Electronic Devices Can Leave Teens Socially Withdrawn

Teen Relationships Affected by Screen Time

A teen’s ability to attach to their parents and friends may be affected by the amount of time they spend in front of a screen. A new study examining the relationship between screen time (television, video, DVDs, gaming or computer use) and parental attachment found the risk of having low attachment to parents increased by…

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Venture Academy

Help for troubled teens in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Ottawa. We provide behaviour treatment for youth struggling with anxiety, depression, making poor choices, ADHD, problems with peers and school. Our program is Canada’s longest running most successful direct access treatment program for troubled teens in Canada. Read Additional Articles Family meals provide calm during stormy teen…

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The Argument Against Teen Boot Camp

Top 5 Reasons to Say “Yes” to Help for Troubled Teens Canada and “No” to Boot Camp for Teens in Canada

1. Venture Academy for troubled teens provides intensive, ongoing clinical therapy focused on providing long-lasting results and permanent behavioural changes. We are not a boot camp for teens in Canada offering parents a quick – but temporary – fix. 2. At boot camp for teens, troubled teens live in a group-style living environment surrounding by teens with…

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Help for Troubled Teens Just a Phone Call Away

A frantic parent picks up the phone to call the toll free number she’s had written in her daybook for weeks. She dials, hangs up, and then takes a deep breath as she tentatively dials again. “I’m at my wit’s end,” she tells the kindly voice at the other end of the phone. “My teen…

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Venture Academy: Helping Teens Achieve Bright Futures

Future Looks Bright For Troubled Teen

Ashlan is leaving Venture Academy for troubled teens with a future that looks brighter than the bleak one she was heading towards. Today, just a few months from graduating high school, she is a sober 17-year-old who is excited about reconnecting with her family, finishing high school, and studying nursing in Montreal. “Before I came here I…

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Challenging the Challenged: Teen ADHD

Are you one of those teens bursting with ideas but challenged when it comes to sitting still or waiting your turn? If the answer is yes, then you could be are one of thousands of teenagers struggling with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder); a neurobehavioral disorder than affects teens and adults alike. The good news…

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The Consequences of Teen Drinking

Teen Drinking Never Safe

Teen Drinking Never Safe By Anne-Rachelle McHugh Guest Blogger Thinking about hosting a “safe” teen party where booze will be served? Think again. Adults who condone teen drinking or turn a blind eye to it risk being judged by society and by a legal system that comes down hard on adults who facilitate underage drinking.…

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When a Teens' Needs Go Beyond Parent Help

Troubled Teens Need Help Parents Can’t Provide

In the late 90s, parents shocked by the Columbine High School shootings held their kids tight and asked themselves what they could do to protect their children from “monsters” with guns.

The question they should have been asking was “How do I keep my kid from becoming the troubled teen holding the gun?”

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Residential Treatment Programs for Troubled Teens

Treating Troubled Teens: When Holding Back Means Sending Your Teen to Residential Treatment

Troubled teens unsuccessful in traditional counseling environments are finding success in long-term treatment programs that provide parents with powerful alternative to boot camps for girls and boot camps for boys. A study conducted by the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs found teens with serious emotional and behavioural issues including ADHD, depression, and oppositional defiant…

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Teen Sexting

Sexting Teens Put Their Futures At Risk

Love may not last forever, but dirty photos sent between cell phones do. That message is one educators are trying to get across to teens naively texting one another revealing photos that could haunt them for the rest of their lives. Bill Alberts, from the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancies, says it’s…

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Are Schools Enforcing Too Much Discipline?

Schools Overzealous In Use of Discipline to Treat Troubled Teens

Schools using discipline to deal with troubled teens are missing the opportunity to understand problem behaviour that must be identified before it can be fixed. Psychologist Ross Greene says schools focus on disciplining teens when what they should do is identify lagging skills that keep troubled teens from behaving in the first place. “We’re losing…

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The Side Effects of Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying Teens Harass the Helpless

More and more kids are being bullied in their own homes under their parent’s very noses. It’s called cyberbullying and it’s a troublesome trend involving the use of cell phones, Facebook, and other social networking sites that allow teens to connect and bully others. Behaviour specialist Patti Reiner says conflicts that may begin with a…

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Photo Gallery: Young Teen Hard at Work at the Schoolhouse

Education Key to Preventing Teen Inhalant Abuse

Parents vigilant about educating their child about drugs and alcohol could inadvertently be supplying “drugs” powerful enough to kill the first time they are used. Surveys conducted in the US and Canada reveal that huffing (or inhalant use) is becoming one of the most widespread problems in North America and may be as popular as…

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Teen Boot Camps Are Becoming a Thing of the Past

Teen Boot Camps Soon to be Extinct

Teen boot camps are heading towards extinction after what has been described as a treatment experiment gone wrong. Corrections expert Dr. Edward Latessa has studied the issue extensively and says most boot camp operators have either gone out of business or modified their programs to emphasize treatment and rehabilitation. Latessa, a juvenile justice expert at…

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Boot Camps for Teens

Boot Camps for Teens – Are They Right for Your Teen?

Considering boot camp for your out-of-control teen? Thousands of parents just like you are searching the Internet this very minute looking for answers to questions they never thought they’d have to ask. Questions like: Where did I go wrong? Why is my teen acting out? Will boot camps for teens or residential treatment programs be…

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Family Meals Provide Calm During Stormy Teen Years

Parents who think they can pinpoint when their teen’s life went off the rails are often surprised to learn how wrong they are. Venture Academy therapist and clinical director Connie Buckle says parents will often point to a teen’s drug use or criminal behaviour as the problem when in fact it is merely a symptom…

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Legal But Lethal – Cough Medicine Abuse in Teens

Teen Cough Medicine Abuse An ingredient found in many cough and cold remedies is finding its way into the hands of teens intent on using it to get what is described as a cheap dissociative high. Dextromethorphan (DXM) – a synthetic ingredient found in more than 125 products including Vicks Nyquil LiquiCaps and Dimetapp DM…

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Sleep Takes Backseat to Teen Media Use, Study Finds

Tweens and teens may be spending more time interacting with entertainment media than they do sleeping, a new study released by the Kaiser Family Foundation has found. The report, Generation M2: Media in the Lives of 8 to 18-year-olds, found youth 8 to 18-years-old spend an average of 7 hours and 38 minutes a day…

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Spying on Your Teen in the Text Generation

Technology that has driven a wedge between parent and teen has at the same time provided parents with tools they can use to keep tabs on their troubled teens. Today’s parent, whether worried about their teen’s well being or just plain nosy, can use software to track their child’s every move, keystroke, and Facebook post.…

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