Why Boot Camps In Canada Are on The Way Out
Boot camps are becoming a thing of the past, especially in Canada where stricter government regulations and greater accountability have limited the role these play in dealing with troubled teens. Boot camps ?sometimes called wilderness therapy programs and a variety of other names ?present a tough love approach to “straightening out troubled youth” and seem to many parents to be a viable quick fix. In the USA,UGG Sheepskin Cuff 1875, these are said to center in the state of Utah where laws governing teen treatment seem to be more lax than elsewhere.
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University of Cincinnati Dr. Edward Latessa questions the mentality behind these camps’ focus on discipline and physical exercise. Latessa says that the focus on getting shape only makes some troubled teens into better fighters. “The problem is [the focus on outward discipline] is not related to delinquent behavior.” Although therapeutic wilderness exercises can be part of a good treatment program,UGG Sienna Miller Boots 5816 White, the full focus on a military style boot camp environment needs to be tempered.
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Latessa adds, “Good programs teach those things and they do it in a way that it is modeled, practiced, and reinforced.” Boot camps are becoming a thing of the past in favor of a more holistic approach more in keeping with our current understanding of the root of behavioral problems.