For Alternatives to Troubled Teens Military Schools
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Critical Note Regarding Troubled Teens Military Schools: Before ANY other intervention options are implemented for troubled teens we recommend a serious look at what you're trying to accomplish. The choices you make now will have serious consequences for you and your teen. Why? "Misplacement" in a substandard intervention program will cost you money, time, and may cost you your child. Effective placement may not only "straighten out" your teen, but may contribute to his/her long-term success. We STRONGLY suggest that you consult with "Parent and Teen Resources" as to what your next step should be. Why? Because there are few placement professionals in the troubled teen world who have more experience. Period. Moreover, "Parent and Teen Resources" offers FREE placement consultation. In addition, the founder of InsightPros (Michael Behning) is a professional in the residential treatment care industry, has operated residential treatment programs at every professional level from line staff to transitional and executive directors, and HE strongly recommends that you speak with "Parent and Teen Resources" before you speak with any program or so-called "placement consultant." We know the strengths and the vast weaknesses of residential programs (especially troubled teens military schools). Before you throw your money into residential treatment take an honest look at starting your research with Parent and Teen Resources.


Is your family life in chaos due to the behavior of your child? Is your child displaying any of the following self-destructive behaviors? Are you looking for a Military School or intervention program? Review our FREE TEEN RESOURCES before you make a final decision.

Does your teen struggle with any of the following issues?
  • Always in Conflict, Argumentative, Abusive
  • Blatant Disregard for Instructions & Rules
  • Can't Accept "No" For an Answer
  • Abrupt Changes in Personality
  • Never at Fault - Distorted View of Fairness
  • Uncontrollable Anger - Poor Emotional Control
  • Can't Accept Feedback or Criticism
  • Manipulative - Pits Adults Against Each Other
  • Lying - Stealing - Sneaky Behavior
  • Unmotivated - Lazy
  • "I hate you," attitude
  • "You can't make me," attitude
  • Substance Abuse
  • Portrays a Sense of Entitlement
  • School Problems & Suspensions
  • Loves to Create Chaos
  • Can't Keep Friends
  • Legal Problems
  • Fighting - Violence
  • Gang Involvement or Glorification
  • Danger to Self or Others
  • Runs Away or Often AWOL
  • Conduct Disorder (Observed or Diagnosed)
  • Poor Choice of Friends
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
  • Bipolar Disorder (BPD)
  • Low Self-Esteem or Poor Self-Image
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)
  • Depression (Observed or Diagnosed)
  • Attempted or Threats of Suicide
  • Drug Abuse or Glorification
  • Alcohol Abuse or Glorification
  • Smoking Tobacco or Controlled Substances
  • Risky Sexual Activity
  • Cutting - Self-Harm or Self-Mutilation
  • Adoption Issues (Associated with RAD)
  • Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)
  • Eating Disorder (Anorexia, Bulimia)
  • Learning Disabilities or Difficulties

Interestingly, the more "out of control" your child is, the more careful you need to be about ensuring that whatever help or intervention you employ will bring the most effective results. All too-often parents rush into the wrong intervention, spend far too much money, and see far too little change in their children. Money is wasted. Time that cannot be recovered is gone. And a life that may have been saved with the proper attention is left with an uncertain fate.

InsightPros does NOT recommend troubled teen military schools. There are many forms of residential intervention that are more specialized and effective than the "shock treatment" associated with most forms of "boot camps" or "military schools" for troubled teens. If you are considering troubled teen military schools for your child we STRONGLY suggest that you seek the advice of a licensed therapist AND an educational consultant prior to making your final decision. Do your research.

Even if you feel your teen deserves the harshest treatment possible consider where you're putting your investment. Private residential programs are expensive. If you make the wrong decision you will throw away many thousands of dollars. You'll lose valuable time and opportunity to truly help your teen change for the better. And in the end, your teen will return with as many (if not more) problems as he/she had before the intervention.

If you are looking for a residential program let us help you AVOID troubled teens military schools. If you are looking for IMMEDIATE TEEN HELP employ the TEEN HELP options on the right side of this page.


What are troubled teen military schools? Military schools for troubled teens are correctional programs for delinquent youth which maintain a military-style environment. These programs typically emphasize discipline and physical conditioning and were developed as a rigorous alternative to longer terms of confinement in juvenile correctional facilities. Many, but not all, of these programs are followed by a period of probation or some form of aftercare. Troubled teen military schools are generally restricted to non-violent or first-time offenders.

The idea of "shock incarceration" as a tough, low-cost alternative to more intensive programming brought about the establishment of military-style schools for troubled teens.

Are Military Schools for Troubled Teens Effective? Experts agree that a confrontational approach to teen problems is often inappropriate. Most correctional and military experts agree that a confrontational model, employing tactics of intimidation and humiliation, is counterproductive for most troubled teens. The use of this kind of model has led to disturbing incidents of abuse. For teens with emotional, behavioral, or learning problems, degrading tactics may be particularly inappropriate and potentially damaging. The bullying style and aggressive interactions that characterize the military school environment fail to model the pro-social behavior and development of empathy that these teens really need to learn.

Positive changes demonstrated while in the military school may not last when a teen returns to his community. Many teens report that the program is helpful to them and they feel more positive about their futures. It is unclear, however, whether these attitudes persist after teens leave the military schools, or whether they are related to actual changes in behavior once a teen returns to his community. Without significant therapeutic intervention while in the program, as well as specialized aftercare following release, military schools have been consistently unsuccessful in "changing" troubled teens.

What are the alternatives to Military Schools for Troubled Teens? Teens who need some form of treatment care require an individualized approach that takes their strengths and needs into account. Programs and policies should be family-centered, including the family in all decision making about a child, as well as culturally and developmentally appropriate. Research has shown that small, family-centered programs are more effective than military schools in the long term.

You have made the right choice in seeking help. The next step is to contact us. We have vast experience in the treatment care industry. We have worked in the industry. We have lived in the industry. We have seen what works ...... and what doesn't.

We will guide you. We will inform you. Take advantage of our knowledge and insight. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.


Take advantage of our FREE TEEN HELP (placement consultation). Call us, or click through the green "Please Help Me Now!" button above, and receive FREE PLACEMENT ASSISTANCE* in a residential intervention program (NOT a troubled teens military school)


* The toll-free placement number and the contact form provided on this site to assist with residential placement both result in inquiries being directed to "Parent and Teen Resources," an independent organization from the organizations operated by the owners of InsightPros.Com and StrongModel.Com (InsightPros). "Parent and Teen Resources" is bound by law and by the InsightPros Privacy Policy to guarantee the confidentiality and security of your information. This teen help phone number as well as the contact form are provided for the convenience of, and a resource to our site visitors. All data passed through the form is directly transferred to a secure database, rather than through email. Both the technological and the human resources of this service are provided to you "as is" without express or implied warranty of any kind. InsightPros does NOT receive any "per placement" or "commission-based" remuneration for placements made by "Parent and Teen Resources" in any treatment program. "Parent and Teen Resources" is one among many advertisers on the InsightPros sites who fulfills their purpose by providing site users with additional resources, and may or may not assist you with placement in troubled teens military schools. You agree, by using either the placement phone number or the contact form on this site, to indemnify, defend and hold InsightPros.Com and its owners harmless from and against any losses, claims, liabilities, damages, costs or expense of any kind (including reasonable attorneys' fees) which arise out of, relate to or are in any way connected with "Parent and Teen Resources" and any actual or alleged acts or omissions by "Parent and Teen Resources," its employees, agents and representatives.