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At Risk Youth


The behavior of at-risk youth with alcohol or drug use, sexual promiscuity and other dangerous activities, can be a symptom of much deeper issues. Adolescent behavioral problems of at-risk youth are often warning signs that parents need to take prompt action.

At Three Springs, the goal of therapy is to help teens discover long-lasting solutions to the larger issues that trouble them - solutions that don't involve endangering themselves or those around them.

This is not a simple goal and, like treating other complex child behavior problems, will take time. Treatment depends in part on the severity of your child's behavior and his or her response to therapy.

The first step is determining when it's time to get treatment, and what treatment will be most effective for your child's individual problems.

The Three Springs Approach to Treating Adolescent Behavioral Problems

Three Springs has developed a variety of residential adolescent behavioral treatment programs that are tailored to the intensity and type of behavior acted out by at risk youth. These programs work to overcome the negative feelings and unconstructive actions of teenagers who engage in risky behaviors that are harmful to themselves and your family.

Our comprehensive, three-pronged treatment approach addresses a teen's mind, body and spirit:

  • The mind is sharpened by emphasizing goal setting, positive thought and challenging academics
  • The body is restored through positive feelings of accomplishment and the challenges of physical activity
  • The spirit is rejuvenated to inspire trust and create a sense of community among the children

We also use a group process model that focuses on positive peer culture, respect, understanding and taking responsibility for your actions.

Family Involvement is Key To Treating At Risk Youth

As parents, your cooperation and commitment are critical to achieve long-lasting results in your teen. We encourage and support your involvement in your child's therapeutic program by:

  • Holding frequent family conferences/sessions
  • Providing you with telephone and letter progress updates
  • Encouraging periodic overnight stays on campus with your child
  • Planning and evaluating family visits (on- and off-campus)
  • Holding open houses and other types of family-oriented activities
  • Providing monthly parent support and education sessions