If you are in the middle of a challenging season with your teen, it can be tough to determine what to do next. Perhaps you have found a great counselor locally and, a few months in, progress has stalled. Maybe you received the latest in a series of progress reports and grades are still in decline. Whatever your family may be facing, you might be considering further action.
This decision is difficult. On the one hand, it seems extreme and scary to send your child away to a boarding school. On the other hand, you might be ready to give your teen much-needed help. How do you know when it is time for a residential treatment agency?
At Shelterwood Academy, we have spoken with thousands of parents who have found themselves in the same position as you. They had similar questions and concerns. Here are a few ways to know when it is time for a residential treatment agency:
1. “Outpatient counseling is not working.”
Evaluate your outpatient counseling experience. Has your teen been attending for a while but making no progress? Generally, teens enter residential treatment when their needs are too intense to be managed with outpatient counseling. Beyond a couple of sessions a week, your teen could benefit from a full-time model of care.
2. “Our family has had enough.”
Assess your whole family’s emotional capacity. Your marriage, other children and professional career can suffer when so much of your time and attention is focused on your child. Even the strongest parent needs a respite. If you feel your mental and emotional energy is depleted, it may be time for additional help. Therapeutic boarding school can offer you a chance to regenerate while staying fully involved in your child’s treatment journey.
3. “We’ve tried strategy after strategy — and nothing has worked.”
Have you have put every strategy under the sun into play with no results? No matter how many opportunities you give your teen to change – counseling, rewards, punishments – nothing seems to work. You are frustrated and ready for your teen’s life to head in a different direction. Clinical expertise in a residential setting could be critical for your teen’s restoration.
4. “I’m concerned for my teen’s safety.”
Your teen’s and your family’s safety is of primary importance. If your teen exhibits reckless behavior that puts anyone at risk (themselves, you, your family or friends), it is time to get help. Examples include fearing to leave your child alone, drug and alcohol abuse, anger, stealing and more. A therapeutic boarding school and residential treatment agency can provide a safe, engaging environment – the right setting for personal growth.
If you are frustrated and experiencing any of the concerns above, it may be time to get help. Consider Shelterwood Residential Treatment Agency. Shelterwood combines boarding school excellence with the best in therapeutic care for real transformation. At Shelterwood, our desire is to create an environment where teens know they are loved, valued and have purpose.
Take the first step for hope, real heart change and real restoration for your teen. Reach out today: 800.584.5005.