7 Foundational Qualities We Look for In Therapeutic Boarding Schools, Residential Treatment Centers, and Wilderness Therapy Programs

BY Garret Bolthouse

With over 10 years of experience in the Therapeutic Boarding School, Residential Treatment Center, and Wilderness Therapy industry, we have seen some of the best programs in the country, as well as some of the worst. We have seen programs with strong leadership, well-organized staff and great programming, as well as programs with terrible leadership, […]

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The Holidays Can Bring Out The Worst In Struggling Teens

BY Garret Bolthouse

It’s Christmas Eve and you’re expecting your daughter home by 10PM, it’s 1AM and you haven’t gotten a phone call or a text from your teen. During her winter break, she has spent most of her time away from home, “hanging out” with friends, often late and continually beyond curfew. Her friends aren’t a positive […]

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Help! My Teenager is Out of Control!

BY Garret Bolthouse

Does your teenager seem to be out of control lately? Many of the families we serve wonder if their teen’s current behavior is normal or healthy for a teenager. The changes some families observe in their child occur seemingly overnight, while other families see a gradual decline every day, and, in many cases, families have […]

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What Value Does The Envoy Group Offer to Families?

BY Garret Bolthouse

The Envoy Group offers unique value to families who have reached the end of their ability to help their struggling teenager at home. We have over 10 years of experience in the therapeutic boarding school industry, and have helped nearly 50,000 families as of the writing of this article. We consider it our privilege to […]

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[Book Review] Helping Teens Who Cut by Dr. Michael Hollander, PhD

BY Garret Bolthouse

For parents, it can be an extremely fearful moment when they find out their teenager is harming their bodies, but most don’t understand why their child is participating in such self-destructive behavior, and are bewildered as to how to best help their child. Parents’ need for quick action and extreme measures can further exasperate a teen, causing deep stress and anxiety for the entire family.

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A Simple Plan for Evaluating A Therapeutic Boarding School For Your Child (Part 1)

BY Tamara Bolthouse

Parents ask me many questions about how to determine the best fit for their child when searching for a Therapeutic Boarding School or Residential Treatment Facility. I specialize in placing kids for whom it is more difficult to find placement, transfer cases, or long-term options, so I am taking this opportunity to offer some general […]

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Should I Place My Teen in a Therapeutic Boarding School Near My Home?

BY Garret Bolthouse

Parents often ask us if we can suggest therapeutic boarding school programs that are within a 1-2 hour drive from home. This can be a difficult task for us as there are only a small number of reputable programs in the country, and not all programs are necessarily built for the problems your teen may […]

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Can My Health Insurance Policy Help Me Pay for Residential or Therapeutic Boarding School?

BY Tamara Bolthouse

Private pay residential treatment centers do not often contract directly with insurance companies, nor do they accept assignment of benefits. However, upon request, many programs are able to provide what’s called an “insurance superbill” to submit for reimbursement from your insurance provider. What are "Insurance Superbills"? Insurance superbills are formatted for the type of insurance […]

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