To most laymen the term “Residential Treatment Center for Toubled Teens” is a generic term that includes residential boarding school programs for troubled teens, both troubled boys and troubled girls. To most parents unfamiliar with official term of “residential treatment center for adolescents”, they may mistake a “therapeutic boarding school” for a residential treatment center for troubled teens. This definition is shared by most parents. Therefore, instead of getting into the tiny differences of definitions, one would honestly say that a Residential Treatment Center for struggling teens, is not an early intervention program for troubled teens. A residential treatment center serves kids with issues that go beyond early intervention.
Most parents seeking professional help for their troubled teens are not familiar with the appropriate “definitions” or “types” of residential programs for troubled boys and troubled girls. For example, many parents do not realize that Residential Treatment Centers are available to adults as well as adolescents. Obviously, the parents of troubled boys and troubled girls want only to be made aware of the available adolescent programs. For immediate help please call 1 (800) 724-2147 and speak with one of our Family Advocates ready to help you find the perfect matching program that will best serve your child’s unique needs.
To help parents in crisis to better understand their options it may be easier to define what an adolescent residential treatment center “is not”. A Residential Treatment Center for adolescents is not a traditional boarding school setting where you find dorm rooms, cafeteria, sports fields, a gym, and academic instruction. Residential Treatment Centers for adolescents are not where parents send a troubled boy or troubled girl to be disciplined for something he or she has done wrong. A Residential Treatment Center for adolescents is a generic term that describes a program that normally provides a higher level of professional psychological and psychiatric support to the struggling teenager. In an RTC you would normally find troubled teenagers who are dealing with acute mood disorders, moderate personality disorders, and other mental health issues that would require more therapeutic intervention and oversight. However, the traditional, or “common” definition of the Residential Treatment Center is the typical boarding schoool for troubled boys and girls. In reality, nothing could be further from the truth. It is extremely critical that parents seeking professional residential support for their troubled child know the difference between the RTC and the other less restrictive intervention programs. For further assistance, please call 1 (800) 724-2147. We are here for you and your family.
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