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Teen Violence Treatment
Teen violence treatment for the perpetrators and surviving victims of teen violence comes in many forms. Any teen who has been involved in teen violence as a perpetrator, victim, or witness can benefit from professional counseling and family support.
If you suspect someone you know may be at risk for teen violence, do not ignore the problem. Teen violence treatment recieved early on can make a big difference. Basic safety from teen violence:
Teens who have been victims of violence often need guidance to cope with their feelings. Teens or their parents can get help from someone they trust: a doctor, therapist, teacher, school administrator, religious leader, or police officer. Teens who are afraid of violence should seek the protection of someone in authority, like a police officer or school administrator; they should not use violence or weapons to protect themselves.
Some things that teens can do to control their anger or frustration include:
Violent behavior and teenage bullying is easier to stop when it is treated early. Parents, teachers, and other adults should look for signs that a teen may become violent and intervene to get teen violence treatment as early as possible. Some of these signs include:
When looking for a counselor to help a teen, parents should find someone they and their teen feels comfortable talking to. The different types of therapists who can counsel teens are:
Regardless of the type of counselor or therapist a teen sees, make sure that the counselor is licensed and has experience treating teens in similar situations. The counselor may recommend group or family therapy, help teens with their inter-personal or problem solving skills, or help them recognize and change negative thoughts and behaviors.
Sometimes a teen needs to be moved from their environment to get them away from a situation encouraging violence, such as gangs or drugs. A therapist or another parent who has had similar experiences may be able to recommend places that can help teens, such as drug rehabilitation programs, residential treatment centers or other programs designed to help troubled teens.
Teens who are the perpetrators or victims of teen violence will also benefit from a family that shows them love, support, and firm but fair guidance. Family therapy can help families cope with the effects of teen violence.
American Psychological Association, APA Help Center, “Warning Signs of Youth Violence” [available online].
WebMD, Growth and Development, Ages 15 to 18 - When to Call a Doctor [online]
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