Options for Parents Needing Help for Troubled Teens | Boys & Girls


Helping parents find options for troubled teens, either boys or girls, is not the easiest proposition. There are plenty of options for parents of troubled teens.  The number of options is the problem... there are too many options.  Where does a parent turn in the midst of a crisis?  Please considering calling and speaking with our Family Advocate.  We can help by supporting the parent, providing coaching and professional guidance. Call 866-439-8112 today.

As a matter of fact, helping parents to find the right school or program for troubled teens is excruciatingly hard. Why? Well, first, it involves a traumatic experience involving their children. Due to the teen's out of control behavior the parent and family are usually torn up, at the end of their rope, emotionally distraught, hurt, and exhausted. Helping a parent who has experienced this type of trauma is a tough job, requiring a great deal of understanding, patience, and knowledge.

There are many programs and services designed to support hurting families. Traditionally, there are therapists, counselors, and pastors on the front lines working with kids and their families. Unfortunately, as most parents discover, outpatient therapeutic intervention with a troubled teen rarely works. For therapy to have an impact the child needs to want help. With most troubled teens, they don’t want help, reject all attempts to help them, and therapy sometimes makes things worse. Therapy, to a troubled teen, is an opportunity to shift blame and shuck responsibility for their own poor choices.

Over the last decade many other options have come forth. Child placing specialists, educational consultants, and school placement specialists have developed a litany of powerful options for parents of troubled teens. Most of these services are free to the parent, and the schools and programs for troubled teens recruit a great deal of their clientele directly from theses specialists. There are many scam artists, posing as child and family advocates, so beware. If they try to charge you for their services, go find someone else to work with.

For more information about Parent support please contact Greg Hitchcock at 866-439-8112.


Behavioral Health


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:


Focus on:
Mental Health facilities

Mental Health

Types: APA

911/Emergency: immediate crisis

Stabilization: up to 28 days

Psych Stay: 1-2 months

Structured Living:


Focus on:
Guidance Counselors
Public Professionals