Research has shown that sex specific treatment programs tend to have a high percentage of participants who are either expelled from or drop out of treatment. Research suggests that teen sexual offenders who do not complete treatment are more likely to commit subsequent sexual offenses than those who do complete treatment. For teens who are under a court’s jurisdiction, the court and probation officer can use leverage to compel a teen to participate in treatment. But what about teens struggling with sexual behavior problems who are not under the jurisdiction of a court?
Among the most frustrating situations that parents encounter with teens is knowing there is a problem, but being unable to talk with them about the issues and being unable to persuade them to talk to a therapist or counselor. This dilemma is compounded when the issues are sexual problems including pornography addiction, sexual abuse, and cyber-sexual activity including soliciting sex on the internet. Many teens are reluctant to talk about any problems with their parents, but more especially when the problems involve a sexual theme. A recent study concluded that a high percentage of teens have never actually had an open discussion about sex with their parents. Unfortunately for many families, sexual topics continue to be taboo and dialogue about sexual themes simply does not occur. When a teen begins to experience problems related to sexual behaviors, most will typically go to great lengths to hide them from their parents and will refuse to participate in any type of counseling, treatment or therapy.
When discovered, often times well intended parents will seek counseling or psychotherapy services for their teen in an effort to provide their child with the chance to talk about sexual issues in a safe setting with a caring professional. In some cases, the teen is ready to talk about these issues, but what do parents do when their child won’t talk to the therapist? Outpatient counseling is only effective when communication occurs between the client and the therapist and a treatment resistant teen can’t be forced to talk. Parents often feel powerless to help their child under these circumstances and are unsure where to turn for help.
So back to the question of what can parents do if their child is struggling with sexual behavior problems, but is resistant to help? Consider Star Guides wilderness therapy program. The first of its kind nationally, Star Guides provides specialized treatment for teens and young adults who are struggling with any number of sexual behavior problems. Its mission statement is “Navigation to Healthy Sexuality”. No matter what the problems have been, Star Guides believes that all youth can learn to achieve healthy sexuality. Star Guides believes strongly in early intervention.
Unlike outpatient counseling or even residential treatment, Star guides Wilderness therapy approach is uniquely effective for the following reasons: