Family Doctors for Struggling Teens

By Family Doctors for Struggling Teens

Family Doctors for Struggling Teens are the first line of defense for parents of troubled teens.  For help finding Family Doctors for troubled teens call our Family Advocate at 866-452-8112.

Children and teen’s brain growth, general health, and development are directly influenced by emotional relationships during early childhood. Contemporary American life challenges families' abilities to promote successful developmental outcomes and emotional health for their children and struggling boys and girls. Pediatricians are positioned to serve as family advisors and community partners in supporting the well-being of children, struggling teens and families. This statement recommends opportunities for pediatricians to develop their expertise in assessing the strengths and stresses in families, in counseling families about strategies and resources, and in collaborating with others in their communities to support family relationships. The health and welfare of troubled teens depend on the ability of families and their community support systems to foster positive emotional and physical development. Many struggling teens don’t know how to overcome the problems that they are faced with and many troubled teens need to be placed in the correct environment in order to restore themselves physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Zion Educational Services can educate parents of struggling teens, on how to place troubled boys and girls in the correct environment in order to receive the help they need to overcome their struggles. For immediate assistance contact ZES at 866-439-8112, to speak with a child placing specialist to educate you on school program placement for struggling teens in the perfect facility that fits their needs.

Recent scientific research confirms that brain growth and neurophysiologic development during the first years of life respond directly to the influence of early emotional relationships. The neurologic pathways produced then have profound effects on the behaviors of children and troubled teens and affect their interactions within their families and extended society. Contemporary American life challenges families' efforts to promote successful developmental and emotional outcomes for their children and troubled boys and girls. Longer hours away from their children or troubled teens, disconnection from close extended family support, and disintegration of traditional community interdependence all reduce the time, energy, and external supports available for rearing healthy children/teens. Pediatricians play a unique role as family health advisors during the formative period of a child and/or teen’s development and during crucial developmental stages throughout childhood and adolescence. Pediatricians need expertise in assessing family needs, strengths, and situations, along with counseling skills to offer strategies and resources to families.

Pediatricians should be aware of the increasing number of families experiencing stress, and should learn to recognize situations that interfere with successful child and teen rearing. As a medical home, pediatric practices should collaborate with family members to assess their functions within the family. This will help pediatricians determine family members' strengths and identify problems that need to be addressed. By struggling teens and children having open and ongoing relationships with parents, pediatricians can facilitate discussions; monitor and guide developmental progress; address parental concerns; and support parental care, capacities, and needs. Continuing medical education programs on pediatric family interviewing and psychosocial issues in pediatric practice can enhance the pediatrician's skills and opportunities for counseling families. Pediatricians have the skills to develop relationships that enable counseling families about developmental progress of children, parental concerns, family stress, family capacities, struggling teens, troubled boys and girls’ needs. Pediatricians can provide family support by engaging in a relationship with parents based on collaboration and shared decision making so that parents feel and become more competent. Pediatrician counseling of parents should include considering the needs and resources of the family when making plans and helping them benefit from the support of members of extended family and the community. Pediatricians should work to develop, refer to, and participate in community-based family support programs to help parents secure the knowledge, skills, and support they need to raise their children and teens.

By participating in community-based family support programs, pediatricians can provide technical advice on health and safety aspects of services, serve as a source of professional information for families and struggling teens, and learn from these programs how to best contribute to the healthy development of children, teens, families, and communities. Pediatricians need to work within their communities to develop plans for identifying and coordinating care for families and troubled teens within each family, in need of more extensive social support services. Pediatricians should actively participate in sustaining the social capacity of their communities through their personal participation in local recreational, social, educational, civic, or philanthropic activities and associations. Many parents of struggling teens aren’t aware the correct way to restore teens and need a professional to educate them. For parents of struggling boys and girls that need immediate assistance dealing with troubled teens, Zion Educational Services specializes in educating parents about different youth programs for troubled teens such as different types of private boarding schools for troubled teens, boot camps for troubled teens, schools for troubled teens, therapy programs for troubled teens and many other youth facilities for struggling boys and girls. ZES provides help for parents of troubled teens with the information to place your troubled boys and girls in the perfect treatment center that can meet their needs. If you have any questions or concerns contact ZES, (Zion Educational Services) immediately to talk to a child education specialist at 866-439-8112.

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Wilderness Therapy

RTC (Residential Treatment Centers)

Therapeutic Boarding School

Education Consultants/Mental Health

Intensive Outpatient Programs
Mental Health Counselor/Therapists
Kid is being worked with “at home”, local therapy. They want their client back

Focus on: (referral based)
Mental Health personnel
Educational Consultants

IOP patients

Addiction Treatment

Types: NTAAP - NAADAC - Foundations


Primary Care: 28 days

Extended Care: 60-90 days

Long Term Care: up to 1 year
12 step programs
Celebrate Recovery

Sober Living/IOP:


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Mental Health facilities

Mental Health

Types: APA

911/Emergency: immediate crisis

Stabilization: up to 28 days

Psych Stay: 1-2 months

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Guidance Counselors
Public Professionals