Frequently Asked Questions

When Should You Get Help For Your troubled Teenager?

Parents have chosen our therapeutic boarding school for many different reasons. Some Include:

 

Poor Peer Choices


If your child has fallen in with a bad crowd, they will begin to adopt the behaviors and attitudes of that crowd. If they are unwilling to separate themselves from negative influences, they may need a fresh start away from home. Poor peer choices are often an indicator of a larger problem and we can help address that.

 

Dangerous Life Choices


Often poor peer choices lead to dangerous life choices including drug or alcohol abuse or becoming sexually active – risking STDs and pregnancy. They may be participating in illegal and dangerous activities. If these life choices continue without intervention, the consequences could be life-long and damaging. In this case, Crosswind’s Christian boarding school for troubled teens, Caribbean Mountain Academy, is an opportunity to provide a fresh start and new perspective.

 

Mental Health Concerns


Around 1 in 5 teens will experience a serious mental disorder in their life. Some common mental disorders are depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar, eating disorders, and PTSD. If your child is experiencing mental health struggles, and counseling has not helped, they may be a good fit for Caribbean Mountain Academy.

 

Trauma


Crosswinds counseling has pointed out that “victims of abuse often have low self-esteem and self-worth, making them more susceptible to troubling behavior in their teen and adult years.” These students can find healing from a broken past. Unfortunately, it is common that children in adoptions and in the foster system have experienced trauma from their previous homes. They may be a good fit for the Christian boarding school as well.

 

Truancy from School

 

If your child has been skipping school and has done poorly in classes no matter how many different interventions you’ve tried, Caribbean Mountain Academy can help them recover school credits. There are fewer negative distractions here. Students will be unplugged from technology, and their school computers block all web pages except for school work. Students are often able to get caught up and can even get ahead in their studies.

 

Adoption


Many of our students have been adopted into amazing families yet have struggled to make a healthy transition. Past trauma can results in detachment issues and self-destructive behavior, leaving parents of the adopted teenager feeling helpless. CMA specializes in adoption counseling and will work with the whole family to begin re-establishing a healthy family unit.