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Where to Send Troubled Teenagers

Need to know where to send troubled teenagers?

If you are one of the many parents struggling with a troubled teen at home, you may be looking for where to send troubled teenagers to help you and your child get the help and support that you need. At Crosswinds, we offer a multitude of counseling and other programs to help ease the burden for parents and enlighten the life of those teens. But there are many different types of programs available, even beyond what Crosswinds offers!  Below are some short definitions of different types of troubled teen programs to help you understand the basics of each. Determine which kind of program will best serve you and your child!

Where Can I Send My Troubled Teenager?

  1. Outpatient Counseling Program: Individual or family counseling programs that allow your teen to continue to live in the home while they receive treatment. Outpatient therapy is a good first step in getting help for your teen.
  2. Summer Camp for Troubled Teens: A short-term program for teens that are beginning to head down a dangerous path. Summer programs for troubled teens may only operate 2-3 months of the year, or may be a short-term option that is part of a year-round residential program. They typically include counseling, adventure-based activities, and opportunities for students to catch up academically.
  3. Wilderness Therapy Program: An outdoor program for teens that provides treatment through the challenges and lessons learned while surviving in nature. Wilderness programs usually include daily structured outdoor activities such as hiking, canoeing, rock climbing, etc. Teens usually stay in a wilderness program no more than 30-45 days.
  4. Therapeutic Christian Boarding School: A school for struggling teens that typically includes counseling, a specialized academic program, therapeutic activities, relationship building, and opportunities for spiritual growth. Teens typically stay at a therapeutic boarding school between 6-18 months.
  5. Residential Treatment Program: A residential treatment program is specialized facility for teens facing issues that require intensive care and constant supervision such as: eating disorders, sexually maladaptive behaviors, extreme substance abuse, suicide attempts or violence.
  6. Psychiatric Treatment Program: A lock-down program, typically housed in a hospital, that provides short, intense treatment to keep a teen from immediate danger.


Don’t feel alone in your search for where to send troubled teenagers. Contact Crosswinds and get you and your child on the road to recovery and peace with our expert team and proven methods.

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