The Negative Effects of Social Isolation in Teenagers

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Boulder Creek Academy is a coed therapeutic boarding school for teens ages 14 to 18. Located in Bonners Ferry, Idaho, Boulder Creek Academy serves the unique needs of students who struggle with various behavioral, clinical, and academic challenges, including social isolation.

Given the social nature of human beings, feeling disconnected and isolated from one’s peers can be extremely harmful to teenagers. In many cases, because teenagers tend to stay connected through online interaction, adults disregard social isolation in teens. However, the need for face-to-face interaction persists. As individuals grow through their adolescent years, they often seek peer support to process the various dramas and changes they are experiencing, and online interactions alone cannot fill this need.

When teens feel socially isolated, it results in a wide range of mental health problems. Teens often experience lower self-esteem and increased anxiety. Further, they may become depressed and possibly develop suicidal tendencies.

Teens experience physical problems, as well. They are more likely to become obese during young adulthood, have worse physical health, and experience headaches and stomachaches. Isolated teens also frequently have higher blood pressure, higher cholesterol, and poor cardiovascular health as young adults.

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A Brief Overview of the Student and Exchange Visitor Program

A therapeutic boarding school in Idaho, Boulder Creek Academy has spent over two decades meeting the unique needs of students between the ages of 14 and 18 who are struggling with a range of social and cognitive deficits. Boulder Creek Academy is a year-round school that is fully accredited by the Northwest Accreditation Commission and affiliated with such programs as the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP).

A part of the National Security Investigations Division, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) manages nonimmigrant students in the academic and vocational vice classification and the schools who teach such students. It was designed to ensure that all rules and regulations are followed by international students studying in the United States and to certify schools so that they may accept international students. Additionally, SEVP maintains several outreach programs to help students find a SEVP-certified school and maintain their student status. These outreach efforts also focus on such areas as student benefits, postgraduate procedures, and international student regulations.

SEVP oversees its certified schools and international students with the help of SEVIS, or the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System. This system tracks and monitors certified schools and exchange visitor programs, while also monitoring vocational and academic nonimmigrants while they participate in the United States education system. To accomplish its goal, SEVP works with the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, US Department of State, US Citizenship and Immigration Services, and several other government partners.

Improving Social Skills among Teenagers with ADHD

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Boulder Creek Academy
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Since 1993, Boulder Creek Academy has helped teenage boys and girls with academic, clinical, and behavioral challenges to embrace their strengths and flourish academically. Among the students served by Boulder Creek Academy are teens with ADHD, for whom social interactions can be challenge. Below are three ways in which teenagers with ADHD can develop their social skills:

Discuss ADHD: It’s normal for teens to feel embarrassed when talking about their ADHD, but explaining the issue to their friends can help. When friends know the reasons why a teen often loses track of time or forgets to meet them, they will be more understanding of the situation instead of simply becoming angry.

Join clubs: The key to joining a school club or youth group is finding one that fits the teen’s interests. Social interactions become easier for teens with ADHD when there is already a shared interest or passion.

Practice with family: At home, teens with ADHD should practice putting their thoughts into words. This can be accomplished by reading a book or watching a television show together, and then summarizing what the family watched or read. Additionally, parents can plan group outings to make it easier for teens to hang out with friends.

SEVP – Nonimmigrant Status for Foreign Students in the US

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Student and Exchange Visitor Program
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Offering therapeutic curricula and services to students aged 13-18, Boulder Creek Academy utilizes brain-based learning to enhance students’ memory, communication, and cognitive functioning. Actively affiliated with several organizations, Boulder Creek Academy currently holds membership in the government-run Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP).

SEVP upholds national security by collecting regular information and statistics on non-immigrant students currently attending US schools. Long-term visitors to the US are assigned a non-immigrant classification depending on their length of stay in the US and their purpose for entering. Non-immigrant students are divided into two categories: F-1 non-immigrants and M-1 non-immigrants. F-1 non-immigrants are foreign students pursuing academic study, whereas M-1 non-immigrants are foreign students pursuing vocational study. All schools and programs must be SEVP-approved in order for foreign residents to qualify for non-immigrant student status.

