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Making Sense Out of Teen Depression

As parents, we may sometimes feel that teens are overdramatic. Because they’re going through various physical and mental changes, it’s normal for them to overreact at times, particularly with emotions like sadness. However, when does sadness cross over into teen depression? More importantly, for teens struggling with depression, how can parents best support them? What…

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…

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…

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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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…

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…