View Full Version : Searching for therapeutic summer camps
05-21-2010, 10:16 AM
My 17 year old daughter has dropped out of school, due to depression, anxiety, lack of motivation and manipulation. I would like to enroll her in a 30-60 day clincally oriented camp where she can get round the clock help for her core issues, help her get on track emotionally and academically and get her away from her urban environment where she has many unsavory temptations. I would appreciate all ideas!
03-30-2011, 07:55 PM
I'd really like to hear an answer to this, too. My 16yo son is in a similar situation and I've thought this summer might be a good time for time away from us to regroup. Otherwise, he'll just be into mischief all summer. :(
03-07-2012, 01:24 PM
Since a choice of such a program is so important in terms of efficacy and safety, we can't advertise or recommend specific camps/programs although we are often asked to do so, and are often offered fees to do so by these camps. Some can be wonderful, others can be nightmares. Even the good ones can change to bad ones in a short time period. The best option is to hire a consultant to find the best program for your particular child's needs, someone who keeps very up-to-date regarding these places. BEFORE CONSIDERING THAT OPTION be sure that you've worked extensively with a good adolescent specialist before going there. Most kids can do great in these camps (particularly the military style ones) only to become even worse a few months after returning since they never learned how to cope in their normal (home) environment. In most cases, well-coached parents can be the most therapeutic force in a child's life, with power far beyond that of any school or program.
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