Teen Treatment Programs For Bullying
Bullying goes beyond temporary or short-lived emotional pain. Bullying has serious effects on one’s physical health, emotional wellbeing, and relationships. Unresolved relational conflict can lead to poorer academic performance and attachment issues through adulthood. Residential treatment programs for teens not only intervene in school bullying, but they teach teens how to prevent future bullying and healthier ways to cope with the effects of bullying.
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How Does Solstice RTC Help Teens Who Have Been Bullied?
At Solstice West, it is all about relationships: the relationship you have with yourself and the relationships you have with others. We believe that in the context of healthy relationships, great healing from bullying can occur. Teens who have been bullied often internalize negative messages about themselves that they’ve heard from bullies, which takes a toll on their self-esteem.
Our positive peer culture is a beautiful embodiment of this idea: students strive to be support and kind, just as they try to act this way to themselves. Group therapy is a powerful experience for teens who are anxious in social settings, struggle to open up to others, and fear rejection from peers. Through group therapy and adventure programming, students challenge negative beliefs they have about themselves and relationships and build stronger relational skills to help them resolve group conflict and trust others.
Learning healthier coping mechanisms and communication strategies helps teens practice how to stand up to bullies without feeling weak or defeated. Instead, they learn how to be assertive, walk away, and put themselves first. Students leave Solstice West as empowered young women, that understand their self worth, with improved confidence and self-esteem.
What are the Effects of Bullying on Teens?
All types of bullying can feel just as painful and can have a traumatic effect on one’s self esteem and relationships. Like other stressful life events, the details of the situation don’t necessarily predict the way your child will respond to their experience of being bullied. Some people are more sensitive to the effects of bullying if they already struggle with mental health issues or feelings of loneliness, while others care less about what others think of them.
- Low Self Esteem. Bullying and social rejection also lead to internalizing the message that “something is wrong with me.”
- Social Struggles. Many teens who have been bullied have a hard time making friends and opening up to people. Relational bullying can be traumatic as it is a breach of trust by people who are supposed to be there for you. After realizing they can’t trust people around them who have played a role in shaping their identity, many teens question if they can trust who they thought they were as they begin to see themselves as a victim.
- Depression. As social support is a protective factor against isolating effects of depression, teens with fewer close friends that they can trust to talk about their emotions and have fun with are more at risk for developing depression.
- School Refusal. Unlike truancy, school refusal refers to an aversion to school itself based on negative past experiences and anxiety related to going to school.
Relationship-Based Treatment for Bullying
Teens are less vulnerable to the effects of bullying if they have a positive support system at home and at school. As people develop their sense of self and beliefs about relationships early in life, family support during adolescence helps teens build their sense of identity, self-esteem, and control. Positive relationships with parents cultivate self-esteem in children, which leads to more positive relationships with peers in adolescence and young adulthood.
Solstice West is dedicated to relationship-based treatment that focuses on helping teens develop stronger relationships with peers and staff and repairing family relationships through intensive family involvement. While social support may not necessarily be able to prevent bullying at school, it has a positive impact on a teen’s self-esteem, which influences how they may respond to being bullied or rejected by classmates. Teens who feel confident about who they are and what they like to do are less likely to let other people’s opinions shake their self-esteem and resilience.
Positive School Environment for Bullied Teens
Many teens who have bullied at school have developed negative beliefs about their school experience. It is common for them to experience significant anxiety around going to school, feelings of hopelessness around their academic goals, and poor attendance due to school refusal. As bullying can impact one’s school performance, they may be concerned that their grades do not reflect their academic potential.
This is why Solstice RTC offers an accredited academic program to help teens stay on track academically. A positive school climate can make all the difference in your struggling teen’s life. At Solstice, teachers are considered part of your child’s treatment team and are involved in their treatment planning to determine how to best fit their emotional and behavioral needs in the classroom.
Our small class sizes are designed to help students feel more comfortable sharing in a supportive classroom environment and to encourage collaboration among students. Students work together to learn how to build each other up and to recognize how mutual support helps them meet their goals in and out of the classroom. Teachers are also able to provide more individualized support for students through academic advising and study halls.