Reactive Attachment Disorder
Finding a Safe Harbor for Your Son with Reactive Attachment Disorder
We can help your teenager if he struggles with Reactive Attachment Disorder (or RAD), a rare but serious condition in which he has been unable to form a healthy emotional attachment with mother (or primary caregiver). A baby’s physical and emotional requirements must be met in order to allow him to learn to bond; without that sufficient care (i.e.: because of transient foster homes or adoption), he may have great difficulty in establishing close bonds later in life.
There are two types of RAD (sometimes also known as Radical Attachment Disorder). With the first, he might be unbecomingly familiar or demonstrative with total strangers and with the other, emotionally detached, indifferent, reticent or introverted.
Safe Harbor…Throwing a Lifeline for Your Son with Reactive Attachment Disorder
A secure and sustaining environment (such as what you’ll find at Safe Harbor) is critical in order for your boy to now be able to establish healthy attachments. Family therapy may be vitally important in his treatment of Reactive Attachment Disorder, encouraging interaction between you and your teen. By teaching you specific (parenting) skills that can help heal his Disorder, he can avoid developing deeper social and behavioral issues later in life, and go on to enjoy healthy relationships with you and with others.
Safe Harbor… Helping Troubled Boys Become Men of Character and Integrity
This distinctive, aquatic, Christ-centered residential boarding school is a lifeline for misbehaving boys. Our program is similar to a therapeutic boarding school, but uses maritime training as the therapeutic model for helping turn around at-risk teenagers. Safe Harbor provides a safe, stable alternative to a harsher juvenile program for boys in minor trouble with the law or exhibiting bad behavior. Safe Harbor enables them to learn responsibility and experience behavior modification thru seamanship, mentoring, counseling and spiritual focus, while also attending our in-house school.
Most boys entering the program have had outpatient counseling but without positive results; at Safe Harbor, counseling is offered individually and in groups (led by licensed mental health professionals), and pastoral counseling.
As a water-based program, each boy lives aboard his very own boat and is fully responsible for all the upkeep, with many vocational education opportunities (including carpentry, welding, boat maintenance and repair) that lead to seamanship skills, as well as lifestyle competence (such as skills for job seeking, banking, basic nutrition, grocery shopping and housekeeping). Our structure shows the boys that their negative behavior is leading them into less and less freedom, and teaches a work ethic and positive character traits, such as dependability, good character, self-confidence and maturity.
We believe that education is a life long process and occurs in every facet of life; our curriculum is combined with a unique and creative learning approach that supports students who previously have not experienced success in the academic setting.
Essential principles are taught: problem solving, teamwork, knowledge (of the ocean, and, when they become less self-centered, applicable to the world at large), self-reliance (on their skills, equipment, and the fact the no one will be there to bail you out, either at sea, or in your life decisions), and perseverance, to overcome the challenges that they – as we all – will face in life.