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Dangerous Hallmarks of the Troubled Teen Industry


  • Forcing sedatives and psychiatric medications without a psychiatric evaluation
  • Severe restrictions of communication with parents/lawyers/advocates
  • Substandard psychotherapeutic interventions by unqualified staff
  • Failure to assess individual needs of residents
  • Denial of full access by parents to their children in residence
  • Substandard or restricted education
  • Conversion & aversion therapy
  • Corporate lack of responsibility
  • Basic human rights violations
  • Inhumane, degrading discipline
  • Inappropriate use of seclusion and restraint
  • Physical restraint
  • Mechanical restraint
  • Chemical restraint
  • Medical neglect
  • Nutritional neglect
  • Sexual assault, harassment, & grooming by staff and other students
  • Financial opportunism
  • Deceptive marketing
  • Manipulation using position of power
  • Ineffective monitoring for compliance
  • Complete lack of physical/emotional/sexual/family privacy
  • Relationship restrictions both within and outside of the program
  • Documents are often falsified