If you are at the point, where your teen living at home is no longer working, read below to better understand the different options…wilderness, therapeutic boarding schools, outpatient treatment and transition programs… It is recommended to use an educational therapist who is experienced with these programs to guide you on the best choice for your child and your family.

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Eduactional Consultants

Independent Educational Consultant

Educational Consultants that work with families that have at-risk teens typically have extensive experience in crisis intervention, dealing with oppositional behaviors, and other emotional/behavioral difficulties.

Educational Consultants focus on finding the best solutions and specialize in therapeutic boarding school, residential treatment and wilderness placements. Educational consultants know the schools and programs and have an in-depth knowledge of the program differences and quality of the staff.

Fees… Some consultants charge an hourly fee, while others offer an overall fee for the whole process from start to finish. Ask your consultant what the fee includes. [Note: Consultants should not receive any incentives from the programs that they refer to.]

The process… Consultants collect information including school transcripts, therapeutic evaluations, medications, and possibly do some psychological or academic assessments to help identify your child’s strengths and weaknesses. The consultant then gives your family the full range of options that best fit for your child.

Finding a consultant… Referrals are always a great way to go when looking for a consultant. There is also a national organization, IECA, and these approved member consultants are trained experts and the website, IECAonline.com is a great resource for learning more.

Parent Recommended...

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The consultants below have been recommended by parents and students.

  • Randi Klein [Westlake, CA]
  • Pamela Jobin [Dever, CO]
  • Alicia Goldman [SF, CA]

Other possibilities to review…

  • Harriett Bay in LA
  • Kay Davison in Newport Beach
  • Paula Feldman in Corona del Mar
  • Lynn Hamilton in Santa Barbara
  • Dani Levine in Tarzana
  • Anne Lewis in Santa Barbara
  • Susan Miltner in Davis
  • Jessica Romeyn in LA
  • Teri Solocheck in West Hills

Psychological Evaluations

Psychological Evaluation Process

Psychological testing is nearly always performed by a licensed psychologist since they are the only profession that is expertly trained to perform and interpret psychological tests.

Psychological assessment is a process of testing that uses a combination of techniques including interviews and observations to help arrive at some hypotheses about an individual and their behavior, personality and capabilities.

It is recommended as part of a full assessment that the individual also have a full medical examination, to rule out the possibilities of a medical, disease or organic cause for the individual’s symptoms.

INTERVIEWS

  • Interviews with the child/teen, parents, teachers, academic counselors and therapists allow the psychologist to gather valuable information. This is usually done prior to any formal testing and there can also be follow up.

TESTING

  • Assessment of Intellectual Functioning (IQ)
    • Intelligence Tests: Stanford-Binet and the Wechsler scales
    • IQ Test: WAIS-IV – Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale , WISC-IV – Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children
    • Halstead Reitan Battery neuropsychological tests
  • Personality Assessment
    • Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI)
    • Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory, 3rd edition (MCMI-III)
    • Rorschach Inkblot Test
    • Myers-Briggs
  • Behavioral Assessment
    • Observing the child/teen in their natural environment can also be helpful in having a better understanding of the individual. Often, behavior observations is some of the most important information.
    • How does the person act? Nervous, calm, smug? What they do and do not do? Do they make and maintain eye contact? How close to you do they sit?

ASSESSMENT & RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Psychologists take all of the information they have gathered to create an assessment and then make recommendations based on the results.

Parent Recommended...

  • Menninger Clinic [Houston]
    Expensive, but they conduct every conceivable test to make sure it’s mental illness and not a chemical imbalance. Also conduct DNA testing to try and determine the best suitable meds for an individual.
  • Koegel Autist Center – UCSB [Santa Barbara]
    Offers comprehensive diagnostic, developmental, educational, and psychological assessment services for Autism.

VIEW LOCAL PSYCHOLOGISTS WHO ALSO PROVIDE ASSESSMENTS >

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Treatment Programs

An Overview of the Process

There are many ways to do this if you are considering sending your child to a residential program. This is just an overview of how the process can work…

STEP 1 – MAKING THE DECISION & FINDING A PROGRAM

  • Work with a therapist or educational consultant to find the best program for your child.

STEP 2 – TRANSPORTATION

  • Decide whether you need to use an “escort-transport” service if you don’t think your child will go willingly.

STEP 3 – SHORT TERM OPTIONS

  • Programs may start with a [option 1] 30 Day Residential Program or [option 2] a Wilderness Program

STEP 4 – LONG TERM RESIDENTIAL

  • Sometimes short-term programs are enough and other times, a next step is recommended so that your teen can take those newly learned tools and change them into habits.
  • Some teens will go straight into a Therapeutic or Residential Boarding School without doing a short-term program prior.

STEP 5 – TRANSITIONING HOME

  • When your teen is ready to come home, the program, your educational consultant and your local therapist can help you with the transition.
  • There are great books on this process along with worksheets parents can do to prepare.
  • Some families opt to do the transition on their own and line up support for their teen back home. Others have their teen transition to a regular boarding school. And others opt to use one of the Family Coaches who specialize in this process.

