A variety of treatment program options exist across the country to address specific issues that teenage boys may be facing, such as substance abuse, behavioral or psychological issues, and learning disabilities.
Treatment options vary depending on the severity of the disorder and the presence of co-morbid conditions. Some teenage boys affected by these conditions may benefit from a private residential treatment program, which features comprehensive care provided around the clock.
Understanding Accredited Schools In Treatment Programs
Because residential treatment for behavioral and/or psychological issues often take place over the course of months or years, parents and guardians may consider the option of choosing a program that also offers an accredited academic program onsite. Choosing a treatment program for teenage boys that also integrates academics can be beneficial for numerous reasons, including the opportunity to have support for behavioral and psychological issues while moving forward academically.
Coinciding academic programs in a therapeutic setting may increase opportunities for development, not only in academic study, but also with communication, self-awareness, work ethic, self-esteem and more. Many academic programs within treatment programs for teenage boys may also offer an option to transfer credits towards the completion of a high school diploma. This can help ensure the resident is maintaining adequate progress towards academic goals while in treatment for a behavioral or emotional condition.
Is This Right For A Teenage Boy?
If you are a parent or guardian of a teenage boy who will be entering a treatment program for an emotional, behavioral or psychological condition, you will likely be facing countless questions when it comes to determining which setting is most appropriate for your child. Be sure to make these decisions with the counsel and guidance of a professional treatment team – one that can help you determine what might be most appropriate for your loved one.
In some instances, when a behavioral or psychological condition is severe or if a child is medically compromised, an intense focus on the condition may be necessary before integrating an academic component. Treatment approaches should be based on individual needs, and it is crucial to discuss your concerns and options before finalizing your decision.
Factors To Consider When Researching Treatment Programs For Teenage Boys
When you are in the process of choosing a treatment program that is right for your child, be sure to consider the following factors in your search:
- Accredited Academic Curriculum: If you are considering a treatment program that integrates a school program, be sure to ask about accreditation of the academic curriculum. It is also important to ask if the teachers are appropriately licensed by the state in which they are teaching, as well as for verification of how program credits will be acquired and transferred to outside schools.
- Nature of the Academic Program: When considering an academic program within a treatment organization, inquire if the program is offered to all residents/participants as well as the nature of study. Do residents participate via self-study or online education, or will there be classroom interaction? Are residents required to reach a certain phase of their treatment before being allowed to participate? Understanding these components can help you solidify your decision.
- Credentials and Experience of Staff: What are the credentials of the staff members, counselors and teachers who will be interacting with your child? It may be helpful to determine the experience of staff members of both the treatment and academic program.
- Capacity to Handle Special Needs and Learning Disabilities: If your child is dealing with a learning disability or special need, be sure to inquire how the staff approaches these unique needs within an academic setting. Understanding the options available can be helpful in ensuring your child’s success.
Choosing a treatment program that integrates an accredited academic program can be part of comprehensive and therapeutic treatment regimen for a teenage boy affected by a behavioral, emotional or psychological condition.
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Reviewed By: Jacquelyn Ekern, MS, LPC on June 17, 2016
Published on AddictionHope.com