Programs for Troubled Teens Over 18

Directory of Programs for Troubled Teens Over 18

Academy, The
Therapeutic Boarding School
Co-ed Ages: 12-18 Oregon $4,900/mo.
Cinnamon Hills
Residential Treatment Center
Co-ed Ages: 12-18 Utah $9,000/mo
Rite of Passage
Residential Treatment Center
Co-ed Ages: 10-20 Nevada $130/day
Turnabout - Stillwater Academy
Residential Treatment Center
Co-ed Ages: 12-20 Utah $4,850/mo.
Tyler Ranch
Residential Treatment Center
Boys Ages: 6-18 Washington $2,500/mo.

Parenting Troubled Teens Over 18

Are you looking for help for a older troubled teen? Adolescence in our culture is a time of enormous emotional as well as physical changes. Times of transition are frightening for anyone. Consider all the possible transitions involved in leaving high school and going to college: moving to a new city, breaking connections with many old friends, entering a large and formidable new setting, confusion about finding places, the rules of college life, and worries about money.

Likewise, the transition to work can be challenging for American teens. In Europe, apprenticeships help teens transition from full-time school to full-time employment. In the United States, the move from the fun and friendships of high school to the threats and challenges of the workplace can be very intimidating and lonely.

So how can parents help their teens make such transitions? The first step is compassion. Think about the times in your life when you were frightened or worried. Imagine what it may be like for your child. Let your feelings enlarge your understanding of and compassion for your teen. .

Second, show your understanding by reflecting any concerns your teen shares. Naturally you do not want to plant fears. But if your teen expresses worries about any part of the new experience, do not merely dismiss it. Dismissing their worries can make teens even more lonely and worried. For example, instead of, "Don't worry about it. You'll be all right. A million other kids have been through this," it is more helpful to say, "You're worried about how you'll fit in? It is overwhelming to go to a new place and make new friends." Taking time to understand what someone feels sends a powerful message of comfort and caring. Understanding helps us feel less alone and less afraid.

Third, normalize the learning process. Research shows that it is helpful to tell teens, "It is normal to make mistakes. You probably will forget some assignments. You might mess up; that is normal. But you can learn from every mistake." When your child knows that mistakes are normal, he or she doesn't feel so stupid when a mistake is made or so dumb when he or she misunderstands an assignment.

Since your teen is increasingly seeing himself or herself as an adult, you can help celebrate new adult roles. Let him or her tell you about best experiences, growth experiences, and aspirations. Support these. This is a time when the good things you do for your child will pay off. Every child has struggles, but your support will help your child move into adult life as a responsible, productive, and caring human being.

Programs that Can Help Older Troubled Teens

Programs that help treat troubled teens over 18 include boarding schools, residential treatment centers, wilderness programs, and boot camps. There are only a handful of residential type programs available to help older troubled teens. Programs for teens over 18 act on a voluntary basis as teens can no longer be held in a program against their will. Admissions counselors will be able to help guide you through their policies for accepting teens over 18. You will want to make sure that you speak with parents of older teens that have experience with the program to help ensure your teens fit.

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