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Behavior Camps for Teen Girls

by Leigh Bennett

Nearly 20 percent of high school girls have engaged in binge-drinking at least once in their lifetime, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System. About 46 percent reported engaging in unprotected sex. Of the girls surveyed, 8 percent stated that they had participated in a physical fight on school grounds. In addition to these struggles, many teen girls struggle with low self-esteem, eating disorders, depression and anxiety. Parents of teens engaging in these behaviors might feel powerless, but some programs claim they can help.

New Haven Residential Treatment Center

New Haven is a residential treatment facility and boarding school for teen girls ages 12 to 18 in Spanish Fork, Utah. New Haven incorporates family therapy into its program. According to its website, the key to promoting better behavior is to foster healthy and positive relationships. In addition to working with the family, staff members at New Haven address nutrition, academics, physical health, and mental and emotional well-being. Girls receive individual, group and family therapy. They are able to participate in meal planning and preparation and are educated on proper nutrition. They are encouraged to participate in daily exercise and activities. Academic plans are tailored to the individual.

Trinity Teen Solutions

Trinity Teen Solutions is a Christian-based residential treatment facility and Catholic boarding school for teen girls in Powell, Wyoming. Trinity gives girls a place to stay on a 4,000-acre working ranch in the Beartooth Mountains. Like New Haven, they also offer family therapy so parents and teens can work together during treatment. Treatment programs are tailored for the person but can include individual and group therapy, experiential therapy, and animal and wilderness therapy.

Sunrise Residential Treatment Center

Sunrise is a residential facility in Hurricane, Utah, that aims to help troubled teen girls who are struggling with depression, anxiety, substance abuse, eating disorders, sexual promiscuity and other emotional problems. Girls participate in individual, group and family therapy. They volunteer and perform community service in the community. Therapeutic, residential and academic staff all work together to ensure that each teen is receiving balanced treatment. As the girls progress in their treatment, they are given privileges such as shopping or movie trips so that they can apply what they have learned in treatment in a real-world environment.

Wellspring

Wellspring's Adolescent Girls Residential Treatment program in Bethlehem, Connecticut, is designed to treat troubled girls ages 12 to 17 who might be suffering from relationship problems, mood disorders, eating disorders or substance abuse. The program uses a combination of therapy including individual and family therapy, farm and animal therapy, group therapy, art therapy, expressive therapy and recreational therapy. Treatment and discharge plans are individualized to meet each girl's needs. Girls will also receive a college preparatory education at The Arch Bridge School.

About the Author

Leigh Bennett is a youth services librarian in Southeast Louisiana. In addition to managing the library's young adult and teen book collections, she develops and plans educational and recreational library programming for children, teens and adults. She has been writing for online publications for more than 5 years.

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