Secure Facility

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A secure facility is a controlled environment. This type of environment is under 24-hour supervision of staff who look after individuals who are in their care. This type of facility is implemented and utilized at troubled teen treatment facilities such as, therapeutic boarding schools, group homes, wilderness therapy programs and residential treatment centers. By establishing a secure facility, staff are able to effectively watch over teens, who are prone to self-destructive behaviors and keep them safe from their own devices.

Secure facilities are effective in treating troubled adolescents for a variety of reasons. Troubled teens, who live in a secure facility, have proven to be self-destructive and untrustworthy in terms of making good choices. These teens require therapeutic intervention and cannot be trusted to make productive choices if left to their own free will. Furthermore, these adolescents require a watchful eye, ensuring they are safe from self-destructive behaviors. By creating a safe environment, teens are then able to effectively receive therapeutic treatment, a therapeutic treatment they would not have been able to receive without the protection of a secure facility.

self advocacy skills

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Self-advocacy is an individual understanding their strengths and needs, identifying personal goals, knowing legal rights and responsibilities, and communicating these to others. An individual who thoroughly understands their strengths and weaknesses are able to learn and develop, even when faced with adversity. For example, if a person knows they are able to more effectively learn an alternative way of learning, this person is able to apply their system of learning, without becoming discouraged. This type of person knows their strengths and is aware of the fact they are learning information through alternative routes, and perhaps, at a different pace than others.

Self-advocacy is crucial for problem-solving and building self-esteem. As everyone is unique, people have different strengths and weaknesses. Instead of comparing individual weaknesses to others strengths, self-advocacy shows individuals that everyone is different. Where some people are stronger than you in different areas, you too are stronger than they are in different areas. Rather than becoming discouraged, a person, who employs self-advocacy skills, will find a way in which they are able to use their strengths to overcome their weakness.

Self-defeating behaviors

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Self-defeating behaviors are any behaviors an individual displays that negatively affects their life. An example of self-defeating behavior would be to set a goal of saving money, but instead, an individual spends more money than they would make in a month. In short, a person, who displays a self-defeating behavior, makes choices that ultimately set them up for failure. A person who commits to a self- defeating behavior, does so, knowingly.

Some individuals partake in self-defeating behaviors because of their fear of success. When things are going well in life, this type of person fears they will inevitably destroy their success, leaving them in a state of utter disappointment. Self- defeating individuals are convinced they are going to fail, therefore, choose to fail by their own accord. This type of problematic thinking stems from a person's low self-worth and feelings of inadequacy.

For parents of troubled adolescents who display self-defeating behaviors, it is crucial to correct their child's impractical, and self-destructive way of thinking. If not properly addressed, a teen's self- defeating tendencies will become their mindset, inevitably destroying their future.

A person's belief in or understanding of their personal self-worth. Having high self-esteem is important to maintaining good mental health.
Attempts of an individual to deal with mental health issues through the use of drugs or other substances.
Social Norms
The expectations or standards a person is expected to conform to when interacting with other people.
Social Problems
When a person has difficulty conforming to societal behavior standards. This type of problem can get in the way of normal social development.
Social sciences

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The social sciences are academic disciplines concerned with the study of the social life of human groups and individuals including Anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, psychology, social studies, and sociology.

Social sciences, also known as Social Studies, is a very critical education, that, unfortunately, is somewhat neglected in today's modern classroom. Ever since the passage of No Child Left Behind, established in 2001, the United States' classroom has put more of an emphasis on the studies of mathematics and reading while lessening the requirements for social studies in state curriculums.

Social sciences doesn't only teach students about geography, but largely  emphasizes on studying the various types of peoples living in heterogeneous, geographical locations as well. As students learn more about cultural differences, they begin to find that there are a large number of cultural similarities as well. This allows students to connect with different customs, traditions and beliefs of foreign peoples all over the world.

In short, social science is crucial because it teaches students to study cultural differences, allowing students to appreciate other people's culture, rather than being ignorant and closed minded towards their fellow humanity. 

A drug that increases the neurological activity of the body. Examples include cocaine and amphetamines.


The New Oxford American Dictionary provides the following definition for strengths:

" a good or beneficial quality or attribute of a person or thing: the strengths and weaknesses of their sales and marketing operation | his strength was his obsessive single-mindedness."

In short, strengths are characteristics of an individual that allow them to accomplish certain tasks and actions that others, who do not share the same type of strengths, cannot accomplish, or at least to the same extent.

It is crucial for individuals to identify their personal strengths and then use those strengths to better their lives. For example, a master craftsman possesses certain talent, or strengths, that enable him to utilize when creating items out of wood. This individual has taken advantage of his ability and has applied his strengths to become an expert in an occupation, one that others, who do not possess similar strengths, would ever be able to achieve. Moreover, effectively identifying and applying personal strength is crucial for an individual's overall success.



