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Is your family life in chaos due to the behavior of your child? Is your child displaying any of the following self-destructive behaviors? Are you looking for a Juvenile Boot Camp or other intervention? Contact us before making a final decision. We're here to help.
Does your teenager struggle
with any of the following

  • Family Conflict, Argumentative, Abusive Behavior
  • Blatant Disregard of Rules
  • Can't Accept "No" For an Answer
  • Abrupt Change in Personality
  • Never at Fault - Shifts Blame to Others
  • Uncontrollable Anger - Poor Emotional Control
  • Can't Accept Feedback - "Above the Law"
  • Manipulative - Pits Parents Against Each Other
  • Lying - Stealing - Sneaky Behaviors
  • Lack of Motivation - Lazy - Resists Tasks
  • "I hate you," attitude
  • "You can't make me," attitude
  • Substance Abuse - Alcohol or Drugs
  • Skips School - Truancy
  • School Suspensions - Authority Problems
  • Grades Have Fallen - Academic Problems
  • Can't Keep Friends - Peer Problems
  • Legal Problems - Facing Justice
  • Fighting - Violence and Aggression
  • Gang Involvement & Glorification
  • Danger to Self or Others
  • Runs Away or AWOL
  • Conduct Disorder - Diagnosed or Observed?
  • Poor Choice of Friends - Easily Misled
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
  • Bipolar Disorder - Diagnosed or Observed?
  • Low Self-Esteem or Poor Self-Image
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)
  • Depression - Diagnosed or Observed?
  • Attempted or Threats of Suicide (Ideation)
  • Drug Abuse or Addiction
  • Alcohol Abuse or Addiction
  • Smoking or other Tobacco Use
  • Sexually Active - Risky Behavior
  • Cutting - Self-Harm or Mutilation
  • Adoption Issues - Associated with RAD
  • Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)
  • Eating Disorder (Anorexia, Bulimia)
  • Learning Disabilities - Diagnosed?

InsightPros, the founders of this service, DO NOT recommend juvenile boot camps for the treatment of troubled teens. In fact, we are very skeptical of many residential treatment options, not the least of which are all variations of boot camps. Instead we suggest alternatives to juvenile boot camps such as focused and specialized therapeutic boarding schools or residential treatment centers. Even these programs, however, should be closely scrutinized. You should conduct extensive research, consult with a therapist, and employ an educational consultant before ever entrusting your child to a residential program and its staff. If you are looking for a residential program, contact us now. If you are looking for TEEN HELP we have resources you need.

What are juvenile boot camps? Juvenile boot camps are correctional programs for delinquent youth which maintain a military-style environment. These programs typically emphasize discipline and physical conditioning, and have been developed as a rigorous alternative to longer terms of confinement in juvenile correctional facilities. Many, but not all, of these programs are followed by a period of probation or some form of aftercare. Juvenile Boot Camps are generally restricted to non-violent or first-time offenders.

The idea of "shock incarceration" as a tough, low-cost alternative to more intensive programming brought about the establishment of Juvenile Boot Camps.

Are juvenile boot camps effective? Experts agree that a confrontational approach to juvenile issues is often inappropriate. Most correctional experts agree that a confrontational model, employing tactics of intimidation and humiliation, is counterproductive for most juveniles. The use of this kind of model has led to disturbing incidents of abuse. For teens with emotional, behavioral, or learning problems, degrading tactics may be particularly inappropriate and potentially damaging. The bullying style and aggressive interactions that characterize the juvenile boot camp environment fail to model the pro-social behavior and development of empathy that struggling teens really need to learn.

Positive changes demonstrated while in juvenile boot camps may not last when a student returns to his community. Many teens report that the program is helpful to them, and they feel more positive about their futures. It is unclear, however, whether these attitudes persist after students leave the juvenile boot camps, or whether they are related to actual changes in behavior once a youth returns to his community. Without significant therapeutic intervention while in the program, as well as specialized aftercare following release, juvenile boot camps have been consistently unsuccessful in "changing" troubled youth.

What are the alternatives to juvenile boot camps? Teens who need some form of treatment care require an individualized approach that takes their strengths and needs into account. Programs and policies should be family-centered, including the family in all decision making about a child, as well as culturally and developmentally appropriate. Research has shown that small, family-centered programs are more effective than juvenile boot camps for long-term change.

You have made the right choice in seeking help. The next step is to contact us. We have vast experience in the treatment care industry. We have worked in the industry. We have lived in the industry. We have seen what works ...... and what doesn't.

We will guide you. We will inform you. Take advantage of our knowledge and insight. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Again, we at InsightPros cannot overly emphasize our skepticism of any program that refers to itself as a "boot camp" of any sort. Moreover, should you be considering such a program we strongly suggest that you conduct extensive research into their track record, references, etc., in addition to obtaining the advice of a licensed therapist and/or an educational consultant BEFORE placing your child into a juvenile boot camp. We are not making negative statements about any individual program, and in fact suggest that you do your own research and decide for yourself what is best for your child AND your family. Consult with other experts who can help you come to the most logical and effective decision.


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