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      Teens Dealing With Divorced Parents: How You Can Help

      When parents divorce, home life can become tumultuous, strange and extremely difficult to deal with, especially for teenagers who feel as if they have lost their sense of “family” while having to balancing the personal, social and academic aspects of their lives. Dealing with divorced parents can drastically change a teen’s mental health and social…

      Zero Tolerance Policies Encourage Teen Drug Use

      New research published in the American Journal of Public Health compared high school drug policies in Washington State to those in Victoria, Australia. While high schools across America take a firm zero-tolerance approach to teen drug use, Australia opts for less extreme approaches. Teen drug users who were caught in Washington schools were twice as…

      Overcoming Fears at a Wilderness Camp for Troubled Youth

      Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “Do one thing every day that scares you.” Fear, though unpleasant at times, is powerful. When we are threatened, whether the threat is real or perceived, our body is ready to respond. The brain instructs the body to increase blood flow, escalate heart rate and calculate an exit strategy. Fear can…

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      The Better Alternative to Summer Boot Camps for Teens

      Any parent with a troubled teen has been where you are. At their wit’s end, not knowing how they got here in the first place and unsure of what steps to take next. You know your teen needs help beyond what you can offer, but you don’t know what that help should look like. What…

      How to Improve Family Relationships: Regular Family Meetings

      Just as timeouts are necessary in a basketball game, so the coach can communicate and inspire his team, parents should be calling for family meetings to improve family relationships. In our busy, technological world, it is easy for families to find themselves detached from each other. Taking the time for family meetings can bring your…

      Social Isolation in Teens: The Damaging Effects of Being Left Out

      Teens are social creatures. Just pay attention next time you’re out with your daughter and her friends. If one of them has to go to the bathroom, they will likely all accompany her. Peer relationships are a vital part of your child’s development. So, if your son or daughter is experiencing social isolation, it needs…

      Tips for Parenting Troubled Teens

      Parenting troubled teens can be a difficult endeavor no matter who you are. Parenting a troubled teen, however, can present its own unique set of challenges. Before things get out of hand, here are a few warning signs that might indicate your teen is on a path for troubled behavior. Changes in mood and temperament Yes,…

      Wilderness Therapy Programs Develop Teens Personally and Socially

      In this day and age, there seems to be so much negativity surrounding teens and their use of technology. Study after study shows the decline in social skills and face-to-face interactions of today’s generation of teenagers. But, is their technology-driven communication really that bad for them? The positive aspects of technology New research points out…

      Technology Tops The List of Teenage Problems

      Deseret News recently asked 24 experts what tops the list of teenage problems. Unsurprisingly, managing technology and social media ranked highest among teenage problems. Substance use, bullying and dating violence were also highly ranked. While technology has made great strides in the past few decades, achieving much more than former generations ever dreamed of, it…

      A Thorough Behavior Assessment Gives Greatest Chance for Successful Therapy

      Is your child’s high-risk behaviors causing problems at home and school? Have you tried seeking therapy from home with no significant change? A change in environment, behavior assessment, and a diverse therapy team might be just what your teen needs. Trails Carolina’s wilderness therapy goes beyond the typical wilderness therapy approach to ensure the greatest chance for…