A student is a learner, or someone who attends an educational institution. In its widest use, student is used for anyone who is learning, including mid-career adults who are taking vocational education or returning to university. An individual living in the United States typically spends the majority of their adolescence as a student (ages 5 - 18).

During a teen's duration of living as a student, he/she will be provided with a multitude of opportunities to better their lives, depending on what kind of grades or accomplishments they achieved as a student. Teen's, who receive excellent grades, will reap benefits and opportunities that students with poor grade will not be given. Moreover, students, who excel in athletics, may also achieve opportunities through their ability and athletic prowess.

Troubled adolescents are typically poor students during their time of academics. These types of teens seemingly don't care about scholastics and instead, care about living in the moment, relishing in instant gratification and indulgences. Troubled adolescents, in general, do not care about their future, and, therefore, don't care about their life as a student. For these types of teens, parents can trust in the services of trouble adolescent treatment, such as, therapeutic boarding schools, group homes, and residential treatment facilities for troubled teens.

Student profile

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A student profile provides information about a student. Student profiles can include data submitted by a student, as well as information which is added by staff members at an educational institution to provide a complete picture of the student. Access to many types of student profiles is restricted due to concerns about security and privacy.

In terms of treatment for troubled teens, student profiles are used to analyze characteristics, disorders and behaviors of an adolescent. A troubled teen's student profile allows staff to properly treat and provide therapeutic guidance for a teen, based on the information the student profile provides them with.

Study Skills

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Study skills, also known as study strategies, are approaches applied to learning. They are generally critical to the success in school, considered essential for acquiring good grades, and useful for learning throughout one's life. Study skills are key to achieving academic success. Those, who develop study skills, are able to earn outstanding grades in academics, acquire an abundance of knowledge and are motivated to live a successful, fruitful, and proactive lifestyle.

Despite the possible, monumentally positive ramifications that come along with developing study skills, troubled teens are typically uninterested in participating in the efforts of studying. Troubled adolescents spend minimal time engaging in proactive activities, such as improving study skills. Troubled adolescents, instead, typically focus on comparatively trivial pursuits such as, unproductive friendships and relationships, partying, and other activities that bring instant gratification.

Teens, who fail to develop study skills, are at a great disadvantage. If left to their own devices, these teens will be incapable of reaping the benefits that life's opportunities have to offer. Fortunately, for teens who, so far,
have neglected their studies, there are troubled teen services that can assist them in repairing and reaching academic goals.

Substance abuse

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Merriam-Webster's defines substance abuse as overindulgence in or dependence on an addictive substance, especially alcohol or drugs. Substance abuse has always been an issue nation-wide, especially amongst today's youth.

Troubled teen's are abusing harmful substances more than ever in our country. It is no longer taboo to use and abuse harmful substances, in fact, it is almost a social norm and those, who don't participate, are considered as outcasts. Teens who abuse harmful substances such as drugs and alcohol, are likely to develop life-long habits and are in danger of suffering an early death. It is for this reason that parents of troubled teens who are abusing substances need to find help for their child as soon as possible.

There is a wide array of choices for parents to consider when parenting a substance abusing teen. Therapeutic boarding schools, group homes and residential treatment centers are among the top and most effective choices for parents to consider.

Substance abuse programs

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Substance abuse programs are any facilities that offer substance abuse treatment to troubled teens suffering from severe substance abuse issues. There are many different types of substance abuse programs for troubled teens including, therapeutic boarding schools, group homes, wilderness therapy and residential treatment programs. As there are many different types of substance abuse programs to choose from, there is a great likelihood of parents locating and choosing a program that best suits the needs of their child.

Substance abuse programs are effective and absolutely necessary resources for parents of an addicted teen to utilize. If a parent fails to find appropriate treatment for their drug addicted child, they are gambling with the life of their child as drug addiction is a grave and potentially fatal disease.

When searching for the appropriate substance abuse program for their child, parents need to make sure the specific treatment program best suits the needs of their child.



Support is a group of people working together to help an individual. Support can come in many different forms, but ultimately, has the same agenda: to give unwavering help to an individual in need. For example, if an individual is low on money, he may depend on the support of family and friends to help him pay his rent.

When pertaining to troubled teens, support is essential to restoring balance and productivity within the troubled child. Without the support of their family, a troubled teen's out of control behaviors may destroy their life. In fact, without the support of their family, a troubled teen's out of control behaviors may even result in fatal consequences.

Supporting a troubled child does not mean to constantly bail them out of trouble, or rescue them from choices they have made. This type of 'support' will only further enable a troubled adolescent's out of control behaviors. True support, however, would be to seek professional, therapeutic treatment for a child. There are nearly countless treatment options that specialize in treating troubled children, such as wilderness therapy for troubled teens.