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OUR THERAPEUTIC APPROACH

Each and every teenager is a complex and unique individual with a unique set of struggles and challenges. However there are a number of struggles that teens face that may have similar characteristics. This is where a label such as “troubled youth” may become effective. It should not be used as a way to put them in a box, but rather to diagnose their behavior as somehow negatively different from the norm, therefore prompting parents and family members to seek help.

The dictionary defines the word “troubled” as meaning: “exhibiting emotional or behavioral problems.” Obviously this is a broad definition, meaning that the term “troubled youth” also has a broad range of meanings. But here are some things to look for that may signify that troubled youth have crossed over from what are “normal” emotional or behavioral issues for teens to something more serious.

Caribbean Mountain Academy provides licensed mental health counseling for teenagers, in an intense 24/7 setting, far from the distractions and cares of the teenager’s home in America. Our program model is shaped around the counseling theory for change known as the Stages of Accomplishment. We help our residents progress through a natural change process for the specific struggles that were preventing them from living in their home successfully. We are also educating and helping parents prepare for the teenager’s eventual return home.

In order to have an objective measure for therapeutic progress, we do track the student’s progress and have a tiered system that shows the student and parents where the student is at within the stages of change. We utilize various evidence-based practices in our counseling sessions and our therapists are all trained in areas such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), trauma-focused CBT, and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT). The counselors at Caribbean Mountain Academy all have Master’s degrees in counseling or social work and are supervised by a licensed therapist.

Some evidence-based treatments our therapists use, include but are not limited to:

• Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
• Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
• Family Focused Therapy (FFT)
• Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
• Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)
• Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT)
• Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
• The Gottman Method of Relationship Therapy
• Play Therapy and Experiential Techniques

  • We offer an opportunity to address deeper struggles.We are equipped with qualified counselors that help students get to the heart of what they’re wrestling with. As a teen’s deeper struggles are addressed, outward change begins to show.
  • We offer a faith-based approach. For teens who are needing to grow in their faith, there are often numerous opportunities to learn and participate in faith based activities. We offer weekly church services, youth group, and daily devotion times, all of which are optional to our students.
  • Ours is a holistic approach to counseling. Teenagers in  our care are involved in individual and group counseling. Many also have weekly family counseling (online) to encourage building lasting support structures for the teens when they come home.
  • Service projects in a 3rd world country help encourage empathy and care. Our students have a unique opportunity to learn empathy and the value of caring for others that cannot be duplicated in America. Another aspect of this service element is that they have been shown to reduce depression and increase self-confidence.

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We can also help you in your search for other Christian boarding schools, reform schools, boys homes or Christian boarding schools, please let us know. We deal with defiance, depression, post traumatic stress, abuse, and general anxiety. If you have an out of control girl or boy, please think about Caribbean Mountain Academy, a school for troubled teens that offers counseling for troubled teens and out of control teens. If you are searching for residential treatment centers, troubled youth homes, troubled teen schools or troubled teen boarding schools, you have found one.

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