Alternatives to Juvenile Boot Camps

With intervention and commitment you can give your teen
a second chance at success ... for happiness ... for life.

Critical Note Regarding Juvenile Boot Camps: Before ANY other intervention options are implemented for troubled juveniles we recommend a FREE placement consultation with "Parent and Teen Resources." They can help you save money and time that might otherwise be wasted on a "mist-placement" of your teen into a juvenile program that doesn't work (such as a boot camp). There are many troubled teen resources that specialize in addressing the specific issues of different types of teens. If you place your child in the wrong intervention service you may lose more than money and time: you could lose your child. "Parent and Teen Resources" has much more experience than the overwhelming majority of so-called "placement consultants" in the troubled teen industry. They know the juvenile treatment care industry. They know the strengths and the vast weaknesses of juvenile treatment programs (most notably, juvenile boot camps). Before you throw your money into residential treatment do something wise for yourself and your teen: contact "Parent and Teen Resources" today.


Or To Make a Placement Inquiry
Read Below, then Follow our TEEN HELP link (the "Please Help Me Now!" link)*

    Does Your Teen Struggle With the Following?

  • Family Conflict, Argumentative, Abusive Behavior
  • Blatant Disregard for Rules
  • Can't Accept "No" For an Answer
  • Abrupt Change in Personality
  • Never at Fault - Shifts Blame to Others
  • Uncontrollable Anger - Poor Emotional Control
  • Can't Accept Feedback - "Above the Law"
  • Manipulative - Pits Parents Against Each Other
  • Lying - Stealing - Sneaky Behaviors
  • Lack of Motivation - Lazy - Resists Tasks
  • "I hate you," attitude
  • "You can't make me," attitude
  • Substance Abuse - Alcohol or Drugs
  • Skips School - Truancy
  • School Suspensions - Authority Problems
  • Grades Have Fallen - Academic Problems
  • Can't Keep Friends - Peer Problems
  • Legal Problems - Facing Justice
  • Fighting - Violence and Aggression
  • Gang Involvement & Glorification

    Has there been a diagnosis of a disorder?

  • Danger to Self or Others
  • Runs Away or AWOL
  • Conduct Disorder - Diagnosed or Observed?
  • Poor Choice of Friends - Easily Misled
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
  • Bipolar Disorder - Diagnosed or Observed?
  • Low Self-Esteem or Poor Self-Image
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)
  • Depression - Diagnosed or Observed?
  • Attempted or Threats of Suicide (Ideation)
  • Drug Abuse or Addiction
  • Alcohol Abuse or Addiction
  • Smoking or other Tobacco Use
  • Sexually Active - Risky Behavior
  • Cutting - Self-Harm or Mutilation
  • Adoption Issues - Associated with RAD
  • Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)
  • Eating Disorder (Anorexia, Bulimia)
  • Learning Disabilities - Diagnosed?

If your teen is struggling with any of these issues, get help now.
Follow our teen help link (above) for help with placement in a residential program that is BETTER than Juvenile Boot Camps.*

As you consider residential intervention for your troubled teen, you may wish to consider the unique perspective of Parent and Teen Resources. Having worked in various types of residential programs we have been witness to some of the best - and some of the worst - approaches to working with troubled teens. Juvenile Boot Camps are so focused upon "containing" juveniles that they fail to do much more than to push their behaviors "underground," only to resurface at a later date and time. Usually that "later date and time" is shortly after the teen returns home. Funds that could have been used for more effective intervention are then spent. Time is lost. And worst of all, the opportunities that could have been presented in more effective intervention were never employed. As you consider residential intervention, we strongly suggest that you carefully research any Juvenile Boot Camps in which you may be tempted to enroll your teen.

Does Your Teen Need a Juvenile Boot Camp?

Do not fall into the trap of believing that the more painful and brutal an intervention on a troubled teen can be, the more effective it is. That is simply not true. The same power within a troubled teen that causes misbehavior can be channeled into true strength. Troubled teens do not need Juvenile Boot Camps. They need to be taught how to overcome their issues. They need to be taught how to discover their own strengths, and understand the difference between strength and weakness.

Often when teens struggle with the numerous issues they face in today's society they become, frankly, quite unpleasant. Thousands of families throughout the country have felt that the best way to get youth back on track is to send them to juvenile boot camps. The idea is to both "straighten them out" and to legally punish them in the most painful way possible. However, unreported in both the media and from these programs is the fact that there is very little statistical evidence that juvenile boot camps have a long-term impact on the success of the child. In fact, there is mounting evidence that they are both ineffective and in many cases detrimental.But there are other options to juvenile boot camps. InsightPros is here to help.

What are Juvenile Boot Camps?

The idea of "shock incarceration" as a tough, low-cost alternative to more intensive programming brought about the establishment of Juvenile Boot Camps.

Are juvenile boot camps effective? Experts agree that a confrontational approach to juvenile issues is often inappropriate. Most correctional experts agree that a confrontational model, employing tactics of intimidation and humiliation, is counterproductive for most juveniles. 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 juvenile boot camp environment fail to model the pro-social behavior and development of empathy that struggling teens really need to learn.

Positive changes demonstrated while in juvenile boot camps may not last when a student 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 students leave the juvenile boot camps, or whether they are related to actual changes in behavior once a youth returns to his community. Without significant therapeutic intervention while in the program, as well as specialized aftercare following release, juvenile boot camps have been consistently unsuccessful in "changing" troubled youth.

What are the alternatives to juvenile boot camps? 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 juvenile boot camps for long-term change.

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.

To inquire regarding placement in a residential program that is NOT a Juvenile Boot Camp, follow the contact link above. To talk with someone regarding placement in a TEEN HELP SCHOOL follow the link and call us now.*

* 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 juvenile boot camps. 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.