Professional Help for Troubled Teens
Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness strongly encourages families to enlist the services of a professional Educational Consultant. An Educational Consultant is an expert in the out-of-home placement referral process. Educational Consultants provide quality assurance, advocacy, independent collaboration of treatment, and seamless communication from program to program. Parents in crisis often face overwhelming emotions and may not be aware of the available options. An Educational Consultant can help to sort through the alternatives to determine which option best meets the needs of your child and family.
To find an Educational Consultant in your area, call the Blue Ridge Admissions team for assistance at (866) 205-2500. Other resources for educational consultant services include:
Psychological, Psychoeducational, and Neuro-Psychological testing is available as an optional service for any family who might benefit from this additional layer of assessment. Blue Ridge collaborates with a number of independent psychologists who have a national reputation for quality and accuracy of their evaluations, so please contact your child’s therapist for assistance in choosing the examiner whose area of expertise best matches the needs of your child.
Psychological testing can be a particularly helpful adjunct to the assessment process at Blue Ridge for a variety of issues and circumstances, including:
- Students who have not had a recent evaluation
- Prior evaluations were done during a time of instability and thus may not accurately reflect the child’s functioning
- Analyzing underlying patterns that are not readily apparent through behavioral observation or therapy sessions
- IQ and cognitive functioning
- Identifying areas of strength and weakness in school
- Learning disabilities
- Underlying emotional functioning and capacity for distress tolerance
- Identifying personality patterns and interpersonal style
- Diagnostic clarification
- Developmental disorders (including Autism Spectrum Disorders)
The testing process typically takes place during a 1 – 2 day period, with additional questionnaires that the student fills out under the guidance of our Field Instructors. Examiners typically meet with the students at the group location so that there is minimal disruption to the wilderness experience. Your child’s therapist will consult with you and the examiner to review the results of the testing, discuss how to incorporate the results of the evaluation into your child’s treatment plan, and how the results might inform our recommendations for aftercare planning.