Private teen residential treatment programs can offer your troubled teen a variety of services, including psychological counseling, military-style discipline, confidence building, and alcohol and drug treatment. These programs often provide an alternative that is less-restrictive than hospitalization or incarceration. If you are the parent of a troubled teen and have exhausted all intervention alternatives, considering a residential treatment may be your next option, and when considering a program, there are some questions you need to ask.
Are You Licensed?
It is important to ask a potential program about their licensure status, and if they are licensed, you should determine which program aspects the license covers. Obtain the name of the agency that licensed the facility and call to verify that it is current. If a potential program is not licensed and you are still considering it, contact the Better Business Bureau and your state Attorney Generalís office for more information.
Do You Offer an Academic Curriculum?
In some cases, an educational option may not be available to an unmanageable teen until they reach a certain phase of the program, so you will want to inquire about whether it is available to all participants. You should also question whether teachers are state licensed or certified. It is also important to determine if credits earned in the program will transfer toward the completion of a high school degree.
Does Your Program Have a Clinical Director?
A clinical director is typically responsible for supporting, maintaining, and overseeing the care associated with a residential treatment program. These directors should have an advanced degree and are often involved in providing assessments and therapy while also overseeing the management, training, and development of staff members involved in the care of the teen.
How Experienced Are Your Staff Members?
In a residential treatment program, your teen will encounter a variety of staff members, including therapists, counselors, and teachers. You will want to ensure that they have relevant and appropriate degrees and any necessary state certifications. Ask to see any relevant documents related to their certification, and you should also request proof of certifications in emergency medicine and CPR.
How Individualized Will My Childís Experience Be?
You should ask whether your teen will have individual or group therapy sessions. Once your child is enrolled into the program, you should confirm that the promised care level is being received. Also consult with the program to determine how your child will be disciplined, if necessary.
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