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10 Harsh Realities Shared by For-Profit Owners of the Troubled Teen Industry

Open Letter from the perspective of current “Troubled Teen” owners and operators.   To Whom It May Concern,  The past few years have been tumultuous. More than ever, people – especially Gen Z– are skeptical of churches, schools, teachers, businesses, government officers, and police. The traditional helpers of society are being scrutinized more than ever, […]

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What Is Psychological Testing?

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After reading this blog, you will better understand the basics of psychological assessment, who administers psychological testing, the subspecialties of psychological testing and what sort of testing you or your child might need. […]

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Transporting A ‘Troubled Teen’ To Utah – Not Without a License!

updated November 2023 Good news out of the state of Utah. Utah has a new code requiring Youth Transporation Companies (“Teen Transport,” “Involuntary Youth Transport,” “Being Gooned”) to register with the Office of Licensing and submit to criminal background screenings for all transporters. Office of Licensing Rule R501-1-26(7) to register with the Office of Licensing […]

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Wilderness Therapy for Young Adults: Benefits, Expectations, and Programs

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Mental health struggles, addiction and other difficult life circumstances take their toll and can quickly feel unmanageable on your own. If you resonate with that, wilderness therapy for young adults can be an immensely helpful experience. Keep reading to discover the benefits of wilderness therapy […]

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Why Parents Should Look For Accreditation When Seeking a Therapeutic Treatment Program – 7 Reasons

When a parent/caregiver makes a decision on a treatment resource for their child, one reinforcer of quality and safety is national accreditation. […]

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5 Questions You Must Ask to Verify Mental Health Insurance

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Although not required, almost all insurance plans provide some coverage for mental health but don’t get blind-sided. Verify your benefits directly with your insurance company. Call the referenced number on the insurance card. Make sure to ask the following questions. […]

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Reflections: What Young Adult Wilderness Therapy Was Like For Me

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A year ago I was living at home taking online classes, at home, at the start of the coronavirus pandemic… but lost the motivation to finish classes I had started on campus. The largest change in my life has been the amount of confidence I have gained through this treatment program. […]

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Oregon State Bill 749: How and Why to Register

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A new law in Oregon (SB 749) requires Independent Education Consultants (Therapeutic Consultants) to register with the State of Oregon as a ‘Registered Referral Source.’ This law is only tied to adolescent treatment programs in OR. […]

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Before Hiring a Teen Transport, Read This

“Involuntary Enrollment” aka “Teen Transport” aka “Being Gooned” This blog post is designed to address, in a non-judgemental and fact-based manner, the subject of non-consensual enrollments in behavioral healthcare settings for underage minors and the escorted transports which are often utilized to facilitate those enrollments. This is a controversial topic, and for many, an extremely […]

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What is an Educational Consultant or Therapeutic Consultant?

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The term “Educational Consultant” harkens back to the early days of placements in traditional prep schools and elite colleges. The vocation now includes Therapeutic Consultants, Behavioral Health Consultants, Interventionists or simply Referring Professionals. […]

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