Preparing for Enrollment in a Troubled Teen Boarding School Program

Recent studies have proven that troubled teen boarding school programs work wonders in reestablishing authority and respect for out of control teens themselves and others. The most common question asked by parents is, “what should you look for before enrolling your troubled teen in any boarding school?” Before moving forward in the enrollment of any troubled teen boarding school program it is best to get a recommendation or referral from your child’s healthcare professional. By doing this you are ensuring your teen really belongs there and setting the stage for better financial options.

The National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP) also recommend the following:

  • Verify the licensure or accreditation of the facility.
  • Confirm the licensure of the clinical / therapy staff.
  • Verify that the academic curriculum is accredited by a recognized academic accrediting body.
  • Obtain multiple sources of information about the program / school prior to enrollment.
  • Be clear on any restrictions on family communication and visitation.

It is crucial that you make sure your philosophies are in line with the teachings at your chosen trouble teen boarding school. These are some questions that will help you to confirm that their program is right for you.

  1. What disciplinary actions are taken at the facility and who is in charge of implementing it?
  2. What are the rules of the campus, and who sets these rules for what reason? (This is important because you want to make sure that they are all the right rules, AND all the right reasons.)
  3. How long does the program typically last and what are the chances of total success?
  4. What are the parental visitation, mailing, and withdrawal guidelines?
  5. How many positive referrals, testimonies, and verifiable successes has the facility had?

These are only a few of the many questions you may want to ask the troubled teen boarding school before making your final decision. It is also a good idea to visit the teen boarding facility to see if the environment and program sit well with your own particular philosophies. When visiting the troubled teen boarding school program, don’t be afraid to speak to the residents themselves and get their feedback on how they are doing in the program. This will be good for you, and them.

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