Making the best choice for your child

If you’re thinking about seeking external treatment or intervention for your child, here are three steps to ensure that they will put your child’s welfare first.

1. Look for red flags

Here’s a list of program warning signs to watch out for when contemplating residential placement or wilderness programs. It is critical that you rethink your program choice if any program endorses or promotes these practices. What most parents don’t know is that the “troubled teen industry” employs unethical and unsafe practices that infringe upon human rights. Unfortunately, these are common. 

2. Research the program

Unsilenced has compiled a list of programs from across the U.S. and overseas, along with their compliance, incident, and safety history. Use this free resource to research and check out what they may not be telling you. 

3. Explore the alternatives

Always look for “evidence-based” treatments. These offer families access to treatment options that are grounded in evidence and prioritize safety when addressing behavioral, trauma, and mental health challenges in adolescents. Examples of underutilized programs that can provide outstanding results are:

Evidence-based treatments also signify an approach that has undergone rigorous examination through scientific evaluations and randomized control trials, confirming their effectiveness. These assessments have involved diverse populations and independent researchers rather than just the model’s developers, who may have a vested interest in its success. Furthermore, these treatments have shown significant lasting effects, persisting for at least six months post-treatment.

Unsilenced keeps a list of safe alternatives.


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