Researching Residential Programs

Here are a few sites to help you continue your research as you explore treatment options. It is highly recommended that you hire an Educational Consultant to assist you in this process.

  • The National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs
    • Start exploring the types of programs available, especially if looking for a particular school. Locate an educational consultant. Under the parent tab you can find a detailed list of questions to ask when visiting and researching schools and programs.
  • Independent Educational Consultants Association
    • Lists educational consultants by state and type of services they provide.
  • The Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Industry Council
    • Several wilderness treatment programs that have joined together to collaborate and share the best practices to promote program standards for wilderness treatment.
  • Best Therapeutic Boarding Schools for Troubled Teens
    • Free Help Finding the potential Right Therapeutic Boarding School for Your Teenager
  • The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
    •  This is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization.

NOT RECOMMENDED

These programs are NOT recommended by other parents…

  • PCH Treatment Center [Santa Monica, CA]
    VERY expensive and they don’t understand that people with people with MI have difficulty following rules. If a rule is broken they simply kick you out of their program, with no refund.

Adolescent Outpatient Treatment Programs

INFORMATION COMING SOON… 

What is Adolescent Outpatient Treatment?

TBA…

For more information, view the NATSAP website.

Residential Treatment Programs

Santa Barbara Agencies
[click on the organization to link to their website]

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  • CADA Detox, Youth & Adult Outpatient Treatment 805.963.1433
    Daniel Bryant Youth Treatment Center
  • Crescend Health [formerly Phoenix House] Residential Treatment 805.965.3434
  • Sanctuary Centers of SB Residential & Outpatient 805.569.2785
  • Stalwart Sober Living Home for Women, 805.965.4989

MORE INFORMATION COMING SOON… 

  • Central Coast Treatment Center [Francie White]
  • Center for Discovery, Los Alamitos, CA
  • Rosewood Ranch for Adolescents [Arizona]
    Residential care for adolescents with anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder with dual diagnosis program.

NOT PARENT RECOMMENDED…

  • La Ventana

What are Residential Treatement Programs?

THERAPEUTIC BOARDING SCHOOL…  is an out-of-home placement that combines therapy and education for students with emotional and behavioral disorders, substance use disorders, or learning disabilities.

RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT PROGRAM… A residential treatment center (RTC), is a live-in health care facility providing therapy for substance abuse, mental illness, or other behavioral problems. Many teen-based programs also provide an academic component with either classes or independent learning.

Both types of boarding usually include… family therapy, individual therapy, and group therapy.


For more information, view the NATSAP website.

Sober Living Homes, Detox & Rehab Programs

Santa Barbara Agencies
[click on the organization to link to their website]

CLICK TO VIEW ADDITIONAL SANTA BARBARA RESOURCES >>

  • CADA Detox, Youth & Adult Outpatient Treatment 805.963.1433
    Daniel Bryant Youth Treatment Center
  • Crescend Health [formerly Phoenix House] Residential Treatment 805.965.3434
  • Sanctuary Centers of SB Residential & Outpatient 805.569.2785
  • Stalwart Sober Living Home for Women, 805.965.4989

MORE INFORMATION COMING SOON… 

  • Central Coast Treatment Center [Francie White]
  • Center for Discovery, Los Alamitos, CA
  • Rosewood Ranch for Adolescents [Arizona]
    Residential care for adolescents with anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder with dual diagnosis program.

NOT PARENT RECOMMENDED…

  • La Ventana

What are sober living homes, detox & rehab?

TBA…

For more information, view the NATSAP website.

Therapeutic Boarding Schools

MORE INFORMATION COMING SOON… 

  • New Haven [Utah]
  • Aspiro Wilderness Discovery Ranch
  • Red Cliff Ascent Programs

What are Therapeutic Boarding Schools?

THERAPEUTIC BOARDING SCHOOL…  is an out-of-home placement that combines therapy and education for students with emotional and behavioral disorders, substance use disorders, or learning disabilities.

RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT PROGRAM… A residential treatment center (RTC), is a live-in health care facility providing therapy for substance abuse, mental illness, or other behavioral problems. Many teen-based programs also provide an academic component with either classes or independent learning.

Both types of boarding usually include… family therapy, individual therapy, and group therapy.


For more information, view the NATSAP website.

Wilderness Therapy Programs

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  • New Vision Wilderness Program
  • Second Nature Wilderness Experience
  • Pacific Quest, Hawaii
  • Open Sky, Colorado
  • True North

What is Wilderness Therapy?

Wilderness therapy is a subset of adventure-based therapy. It is the use of wilderness expeditions for the purpose of therapeutic intervention. There are a range of different types of wilderness therapy programs, with a range of models and approaches.

Most programs employ no force, confrontation, point or level systems, or other overt behavioral modification techniques or models, but stress assertiveness, open communication between staff and students, and are very group-oriented. There is no one standardized model for the therapy, since many models of wilderness therapy are reflective of different programs, although most usually contain the following principles: a series of tasks that are increasingly difficult in order to challenge the patients; teamwork activities for working together; the presence of a psychiatrist or therapist as a group leader; and the use of a therapeutic process such as a reflection journal or self-evaluation.

