Military Schools in Arizona
are Military Schools in Arizona? Military Schools in Arizona are
treatment programs for struggling youth in a military-style
environment. These programs typically emphasize discipline and
physical conditioning and were developed as a rigorous alternative
to longer terms of confinement in juvenile correctional facilities.
Military Schools are generally restricted to teens with little
or mild behavioral issues. Military Schools are not an appropriate
setting for teens experiencing emotional, behavioral, substance
abuse, or learning problems.
The idea of “shock incarceration”
as a tough alternative to more intensive programming
brought about the establishment of military-style
boarding schools for troubled youth.
Military Schools in Arizona Effective?
Experts agree that a confrontational approach is not appropriate.
Most treatment care and military experts agree that a
confrontational model, employing tactics of intimidation
and humiliation, is counterproductive for most youth.
For youth with emotional, behavioral, substance abuse,
or learning problems-degrading tactics may be particularly
inappropriate and potentially damaging. The bullying style
and aggressive interactions that characterize the Military
Schools environment fail to model the pro-social behavior
and development of empathy that these teens really need
Positive changes demonstrated while in
Military Schools usually do not last when a teen returns to
his Arizona community. Many teens report that the program
is helpful to them and they feel more positive about their futures.
It is unclear, however, whether these attitudinal changes persist
after teens leave the Military School, or whether they are related
to actual changes in behavior once a youth returns to his community.
Without significant therapeutic intervention while in the program,
as well as specialized aftercare following release, Military
Schools in Arizona have been consistently unsuccessful in “changing”
What are the alternatives?
Arizona teens who need some form of treatment care require an
individualized approach that takes their strengths and needs
into account. Programs and policies should be family-centered
– including the family in all decision making about a child
– as well as culturally and developmentally appropriate. Research
has shown that small, family-centered programs are more effective
than military schools in the long term.
Give us a call and together we can discuss
the best course of action for your child. We can be reached
any time at 1-866-490-3666.