Avoidant Personality Disorder
Finding a Safe Harbor for Your Son with Avoidant Personality Disorder
We can help your child in his struggle with Avoidant Personality Disorder, in which he experiences long-standing feelings of inadequacy and undue sensitivity to what others think about him. This might lead to his being socially reserved, wary of activities in which he’d be interacting with others, being particularly fearful of being the subject of scorn.
Is he socially inept, suffering from seriously low self-worth and heightened self-consciousness, sure that his peer group finds him uninteresting and unappealing? If so, your boy may well be suffering from Avoidant Personality Disorder.
Safe Harbor…Throwing a Lifeline for Your Son with Avoidant Personality Disorder
It’s imperative to find the right diagnosis and method of treatments that will allow him to flourish if he is not succeeding in a traditional school setting. Our especially small student base and truly unique learning program might be just the thing to ensure his growth and success.
While commonly diagnosed, there is not unanimously agreed-upon effective treatment. Cognitive behavioral therapy and group therapy are often used, and social skills guidance might be, as well.
We know that you don’t want your son’s life controlled by Avoidant Personality Disorder; our key to success will be to successfully confront his (negative) beliefs about himself!
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.