Narcissistic Personality Disorder
Finding a Safe Harbor for Your Son with Narcissistic Personality Disorder
We can help your boy who is afflicted with Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD), a learned behavior disorder in which he is excessively self-absorbed and preoccupied, and showing tremendous vanity. As a Narcissist, he believes himself to be particularly “special” and unique, and may be self-centered and condescending toward others, acting as if no one else is quite up to his level.
Diagnosis for Narcissism (also called NPD)) includes many of these symptoms: utter lack of empathy, a grandiose sense of self importance, takes advantage of others and yet, has an unjustifiable expectation of especially favorable treatment, requires disproportionately high regard, is immersed in fantasies of ideal love, or immeasurable success or power.
Safe Harbor…Throwing a Lifeline for Your Son with Narcissistic Personality Disorder
Left untreated, complications may go beyond problems at school and with relationships, to include depression, substance abuse, and even suicidal thoughts.
Schema therapy (a combination of elements from cognitive, behavioral and gestalt therapy along with object relations’ treatment) is one of the more effective treatments. A main purpose of this therapy would be to diminish your son’s contention that others see him as he wishes to be seen, and adapt instead to reality.
In serious cases, he can be controlling and self-absorbed, even intolerant and judgmental of the therapist’s thoughts.
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.