Schools for Boys and Girls

Choosing boarding schools for troubled teens is a tough issue, and it can be confusing, and hurtful.  Troubled teens and young adults often get off-track for a variety of different reasons. Boarding schools for struggling youth are one powerful answer. Maybe the struggling teen is having trouble fitting in with new peers/school or maybe the teen’s group of friends is starting to develop bad habits that your teen isn’t comfortable with. Whatever the reason, boarding schools for troubled teens are available to help with whatever solution you find to be best. Zion Education Service is dedicated to assisting parents in finding the right solution for his/her troubled teen

It can be difficult on all family members to have a teen move to a boarding schools for troubled teens. As a result, many parents choose to take their troubled teen to an alternative boarding school. In these boarding schools, the troubled teen stays in a highly structured school during the day and then returns home at night. Boarding schools may be a viable alternative for teens who are just beginning to spiral, but alternative day schools are not appropriate for teens who have serious behavioral problems that are exacerbated by relationships with peers. Often, these teens will make progress during the day but slide back into negative behaviors when they visit with friends in the evenings.

Because of this, many parents find that specialty boarding schools are a better option. There are many types of specialty boarding schools available, including Christian, military, and therapeutic boarding schools. Regardless of the type, all specialty boarding schools are highly structured facilities designed to help troubled teens who are struggling with serious issues and who need round-the-clock supervision. An average stay of three to six months, or even a year or more, is not uncommon to ensure a lasting change in behavior. Specialty boarding schools typically offer a variety of programs to help troubled teens. including academics, athletics, personal development courses, emotional growth sessions, and daily responsibilities and duties.

Christian boarding schools address the needs of troubled teens using a Christian-based philosophy. There are also boarding schools that do not identify themselves as Christian but still utilize the underlying values and principles of Judeo-Christian religions such as respect, honesty, and hard work to help troubled teens.  While military boarding schools can help teens with mild problems or who need more discipline and structure, they are not designed to provide help with serious problems. In fact, attending military boarding school is often considered a privilege, and students are usually required to have good grades and references before they will be admitted. Even if a troubled teen is admitted, a military boarding school typically fails to give him or her useful tools for change and emotional growth.

Therapeutic boarding schools and treatment programs are recommended for troubled teens who are considered extreme cases where therapy is needed. These schools can cost more, but because they provided structure with a therapeutic component, including group sessions, individual therapy sessions, or a combination of both, the results are usually better over time.  At Zion Educational Services there are extremely gifted individuals that are more than capable in helping you find a solution and to get your family restored to the way things should be. One of our child placing specialists is available right now to help with answering any questions you might have. We can be reached at (888) 597-9495.

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Choosing Boarding Schools for Troubled Teens

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Behavioral Health

Types: NATSAP - IECA

Wilderness Therapy

RTC (Residential Treatment Centers)

Therapeutic Boarding School

Transition
Education Consultants/Mental Health

IOPS
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

Intervention:

Primary Care: 28 days

Extended Care: 60-90 days

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

Sober Living/IOP:

Monitoring:

Focus on:
Interventionists
programs
Mental Health facilities

Mental Health

Types: APA

911/Emergency: immediate crisis

Stabilization: up to 28 days

Psych Stay: 1-2 months

Structured Living:

Transition

Focus on:
Therapists
Guidance Counselors
Public Professionals
IOPs