Therapeutic Boarding Schools in Vernal, Utah
Is your teenager spinning out of control? Looking for a therapeutic Christian boarding school for him or her near Vernal, Utah?
There is nothing worse than having your teen spinning out of control, and no worse feeling than the sadness parents experience in the process. It is hard to know what to do and how to react when your adolescent daily reaches new lows in disobedience, dishonesty, and disrespect, and chooses badly.
We know, because we went through it with our son. Raised in a Christian home and mostly home-schooled until high school, we suddenly found that we didn’t know him. He had changed seemingly overnight. His marks in school started falling and his interest in sports and old friends shifted to a new group of friends — the kind parents are wary of.
Unbeknownst to us, our son was already heavy into smoking pot, huffing, drinking alcohol and just about everything else his new peer group dared him to do. The downward spiral was dramatic — all the way down to fist-through- the-wallboard rages, running away for days at a time, and finally threatening suicide. After months in counseling, the therapist proclaimed that there was nothing more he could do. He recommended a local residential program and school where issues could be dealt with and the influence of his negative peer group could be broken.
Putting our son in a therapeutic boarding school was the hardest thing we’ve ever done as parents.
Not only would it mean selling everything and cashing in all of our savings and the boy’s college fund, but it would mean not seeing our boy for long periods of time. We wept for two days after dropping him off. But then, within a month, we learned our boy had been attacked on campus. Unfortunately, the school we put him in was also taking in some violent gang kids (they hadn’t informed us of that), and our son was soon their target, nearly killing him. After his recovery, we went on our own search for the right Christian boarding school where he could be safe and be treated for his issues – after all, he still needed help, and now he also needed therapy for the trauma of being attacked.
We learned from this traumatic experience that therapeutic programs can be quite different and need to be selected based on their strengths and avoided if they have serious weaknesses. It’s important to know what those are.
Some Christian boarding schools are good, and others are not so good. Some target one set of issues; others are experts on other issues. But talking to them, they want to fill their beds, so they’ll often present themselves as “experts in all areas” having to do with behavior. But that’s not always so. Some kids are just being rebellious, but others are really dealing with serious issues that may not be known to their parents. So choosing a “behavioral modification” program when a “therapeutic” program is needed can do more harm than good. It can also be a big waste of money.
No one was around to help us find the right school for our boy. We made a mistake to begin with, and that cost us dearly, but after some time of research we found a good program that was able to help our son. Today, our family and even our son are thankful for that program.
The boarding school we finally enrolled him in literally saved his life and got him off the downward spiral.
So, is your family experiencing the same storms of a teenager who is out of control? Are you walking on similar pins and needles around your teen? Does it sometimes seem like he or she has suddenly been taken over by aliens (well, not literally)?
Let us assist you in finding the best school near Vernal, Utah. We’ve made it our life goal to know all we can about every school, so we can help parents (without cost) find the best possible choice for their troubled teen. We want to help you avoid the same mistake we did.
Now, every day we hear from dozens of frustrated parents in towns like Vernal, Utah, who share how their once normal and happy child has become seriously out of control — just like our son was. They talk about how it has disrupted their family and how they fear for their child’s future and very life. “My child is no longer who she used to be,” is an often repeated cry from these parents.
If your child is out of control, he or she needs you to intervene. That’s why you’ve landed on this site, so allow us to be the resource you need to help you find just the right program near Vernal, Utah. The downward spiral your teen is on can have tremendous destructive potential with lifelong consequences, or even bring a young life to a quick end. Don’t wait. Act now based on what you know is true – your faith, your own beliefs, and what you know is best for your child.
Use our expertise to help you find a Christian boarding school closest to Vernal, Utah that will provide your teen with the help and mentoring he or she needs, and within your budget. We’ve visited most of these programs and we know the staff there. We know what they are good at, and what they are not so good at. We poll parents who have placed their teen in these programs, so we know how well they have done.
Avoid the temptation to put your child in a therapeutic boarding school nearby Vernal merely out of convenience (like we did). Rather, find the program that is most likely to help your child, wherever it may be located in the country. Give us the chance to tell you about a few of them. Fill in the inquiry form now to begin that process. There is NO CHARGE for this service.
|More about Vernal, Utah:Vernal, Uintah County’s largest city, is located in eastern Utah near the Colorado State Line, and 175 miles east of Salt Lake City. It is bordered on the north by the Uinta Mountains, one of the few mountains ranges in the world which lie in an east-west rather than the usual north to south direction. The Book Cliffs lie to the south, and Blue Mountain to the east, while Vernal itself lies in Ashley Valley, named in honor of William H. Ashley, an early fur trader who entered this area in 1825 by floating down the Green River in a bull boat made of animal hides.
Vernal, unlike the majority of Utah towns, was not settled initially by Mormon pioneers. Brigham Young sent a scouting party to Uinta Basin in 1861 and received word back the area was good for nothing but nomad purposes, hunting grounds for Indians and “to hold the world together.” That same year, President Abraham Lincoln set the area aside as the Uintah Indian Reservation. Captain Pardon Dodds was appointed Indian agent for this reservation.
The population was 9,089 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Uintah County and is about thirty miles west of the Colorado border.GR The city’s Vernal-Uintah County Airport has scheduled air service to Denver provided by Great Lakes Aviation. Service is subsidized by the Essential Air Service program. Vernal does not have air service to Salt Lake City, the capital of Utah.
Vernal is situated on a two lane highway, US Highway 40, and is the only city in the U.S. of its size that does not have a railway. A major economy of the town is derived from extracting natural resources throughout Uintah County including petroleum, natural gas, phosphate, and uintaite – more commonly known as Gilsonite. Tourism also plays a major role in Vernal’s economy due to the town’s roots in the Old West and being a large site of ancient dinosaur fossils. Vernal and the surrounding area are popular among outdoor enthusiasts as they are situated near plentiful spots for fishing, fly fishing, hunting, and other outdoor activities.
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