Behavioral Modification Programs For Troubled Teen Boys

When parents reach a point where they feel powerless to change their son’s troubling behavior, it may be time to reach out to a behavior modification program. Liahona Academy is a top behavioral modification school which serves troubled boys and their families. Our admissions counselors are here to coach, guide, and support you in finding the perfect behavior modification program for your troubled boy. For immediate enrollment please call 800-675-8101.

What Is A Behavior Modification School

The term behavioral modification conjures up many different notions, such as "reform school", boot camp, or jail for juvenile delinquents. These certainly are types of behavior modification programs, but they do not have a great track record of success. These programs are highly dependent on physical exertion, isolation, and punishments to modify the behavior of troubled teens. In fact, any forms of older behavior modification programs have been outlawed due to the harsh methods employed.

Instead of following the pattern of the above programs, therapeutic programs and residential clinical therapeutic schools are now available for troubled teens. These therapeutic schools incorporate behavioral modification into the school. Liahona Academy is a great example of therapeutic schools and combines several techniques to help change negative behaviors.

Therapeutic treatment - When it comes to troubled teen boys, it is nearly impossible to help them change their behaviors without therapeutic intervention, which is why the older methods of behavior modification were unsuccessful in creating permanent change. We utilize several types of therapy such as group, family, and individual as well as different therapeutic modalities. By working from several angles, we can help our residents reshape their behaviors by helping them understand why they are behaving poorly.

Academic improvement - Poor academics can have a far-reaching effect on a teenager’s future. Earning bad grades are also one of the first signs that your son has a problem. Because of this, many troubled boys have fallen behind their peers academically, which can cause them to act out even more. We understand that academic improvement can help these troubled teens gain a more positive outlook on their future, so we employ 8 licensed teachers and 4 tutors. Using your son’s past transcript, we help him recover credit in classes he previously had bad grades in and help him catch up to his peers and receive a high school diploma.

Mindful exercising - The only thing Liahona shares in common with old behavior modification programs is the employment of exercise for the troubled boys in our care. Young men have high energy reserves and need opportunities to expend their energy in appropriate ways. So, instead of using exercise as a hammer to force change, we approach exercise more mindfully, understanding that there is a healthy balance to be struck between body, mind, and spirit.

Spiritual development - With therapy and academics helping the troubled boys minds and exercise to help balance their bodies, we do not neglect the spirit at Liahona Academy. We are established as a non-denominational residential treatment center and do not push any particular religion on our residents as we encourage them to develop spiritual insight. We have certified non-denominational pastors which visit our facility weekly, and we will respect the religious direction of the parents, should you have a preference.

Complete immersion - We board troubled teens at our facility, allowing them a greater opportunity for behavioral modification while attending our therapeutic program. Many parents have seen that it can be nearly impossible for their struggling sons to effect permanent behavior changes while still in the environment which lead to the poor behavior. With your son at Liahona, he can begin to change in a safe place where his growth will be encouraged and supported by all of our staff.

Best Behavioral Modification Programs For Troubled Boys

When you are looking for a behavioral modification program for your troubled teenage son, there are many options out there for your consideration. From schools for troubled boys, mental health residential treatment centers for troubled teens, to boot camps, there is a wide variety to choose from. Some of the behavioral modification programs have aspects of the older programs and lack a strong therapeutic program element, so you will want to research them carefully before selecting a program for your troubled boy.

  • Residential treatment centers - For the best, intensive therapeutic treatment for troubled teens, you should look into residential treatment centers, sometimes referred to as therapeutic boarding schools. Liahona Academy is licensed as a residential treatment program, so a quality center should follow the above outline of our behavior modification school.
  • Therapeutic programs - There are a number of therapeutic programs, both for at-home troubled youth and ones which board troubled teens. Sometimes people refer to residential treatment centers as therapeutic programs but it is not precisely the correct title. However, unlike a residential treatment program, these programs can vary widely in quality. Be sure to perform extensive research before enrolling your son in one of these programs to make sure they can address the behavior modification you want for your son.
  • Drug and alcohol rehabs - When it comes to troubled teens, we don’t often recommend rehabs for behavior modification. The main mission of most rehabilitation clinics is to address the addiction and hopefully the underlying reasons. However, once your troubled son has cycled through the rehab program and been declared clean, he will likely be released. In most cases, this also means his therapeutic treatment will terminate with the end of his rehab program.
  • Wilderness programs - Also referred to experiential therapy, wilderness programs take troubled teens out into the wilderness so they can work on life basics. We utilize experiential therapy as part of Liahona Academy’s therapeutic treatment. However, wilderness programs are limited in scope as they do not usually include a formal therapeutic element. Also, if your son has any physical limitations, it can be difficult for these kinds of behavioral modification programs to accommodate your son’s needs.
  • Military schools - Contrary to what Hollywood promotes, military schools are generally not a place for your troubled teen boy. Very few accept troubled teens as they are looking for young men who want future military careers. Many will not accept troubled boys who need behavioral modification as this would be disruptive to the rest of their students.
  • Boot camps - Juvenile boot camps are the last remaining type of troubled teen behavioral modification which is still very similar to the old school ways of behavioral modification. These types of troubled teen programs generally have no therapeutic element aside from experiential therapy. The lack of therapy to help a troubled boy reflect means it is unlikely that any behavioral modification will take place long-term.

Liahona Academy is usually full as we structure our residential treatment center to run as a family-style community which greatly supports our troubled teen residents. Due to our success with behavioral modification, there is a waiting list of prospective students. Our troubled teen residents have come from all over the United States as well as Canada and Mexico. Below is a complete list of the places our past and present residents have come from:

Alabama (AL), Wyoming (WY), Arkansas (AR), Wisconsin (WI), Alaska (AK), Arizona (AZ), West Virginia (WV), California CA), Washington (WA), Colorado (CO), Virginia (VA), Delaware (DE), Vermont (VT), District of Columbia (DC), Utah (UT), Florida (FL), Texas (TX), Georgia (GA), Tennessee (TN), Hawaii (HI), Idaho (ID), South Dakota (SD),Illinois (IL), South Carolina (SC), Indiana (IN), Pennsylvania (PA), Iowa (IA), Kansas (KS), Kentucky (KY), Louisiana (LA), Maine (ME), Montana (MT), Maryland (MD), Massachusetts (MA), Michigan (MI), Missouri (MO), Minnesota (MN), Mississippi (MS), Canada, Nebraska (NE), Nevada (NA), New Hampshire (NH), New Jersey (NJ), New Mexico, (NM) New York (NY), North Carolina (NC), Ohio (OH), Oklahoma (OK), Oregon (OR), Mexico, Rhode Island (RI), Cayman Islands
We understand that many parents need to make a decision and place their son now, and they don't have the luxury of waiting until a spot opens at our residential treatment center. Therefore, we have connections to many different schools and therapeutic programs located all over the United States. We can help you find a placement if Liahona Academy is not the right fit for you. Call our admissions counselors at 800-675-8101 and let us help you and your troubled son.