place by their peers, and this allows themto open up in what they perceive as a more inviting environment. There is also the addedability to relate that is inherent in similar experiences that makes it easier for a troubledteen to talk about his or her issues that they are dealing with. Another advantage that we’ve noticed that this method has over other, more extrememethods, is that it is done in a calmer, and often times more effective manner. In ourexperience, screaming drill instructors and heavy-handed discipline will often instill adeep resentment in a child for authority figures, where a calmer environment can oftentimes invite your teen to open up and discover the true source of the issues they have atheart. While we have observed that a strict and detailed regimen is often times a goodplace to start with helping a youth to overcome their obstacles, it isn’t the end-all for yourteen’s progression. Teenagers are looking to understand the world around them, and oftentimes their confusion at what they see is displayed in forms of extreme or aggressivebehavior. Such behavior is not helped by a screaming authority figure, but rather thatexacerbates the situation. The key word to this approach is “therapeutic” meaning therapy. From our observations,in order for therapy to be effective, the participant must be in a position where they arewilling and able to give their all in an effort to progress towards healing. In our opinion,such positions are nearly impossible to realize in a situation of high stress, so thereforea strict, but flexible regimen is essential to building structure that can also change as theneeds of the youth appear. In the end a Therapeutic Boarding School is a place for healing and helping. It offersa calm place for youth to explore their world and help them make sense of it allwith guiding influences and helpful peers to make that discovery easier and more understandable.

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