If you hired a consultant they will walk you through this process step-by-step, otherwise you will do this yourself. The student is tested by an independent testing company to determine need. Then those needs are put up against dozens of options for placement. Most students begin with a wilderness program. They range from easy wilderness to hard-core roughing it, depending on how strong the need is. This is an intensive program that is designed to help “soften” the student and help them realize that the therapeutic need is real and all the problems they are experiencing are needing their focus and attention. Many students experience a significant therapeutic boost and feel they are “cured” after wilderness. Unfortunately this is a temporary fix if not followed up by a residential therapeutic center. Most centers have an average stay of 8-18 months depending on severity of the student’s needs. The goal at most residential centers is to give a tool set that helps the students with a longer term success rate. This varies depending on the student and their buy-in to the program. The key program differences are these: Clinical strength, type of student they treat, quality of staff, core goals and purpose for program.
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These individual’s sole-focus is to help parents find the correct path for students. Only a few Educational Consultants work with therapeutic options. This is an important distinction because most work with prep schools, military schools and premier colleges.
If you are needing a therapeutic solution then hire a consultant who is an expert in Residential Treatment. Consultants are paid, in the long run it generally is the least expensive route and a lot less stressful on parents. Help finding an Independent Consultant.
Students are typically done after residential if they are willing to work hard and family is engage in supporting the ongoing effort and learning. Aftercare support (meaning “after” residential treatment) is an important part to a students long-term success and several premium programs offer this to help students success rates soar.