Support Groups as Troubled Teen Resources
By Kathleen Pham
Troubled Teen Resource through the School System
The SCHOOL system your child
is enrolled in can be a great TROUBLED TEEN resource.
TEENAGERS should know that there are plenty of people
they can turn to in their SCHOOL.
Guidance counselors are trained professionals that can provide information
and advice to a TEEN and keep their conversations confidential.
The confidentiality may allow a TEEN to be more open
and honest about their problems.
There are also peer counseling groups and peer hot-lines
where a TROUBLED TEEN can turn to. These PROGRAMS
are supervised and set up by the SCHOOL
and guidance counselor. It is often easier for a TEEN
to talk to people who are on their level and who know about the pressures
of TEEN life. Some of the TEENS involved
in peer counseling groups have at one time been a TROUBLED
TEEN and can share their experience with others.
Support groups for TROUBLED TEENS provide
a safe and positive environment for open communication. The first course
of action in helping a TROUBLED YOUTH is to know what
their issues are and what is driving their change in behavior. support
groups work at the pace of individual TEEN. There is
no pressure to participate in the discussion. TEENS
who are hesitant to discuss their problems can sit an listen.
By listening to other TEENS with problems,
TROUBLED TEENS will begin to realize that they are not
alone in feeling out of place and unsure. It is very important for a
TEEN to be able to discuss their problems. No one can
HELP a TROUBLED TEEN unless they let you know what they
are feeling and that they can sincerely trust you.