Finding a Safe Harbor for Your Son with Conduct Disorder
We can help your teen if he’s struggling with Conduct Disorder, a condition of recurring and persistent violations of social norms and others’ rights. Does he bully animals or people? Exhibit verbal or physical antagonism, destructive behavior, dishonesty, truancy, and destruction of property or thievery? The term refers to the distinction between a boy’s “typical” acting out and major misbehavior.
Safe Harbor…Throwing a Lifeline for Your Son with Conduct Disorder
If he doesn’t get help, your child might find himself facing repercussions of misconduct and juvenile delinquency, possibly or even involving legal authorities. He might be found responsible for behavior that is beyond his control.
Treatment focuses primarily on shifting the patterns that support bad behavior. Unlike other disorders, Conduct Disorder therapy can involve the parents along with your son. There is no uniquely acceptable treatment for Conduct Disorder, but many programs include training parents in effectively disciplining and rewarding good behavior in an attempt to shatter the cycle of bad actions leading to more bad actions.
Conduct Disorder is thought to perhaps be a precursor to Antisocial Personality Disorder. Studies have indicated a preliminary link between different brain functions and lowered levels of compassion shown by those experiencing conduct disorders.
Safe Harbor… Helping Troubled Boys Become Men of Character and Integrity
This unique, waterfront-based Christian residential boarding school is a salvation for troubled boys. Our program is similar to a therapeutic boarding school, but uses maritime training as the therapeutic model for at-risk teenagers. Safe Harbor is a safe, stable, structured, unconventional choice that can be a much more effective option than reform schools, foster care programs, or lockup in the juvenile justice system. We allow them to learn responsibility and experience behavior modification through seamanship, mentoring, counseling and spiritual focus, while also studying for a high school diploma.
Licensed mental health professionals and pastoral counselors offer both individual and group counseling opportunities. Most boys entering the program have had outpatient counseling but this has not led to anticipated change.
Our academic philosophy, built on the belief that education is a lifelong process that occurs in every area of life, uses the unique and creative learning approach to teach our curriculum, benefiting students who have not found success in a traditional academic setting thus far.
We assist the boys in becoming responsible, mature and independent young men through spiritual, educational and vocational training, that centers on full responsibility for the upkeep for the very boat on which they will live. Real-life learning teaches them boat repair/maintenance, welding and carpentry; lifestyle competence will instruct them on everything from how to establish and maintain credit/bank accounts, apply for a job, to cooking and housekeeping skills. Our goal is to prepare them for entrance into and success in the workplace, equipping them with a sturdy work ethic and positive character traits, like self-esteem, integrity, reliability and maturity.
Their learned knowledge of the water and boat, respect for your equipment and the elements, self-reliance and perseverance, will later be applied to what will become their broader view of the world; they must be able to analyze for themselves and then act, and overcome the challenges that they (and we all) will face in life.