NOTE: Choose carefully! There are many programs out there and not all of them are reputable. There are treatment programs where abusive situations have been reported. Talk to other families who have used the programs or hire a consultant.

Transition, Aftercare & Wrap-Around Services

Transition Programs & Consultants

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The consultants below have been recommended by parents and students.

  • Coyote Coast
    Designed to provide therapeutic support services to teens and families experiencing emotional, behavioral, and substance-related difficulties. Mentoring along with parent coaching helps families create a plan for troubled at home, at risk teens as well as extremely helpful in supporting the entire family when transitioning your teen back home from a program.
  • Homeward Bound
    Created to fill the gap between out-of-home treatment programs and the realities of home life or independent living and quickly discovered that the processes were highly successful when used as a preventative measure as well. They believes that every family can benefit greatly from the practical and customized education, coaching, and real-time support that they can provide.
  • VIVE: Family Support Program
    Works to heal troubled kids and family relationships and are often called upon by parents who are experiencing a chaotic or turbulent time in their families. Vive supports young people and their families who find themselves struggling with a difficult transition or life event, or who are experiencing mild to moderate emotional issues.
  • 360 Program
    360 helps adolescents and young adults successfully transition from treatment to home, college, or independence. It provides the family with wrap-around support to help parents as skills are transferred from treatment to the real-world setting.

Transition Programs & Consultants

What are Transition/Aftercare Programs?

Hiring a family coach/mentor can be a great support when teens who have been in a residential program are transitioning back home.

  • Continuing Care: Coaches are trained to support families in transition and offer practical direction and help set realistic expectations and come up with a concrete plan of action.
  • Family Coach: This is often an intensive service that focuses on reducing unmanageable behaviors that are currently impacting the teen’s functioning at home or school. The coach helps the teen learn new ways of reducing and managing behaviors and increase positive behaviors and coping skills. Parents are taught how to effectively manage the behaviors and support their teen. Meetings typically take place in the home so the coach can see the teen in their natural environment where the challenging behaviors usually occur. Coaches provide modeling, structure, support and behavioral interventions based on the teen and family’s abilities, interests, and strengths.

View our BOOK LIST for a better understanding on the process of transitioning a child back how who has been in a residential program.

Campus Clubs

Encourage students to look for positive support on their high school and college campuses. Below are a few of the clubs and programs available at different campuses…

HIGH SCHOOL CAMPUS

  • Project LETS
  • Bring Change to Mind
  • Active Minds,
  • Youth Move
  • Dare to Dream
  • Live-Love-Laugh, Erika’s Lighthouse

COLLEGE CAMPUS

  • Active Minds – dedicated to utilizing the student voice to raise mental health awareness among college students. The organization develops and supports student-run chapters on colleges and university campuses that promote a dialogue around issues of mental health and educate the entire student body about available resources in and around the campus community.
  • NAMI on Campus – work to end the stigma that makes it hard for students to talk about mental health and get the help they need. Support peers with signature NAMI programs and training from NAMI State Organizations and Affiliates.
  • YMM, You Mean More – aims to promote awareness and strengthen the prevention of suicide and self-harm among university students. Events (at UC Berkley) include the Mental Health Monologues and the Suicide Prevention Walk.

College Counseling Centers

Many of the support services on college campuses are included with the students tuition…

  • Provide assessment and brief therapy for students.
  • Community referrals for long term needs.
  • Provide crisis intervention
  • Education and outreach
  • Training future mental health care professionals
  • Medication management through student health insurance plan
  • Re-entry process for students who take semester off due to mental health to provide “continuity of care”

Youth Transport-Escort Services

What is a Youth Transport-Escort Service?

A transport service specializes in the transportation of at-risk youth to private programs and schools. They are designed to help by providing safe transportation and a therapeutic transition. Escorts are trained to anticipate resistance from the teens, so they are trained to look for signs of anxiety or attempts to run and have a plan for how to respond.

Transport services are usually a last resort for parents to transport their teens to programs/treatment. If you are using this option, ask for a referral from friends, your therapist or educational consultant. You want this process to go as smoothly as possible.

Teen transport services can be expensive since it usually involves airfare for both the teen and their escort team as well as their fees for service.

The process… Most escorts arrive at your residence early in the morning or very late at night to ensure that the teen is at home and sleeping. The parents meet the escorts at the front door with the clothes for the child to wear during the transport. In addition they have any necessary luggage packed. The escorts are led to the teen’s room, the parents wake the teen and introduce the escorts and tell their teen that the escorts are there to take them to the program. The parents are then asked to leave the room so as not to be seen by the child. The escorts get the teen dressed and take them directly out to the car. They are placed in the back seat with the child locks on and one escort will sit beside them. The team sets boundaries for the teen and explains what behavior is acceptable.  The escorts call the parents as soon as their teen has been dropped at the program and a report is given to the parents on the behavior and mood of the teen during the transport.

The negatives… The process of being forcibly removed from the home can be traumatic for both the teen and their parents. Some teens describe it as feeling like they were kidnapped. Parents and teens will sometimes hear these escorts referred to as “Goons”.

Parent Recommended...

The escorts below have been recommended by parents and students.

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