Change process

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a change process is a therapeutic intervention and undertaking of an individual. This process takes place when an individual, along with the assistance of a psychological professional, addresses behavioral issues and then makes necessary lifestyle changes in order to better their life.

In the undertaking of a process change, a psychological professional identifies specific behavioral issues within an individual. By addressing these issues, a psychological professional is able to pinpoint what is causing harm to an individual's life and is then able to create a strategy in order to promote necessary change within that individual.

Clinical excellence

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Clinical excellence refers to a clinically excellent academic physician.
Johns Hopkins Medicine defines such a physician as, "The clinically excellent academic physician has achieved a level of mastery in communication & interpersonal skills, professionalism & humanism, and negotiation of the health care system. Such physicians are exemplary with respect to diagnostic acumen, knowledge, and their scholarly approach to clinical practice. They exhibit a passion for patient care, and they explicitly model all of the above to medical trainees, earning them a reputation for being exceptional."

When pertaining to the treatment of troubled teens, it is imperative that psychological professionals, who have achieved and exert clinical excellence, are in charge of the therapeutic treatment of troubled adolescents. These therapeutic physicians need to not only be able to properly diagnose psychological ailments, but also, be able to effectively talk to and reason with children who generally dislike and do not trust authority figures. It takes not only a vast psychological and therapeutic mind, but an interpersonal and expert conversational mind as well.

Cognitive behavioral therapy

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Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a "structured, short-term, present-oriented psychotherapeutic treatment for depression. The main focus or goal of this treatment is solving underlying issues and modifying dysfunctional, unproductive thinking that enables a person to suffer psychologically. By addressing specific, observable actions that are causing harm to an individual, a therapeutic professional assists the individual in creating an alternative strategy for dealing with specified issues.

CBT has proven to be a formidable, effective treatment in treating troubled teens. This type of therapy is effective in treating psychological ailments such as, mood, anxiety, personality and eating disorders. This specialized, behavioral treatment is also thoroughly successful in treating individuals suffering from substance addiction. This is achieved through the abilities of a therapeutic professional and their capacity of accurately addressing underlying issues that may be causing the specific disorders or behaviors. By eliminating the root cause of a negative disorder, an individual is able to finally create separation from the personal affliction, allowing them to further progress into a state of recovery.

Cognitive restructuring
A type of therapy designed to replace the negative or harmful beliefs that are holding an individual back.
College preparatory classes

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A College preparatory class (college prep class) is a means by which college-bound high school students may better meet the more stringent scholastic requirements for entry into colleges and universities. College preparatory classes, also referred to as honors classes or AP classes, are specialized courses designed to assist intelligent, motivated and diligent students to prepare for, and successfully enroll in, their desired college university.

College prep courses are more advanced than regular classes. Furthermore, these specialized courses are considered to be much more difficult than ordinary courses, as the main objective of college prep is to prepare students for the advanced workload and curriculum they will experience if accepted into college. Moreover, college preparatory classes are not for every student.

Parents, who are currently seeking treatment for troubled teens, should be informed that not all treatment options offer college prep courses. If advanced schooling, such as college prep, is of interest to a parent of a troubled teen, it is imperative to inquire about the specific treatment facility's academic curriculum.

Compulsive Overeating
A compulsive disorder in which a person binge eats regularly. Is often indicative of underling emotional or mental health issues.
Core classes

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Also called core curriculum, core course of study refers to a series or selection of courses that all students are required to complete before they can move on to the next level in their education or earn a diploma. . For example, High school students must take the core curriculum to graduate. The core classes of standard academics are English, mathematics, science and social studies.

The purpose of implementing a core course of study is to ensure that every student take and complete courses that are deemed academically and culturally essential. By offering every student the essential basics of learning, students are given a fair and equal opportunity at achieving academic success. While any course of academics is beneficial, these core classes are recognized as the most invaluable courses. Moreover, without completing all of the core curriculum, a student will not be able to graduate.




Credits are one of the primary methods used to determine and document that students have met academic requirements, generally at the high school level. Credits are awarded after a student completes or passes, academic courses. In the U.S., credits are generally based on a system called, The Carnegie unit. This system requires 120 hours of instructional time in order for a student to successfully complete a course.

High school students must earn an accumulative amount of credits in order to receive a diploma. Moreover, credits are the fundamental factor in the success or failure of a student completing their schooling. The amount of credits, a student must earn in order to receive their diploma, varies from state to state. While credit requirements vary from state to state and school to school, they generally outline minimum requirements in the following subject areas: English language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, health, physical education, technology, and world languages.