But what if you can’t afford a camp? Can you have your teen counseled away from a camp? Of course you can. Mind you there are so many positive benefits from your teen being in a group situation and removed from the bad influences in and around their school and home but non-residential counseling is certainly worth considering. And you can have group counseling in a non-residential environment as well. But camps do have the advantage of the great outdoors and the isolation factor and making new friends are other benefits.
The therapy or counseling your teen receives may be from a trained social worker, a youth counselor or even a medical professional who deals specifically with at-risk youth.
You cannot downplay the importance of counseling for your at-risk teen. You do want to get the appropriate type of counseling and you do want to engage the best practitioners. But do not delay unnecessarily.
To discover your teen has run away and you have to call the police to report your loved one is missing is a sad and highly-worrying experience. Take action before your at-risk son or daughter finally does something which everyone may later regret.
It is not alarmist to stress that teen suicide, drug overdoes and criminal activity is sadly relatively common today. Do not allow your trouble teen to become a statistic.
Find out what is causing their at-risk status, get help as quickly as possible and use whatever recommended youth counseling services you can.
You can never be too concerned about your child. If you take the attitude that the behavior is something your son or daughter will grow out of, you may regret that approach. Be careful in finding help. You don’t wish to drive your teen to even further at-risk action but you do want to stop some serious even tragic case to unfold.
Of course the counselor you choose must be registered and licensed to practice in your state. They will hopefully be experienced and wise. And one way to find out is to check with other parents of troubled teens. Parents who have nothing to gain financially and who understand what a worried parent is going through, are far more likely to tell you the truth about their experiences with counselor X. Take advice.
Counselors who are licensed to practice in your state will have their qualifications and work reviewed on a regular basis.
Remember the number one priority is your at-risk youth. You want them diagnosed and, if required, into counseling as soon as possible. You want your teen taken off the critical list. You can sort out the troubles which worry your teen. You can help them build their self-respect and get back on track. And all with the aid of a counselor who deals on a daily basis with at-risk youth.
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