Arizona Based Wilderness Treatment Program For Troubled Teens Proves To Be Better Than Boot Camp | Mike Merchant, President | Sean Rourke, Vice President
Key questions guide parents to safe and effective alternatives for troubled teens.
Arizona (I-Newswire) September 4, 2012 - Mesa, Arizona – Parents should ask some critical questions as they seek residential or inpatient care for a child struggling with depression, substance abuse or other concerns. In a guide titled “Troubled Teens Need Proven Intervention, Not Boot Camp,” adolescent behavioral healthcare leader Michael Merchant helps parents discern provider responses to identify nurturing programs using evidence-based psychotherapy, drug and alcohol counseling, parent education, social-skills training, and other proven interventions.
- How does the program regard the children in its care?
- Does the program possess the clinical competencies my child requires?
- Does treatment involve parents and align with my family’s values?
- Is the provider licensed and accredited?
- Is care administered by independently licensed professionals?
- Does the program allow confidential communication to family and child protective services?
- Are independent outcome statistics available?
Merchant, who is president of the nonprofit ANASAZI Foundation and an authority on best practices for adolescent behavioral healthcare providers, believes the answers to these questions reveal much about the nature and effectiveness of potential caregivers.
When inpatient or residential treatment is recommended, parents of troubled teens may consider psychiatric hospitals, therapeutic boarding schools, wilderness treatment, and emotional growth programs. It is often difficult for parents to know which programs use harsh and demeaning practices. “Not all treatment options are alike,” said Merchant. “Programs that employ degrading confrontation only hurt children and further alienate them from their parents. But qualified caregivers who treat children with respect and understanding can help facilitate change, strengthen families, and even save lives.”
Parents can learn more about programs and best practices through the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP) and the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Industry Council (OBHIC). For more information or to obtain a pre-written editorial highlighting Merchant’s parent guide, contact ANASAZI Foundation or visit www.anasazi.org/news.
ABOUT ANASAZI FOUNDATION
ANASAZI Foundation is a nonprofit (501c3), nationally recognized, licensed, and JCAHO-accredited behavioral healthcare provider. ANASAZI's menu of services includes a 42-day outdoor treatment program for youths ages 12-17 and young adults ages 18-25, as well as parenting workshops, leadership and marriage courses, outpatient counseling, and community drug awareness and education forums. More information is available at www.anasazi.org.
About Anasazi foundation
ANASAZI Foundation is a nonprofit (501c3), nationally recognized, licensed, and JCAHO-accredited beh More..avioral healthcare provider. ANASAZI's menu of services includes a 42-day outdoor treatment program for youths ages 12-17 and young adults ages 18-25, as well as parenting workshops, leadership and marriage courses, outpatient counseling, and community drug awareness and education forums. More information is available at www.anasazi.org.Less..
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Published On:September 4, 2012
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