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What are At-Risk Youth Programs?

At-risk youth programs are designed to help teenagers correct patterns of poor behavior that may have developed over a short or long period of time. There are two main types of at-risk youth programs that you should be aware of, residential and wilderness.

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Residential At-Risk Youth Programs

A residential at-risk youth program is one where your teen is housed by the provider of care. The residential setting allows your at-risk youth to be supervised 24 hrs a day, and makes treatment a full-time process. There are several categories of at-risk youth programs that differ slightly in emphasis. Categories include residential treatment centers, therapeutic boarding schools, and military schools or juvenile boot camps. Treatment programs within each of these categories may also choose to specialize in the type of treatment or emphasis offered. For example some at-risk youth programs put an emphasis on Christian values while others may choose to only treat eating disorders. Many programs are more general in their approach to treatment. Treatment within a residential at-risk youth program has a typical duration of 10-14 months.

Wilderness At-Risk Youth Programs

A wilderness at-risk youth program provides therapy in an outdoor environment. This type of at-risk youth program generally has a duration of 1-4 months. Wilderness at-risk youth programs are most effective in treating troubled teens where parents have caught poor patterns of behavior in their early stages. These short-term at-risk youth programs can serve as a well needed wake up call for youth who are starting down the wrong path. Many parents have also found an effective strategy to be placement within a wilderness at-risk youth program followed up by placement within a residential program. Wilderness programs provide a foreign environment to teens where they can be challenged both physically and mentally. Counselors help teens draw correlations between their wilderness challenges, and the issues that brought them there.

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