Consider a Wilderness Program
Therapeutic wilderness programs are a popular option for troubled teens. These programs, which may last anywhere from two to 12 weeks, combine therapeutic techniques with outdoor activities. Teens are expected to take responsibility for tasks like preparing their own meals and camp sites, but they also learn how to work as a team with the other people in their program. Researchers have presented differing reasons as to why nature is such an effective therapy locale; some theories include the idea that the wilderness can be a humbling place, allowing teens to experience vulnerability, or that the wilderness is free of distractions of the modern world [source: Russell et al.]. There are many wilderness programs available, so parents should do their homework to ensure that a program is reputable and appropriate for their teen.