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Kids abused in treatment centers speak out on nationwide radio show, Thurs, Jan 19, 7-10pm ET

From Mark Levine on facebook:

OK, it’s set. My next show on survivors of institutional abuse will be Thursday, January 19th from 7-10 pm ET (6-9 pm CT, 5-8 pm MT, 4-7 pm PT). All are welcome to call in, but survivors of CURRENTLY EXISTING programs will be given preference. That is not to diminish the suffering of those under programs that have been shut down, but I feel like we should, in a fire, focus on the immediacy of victims who are burning before addressing the real and important needs of those who have been burnt but who aren’t in immediate danger. Please spread the word.


You can listen live on MarkLevineTalk.com, and it will be permanently housed here: http://marklevine.tv/torture-in-america-kids-abused-in-treatment-centers-speak-out. If you have troubled listening on Mark’s site, try http://www.lesliemarshallshow.com/stream-live/.

Call in #’s:

888-488-MARK (6275)

or

888-6LESLIE (653-7543)

They will also be posted on his website at the time of the show.

Please spread the word.


Mark is a fantastic host, he has been incredibly kind and supportive. If you missed his past shows, here they are:

What’s Worse than Teen-Age Drug Abuse? Drug Programs Abusing Teenagers

September 15, 2011 (Part One)

http://marklevinetv.com/?p=9046

Abuse of Teenagers in Drug Programs

September 16, 2011 (Part Two)

http://marklevine.tv/tba-i-host-leslie-marshall-show

This Bush Crony Has Blood on His Hands!

November 10, 2005 (Part One)

http://radioinsidescoop.com/?p=481

The Bush Crony Who Tortured American Teens

November 13, 2005 (Part Two)

http://radioinsidescoop.com/?p=482

Brainwashing parents: “Expect your teen to be mad at you, and tell you how awful it is, how the staff mistreats them, their roommates are ax murderers and if you really wanted to help them you would bring them home. Expect the manipulating and guilt tripping…”

"…If they begin to rant on you, it has been advised to do what they call “shut the door”. Let them know you are behind the program, and if they continue talking in this way you will have to hang up the phone. (assuming it is a phone conversation) Save this rant for family therapy."

This makes me so mad, they are pretty much telling parents not to believe their own children. It’s from this troubled teen blog, I bit.ly’d the web address so as not to promote the site. Why “save this rant” for family therapy? So the therapist can continue the brainwashing on both the child and parent?

The whole thing reads to like it’s indoctrinating parents into the abuse, like explaining they may not have contact with their kid for four weeks, or this doozy: “While your child is in treatment, it will never feel right.”

I know it’s the same old program drivel, but….ugh.

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Here is the full text from the post so no one has to give them traffic:

First Weeks Teen Residential Treatment or Therapeutic Boarding School

June 11, 2008 · 1 comment

in Adolescent Residential Treatment Centers

  

 First, Adolescent Residential Treatment is not a Mental Hospital or Correctional Institution. They are dealing with teens that may be experiencing emotional and/or behavioral difficulties and because of these difficulties are not able to function what is commonly thought of as normal teenage behavior. They may be harming themselves or others but are NOT criminals or have significant mental problems. This is not Teen Boot Camp. So that you know they cannot take the teenager out of your son or daughter

Once you have made the decision your child would benefit from this sort of program, what happens once they leave home or arrive? Since I am not the teen I really don’t know but I can give you my version as a parent.

