Boot camps for teens can seem like a great chance to produce real change in your child, but do they really accomplish what they claim to?
Although this form of behavioral correction was once popular, it has fallen out of favor in recent years. Because boot camps for teens are stylized to look like a military experience, they do not typically include a therapeutic element.
On closer inspection, the idea that you can bark orders until a teen behaves does have some very clear limits. That kind of discipline may work on volunteer recruits, but most parents of troubled teens have already tried yelling and can tell you how little good it did.
The therapeutic boarding school model is now known to be much more effective. In these newer private institutions, therapists and teachers work directly with teens. They help angry, sad, or hopeless adolescents process and learn to handle their emotions. Teens emerge from these programs with a clearer sense of who they are and who they truly want to be.
At Asheville Academy, we work with troubled girls and AFAB ages 10-14. Our beautiful private location offers a wide variety of therapeutic activities, including equine assisted therapy with horses that live right on campus. Our expert staff combines decades of experience working with this age group, and we work with your whole family to support your child’s personal growth.
If you’re thinking about boot camps for your teen, please call us today at (800) 264-8709 to find out more about a better way. Or, simply fill out the form to the right, and we’ll be in touch soon.
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