Finding Effective Programs: Florida Based Therapeutic Boarding Schools and Behaviorally Based Day Schools

Successful treatment starts with choosing the best residential treatment center, wilderness therapy, or therapeutic boarding school based on your child’s individualized needs. Each type of program has their own specific focus.

For example, the ideal treatment process for an oppositional 15-year-old male with ADHD might be much different than the best treatment process for a 15-year-old female with the same diagnosis. Research has shown that boys and girls exhibit symptoms of ADHD very differently, and that girls tend to have more social problems, low self-esteem, and depression as a result (inwardly focused), while boys tend to be more hyperactive and disruptive (outwardly focused).  This means that although the age and diagnostic category is the same, the best treatment approach is much different for these two individuals.

Best practice mandates that parents need to consider treatment at least 10 factors to make an informed decision.  Another layer of complexity is that often the best path forward is starting with a more intensive facility like wilderness therapy then moving to a less restrictive, less intensive environment such as a therapeutic boarding school.

Your child’s successful treatment experience is Dr. Bishop’s top priority.

Finding the right program for your child can be daunting.  Dr. Bishop’s expertise and years of experience touring programs and understanding successful treatment processes for behaviorally and emotional troubled teens can be invaluable to families with questions about the overall process.  Dr. Bishop also keeps up with the latest research on outcomes for residential treatment and knows what components to look for when matching families to the right program.

Comprehensive Placement Services- Wilderness to Therapeutic Boarding School Step Down

While consultation services are available for initial program recommendations only, Dr. Bishop also offers comprehensive placement services.  For comprehensive services progress is monitored weekly with the child’s therapist and recommendations are made if the child is not successful.  Ongoing contact is made with family to ensure the child is receiving the best – and most clinically appropriate – care possible.

During the initial interview, you can expect to discuss:

  • The student’s social, emotional, behavioral, and academic needs.
  • The student’s background, history of the problem, presenting issues, and how the family is affected.
  • The family’s preferences- geographic and financial limitations; religious, cultural, medical, dietary, or other needs.
  • A general overview of the treatment landscape. Dr. Bishop will spend ample time educating the family on different types of programs available. Topics can include:

– Why are so many programs in certain states, and hardly any in others?

– How will I get my child to this program if they refuse to get in the car?

– What are the results I can expect?

– All of these programs claim to be accredited, but the types of accreditations are often different. What are the legitimate accrediting bodies? What is the difference between clinical and academic accreditation?

– Will my child continue school and will their credits transfer? (differs by program)

  • Secondary placement options including step-down programs such as therapeutic boarding schools after a more intensive program, or emotional growth boarding schools focused on character development with comprehensive student support services.
  • Education on specific types of treatment:

– What are the benefits of wilderness therapy and when is this type of treatment clinically relevant?

– What is equine therapy and how does it work?

– What is CBT / DBT? How does family therapy work when I don’t live nearby?

– Why is residential treatment often much more effective for specific diagnoses like oppositional defiant disorder, reactive attachment disorder, and so on?

– What is the difference between family systems approach, insight oriented or skill building focus? How do I know which one is right for my child?

  • Does my child need a psychological assessment first?
  • Will my child hate me for sending me to treatment? Does treatment ever make things worse? How do I know they won’t pick up worse behaviors or habits from other participants?
  • Insider information on programs not commonly advertised. Overall facilities, quality of therapeutic staff, groups offered, whether the psychiatrist is a full-time employee or a contractor, and so on.

The decision to place your child into residential treatment is one of the most difficult decisions you will make in your lifetime. Hiring a professional for a second opinion can help ease this burden and ensure your child gets the best treatment available – and that you get the results you want.

Please contact Dr. Bishop today to get started.