  1. If you did not personally take your child to the facility or had an escort service they call you to let you know your teen has arrived.
  2. You teen is assigned a unit (can be 8 – 12 kids) and a therapist. The therapist assignment can be the most important aspect of the program.  From my experience, the therapist can make or break the experience for your family and the teen. Sometimes whoever helped with placement knows the therapists and will make a recommendation on behalf of teen and the issues.
  3. Next is letting go – This can be the most difficult part of the program for parents, trusting the program and your decision. Like most parents before treatment, your life is chaotic with your teen at home and trying to manage the situation. Now, this responsibility has been delegated and letting go can be harder than you think.
  4. Most programs do not allow you to have any contact with your teen until they have settled (a bit) into the program and the routine. This can be a minimum of two weeks or take as long as four weeks, it really is up to your teen.  All programs have levels and on arrival it is some form of an introductory level. They can go in any direction from the introductory level (don’t be surprised if it is down).
  5. Now your teen has settled in a bit (notice I say a bit). Most facilities will then set up a time for weekly phone calls. Usually it is about 20 minutes a week, it could be one 20 minute call a week or two 10 minute calls a week. Depending on the facility these calls can be monitored for appropriate behavior by your teen. Our first call may have been with the therapist and our teen.
  6. Expect your teen to be mad at you,  and tell you how awful it is, how the staff mistreats them, their roommates are ax murderers and if you really wanted to help them you would bring them home. Expect the manipulating and guilt tripping. If they begin to rant on you, it has been advised to do what they call “shut the door”.  Let them know you are behind the program, and if they continue talking in this way you will have to hang up the phone. (assuming it is a phone conversation) Save this rant for family therapy.
  7. By now the therapist should have introduced themselves and evaluated your teen (along with the many other professionals). A family therapy time will be set up. This is usually a conference call with the parents, therapist, your teen and can be either weekly or bi-weekly.
  8. This list is simplified, but something to take note; A facility does not have to keep your teen, once they are placed. So don’t think just because they got accepted it is a done deal. I have been in a situation where they made us move our teen. Sometimes that can be tougher than placing them for the first time. Some facilities have what they call a parent coordinator; for first time or new families this role can be very comforting. The therapists are busy people and cannot always deal with parent questions and concerns. Lastly, letting go can really make the difference between your relationship with the facility and your teens recovery.
  9. While your child is in treatment, it will never feel right.  Expect to have bad days and worse days, but when you see your son or daughter making positive changes the rewards can be great.
  10. I can’t just have 9 points, so believe in your decision and take care of yourself while they are away,  they won’t be there forever and one day they will come home.)

{ 1 comment… read it below or add one }

1 Dee November 9, 2009 at 10:57 am

How do I handle friends and relatives that are not supportive of our decision to place our son in a RTC? One relative in particular ignores my phone calls and refused to talk to me. How to I respond to this without sounding defensive or starting “war”? Thanks!

(Sources: http://www.reddit.com/r/troubledteens/comments/m0sxv/brainwashing_parents_expect_your_teen_to_be_mad/, http://bit.ly/s9d0va)

When you see a facility claiming to help ‘troubled teens’ you should read that as saying ‘we sell snake oil.’ Here’s why…

Honest therapists would not use the term ‘troubled teen.’ They understand that the situation is far more complex.

Honest therapists acknowledge that it is not the teen that is troubled, but the family system that has difficulty. The parents are as big a part of the problem as the teen, if not bigger. It is more accurately a ‘troubled parent’ problem, not a ‘troubled teen.’ You cannot fix the teen without fixing the parent. In most cases, if you fix the parent, you find that the teen was never broken.

Honest therapists will also acknowledge that most behavioral problems will resolve on their own as the child grows up. The family learns how to alter its relationships as children go through the difficult phase of becoming adults. That transition is often tumultuous.

The ‘troubled teen’ industry knows that the ‘therapy’ they claim to provide is snake oil. The real medicine is time. Most kids will get better without them. But, they also realize that they can make $30,000 to $120,000 or more from warehousing a child while they grow up. And, after time has worked its magic, can take credit for the child’s change in behavior.

Honest therapists recognize that warehousing teens with behavioral problems removes them from the population of kids going through their maturation phase in a normal manner and concentrates them in a cohort of kids who exhibit significant behavioral problems. And, for almost all of those kids, they are confined in very close proximity to kids who have more severe behavioral problems for long periods of time.

The kids are around each other and interact with each other far more than they are with therapists or even staff. The kids learn more from each other than they do from therapists. Unfortunately, when you put kids in a ‘troubled teen’ environment, the things they are learning often are not positive.

When you see a facility claiming to help ‘troubled teens’ you should read that as saying ‘we sell snake oil.’

[from: http://www.reddit.com/r/troubledteens/comments/gc8z0/welcome_to_rtroubledteens_now_what/c1mio0n]