Non-immigrant students may be accompanied by spouses and children. Dependents of students are classified under either F-2 or M-2 status. To learn more about SEVP and how to become a non-immigrant student in the US, go to www.ICE.gov/SEVIS.

National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs Conference

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National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs
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Therapeutic boarding school Boulder Creek Academy serves students with academic, mental health, and behavioral problems through a diverse curriculum that places equal focus on academics and life skills. Boulder Creek Academy also belongs to the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP), which will host its 2017 annual conference in January.

A three-day event for mental health and allied health professionals in the educational field, the NATSAP Annual Conference features a variety of keynote sessions, general sessions, plenary, and breakout sessions. It welcomes youth advocates from throughout the country and abroad, and includes a dynamic schedule of presentations delivered by leading authorities in the education and mental health sectors. Additionally, exhibiting organizations will receive the opportunity to showcase their latest programs and insights.

Registration fees vary according to NATSAP membership, although members are eligible for early bird registration discounts. Further details on guests, program schedule, and special events to be announced. The conference will take place January 25 through January 27, 2017, at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort and Spa in Tucson, Arizona.

For updates on the conference, visit natsap.org.

AdvanceED and Northwest Accreditation Commission Accreditation

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Boulder Creek Academy
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Boulder Creek Academy is a therapeutic boarding school in Bonners Ferry, Idaho, that accepts students in grades eight through twelve. The academy focuses on meeting the academic, behavioral, and clinical needs of students. Founded in 1993, Boulder Creek Academy operates with accreditation from the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC), a division of AdvancedED.

These organizations outline quality standards and processes that meet the specific requirements for several types of learning institutions, and accreditation from NWAC and AdvancedED serves as a testament to quality standards. For instance, standards have been developed for education corporations, public and private school systems, digital learning institutions, and post and secondary academies. Criteria for accreditation include: a commitment to continuous improvement, demonstration of quality assurance through internal and external review, and cooperation with AdvancedED standards and policies.

The organization utilizes a system-oriented accreditation approach that helps institutions make the most of their talent and resources. It measures the program’s quality, relationships, and results through an examination of an institution’s standards, student performance, and stakeholder feedback. Furthermore, the accreditation process emphasizes the importance of accountability, learner outcomes, and efforts to achieve positive learner outcomes.

For additional details on accreditation with AdvancedED and the NWAC, visit advanc-ed.org/services/accreditation.

Challenges and Causes of Clinical Depression in Children

Clinical depression in children

Clinical depression in children

 

As a therapeutic boarding school, Boulder Creek Academy provides educational programs designed to help teenagers with behavioral difficulties. One such difficulty Boulder Creek Academy is designed to address is clinical depression, which is experienced by approximately one in 20 children in the United States. Depression can take several forms, including major depression, which causes extended periods of sadness that interfere with a child’s daily activities; dysthymia, which has less dramatic effects but can persist for a year or more; and bipolar disorder, which causes periods of depression to alternate with those of irritability and emotional outbursts.

Clinical depression is not merely the occasional sadness, lack of motivation, or low self-confidence that almost all children experience. Expecting a child to “snap out of it” or scolding a child for showing a lack of interest in his or her responsibilities is liable to upset the child further and intensify feelings of unworthiness. Likewise, it is rarely helpful to explain to a child why he or she shouldn’t be depressed, since major depression is not a rational response to pain or loss. The child may be fully aware that he or she has no specific reason to be upset, but this realization may not be enough actually to relieve the child of depression.

Depression can be caused by numerous factors. Traumatic life events such as a death in the family or parental separation can trigger long periods of serious depression, and its incidence is higher in children who have attention or learning disorders. There may be a genetic component as well, as some genes result in reduced levels of neurotransmitters that normally produce feelings of satisfaction or happiness. Because of this, children are more likely to experience depression if it is present in other family members.