Suggested Reading

Recommended books and materials for parents of troubled teens

Suggested Reading

Hope for Parents of Troubled Teens – A Practical Guide to Getting Them Back on Track, By: Connie LMHC Rae

A Road Map for Parenting in the Troubled Years

It is never too late for parents to reach their teenager or young adult. Licensed counselor Connie Rae draws from professional and personal experience to provide insight, encouragement, and advice. Offering wise counsel and a reassuring tone, she helps parents better understand their child’s temperament, their own parenting style, and the developmental process their child is going through. She also discusses the world in which their teenager is growing up, which is very different than many parents realize. Each chapter ends with a list of practical steps and a prayer, giving parents wise advice but also offering hope through the process.



Helping Your Troubled Teen: Learn to Recognize, Understand, and Address the Destructive Behavior of Today’s Teens and Preteens, Cynthia S Kaplan (Author), Blaise Aguirre (Author), Michael Rater (Author)

The first “adolescent primer” on the market

Destructive trends among today’s youth are growing, making life very different from when their parents were growing up. The primary four self-destructive behaviors in adolescence today are excessive alcohol and substance abuse, promiscuity, self mutilation (ie: cutting and burning), and eating disorders. These will be covered in detail, along with other issues like Internet addiction and suicide. These problems are not only detrimental to teens’ mental and physical health, but the legal consequences for injurious behavior have also changed. Identification and prevention are the most important aspects in stopping teenage self-destructive behavior. This book offers a comprehensive look at teens self destructive behavior and gives parents solutions for dealing with it. Helping Your Troubled Teen instructs parents on how to identify an at-risk adolescent and discuss warning signs of injurious behavior, before the problem(s) become severe enough that a child is in crisis and/or legal actions are taken against them. Personal anecdotes and testimonials from both parents and their teenagers who have been confronted with and have engaged in self-destructive behavior are also included.

McLean Hospital is the largest psychiatric teaching facility of Harvard Medical School. Founded in 1811 as the original psychiatric department of the MGH, it moved to Belmont in 1895. McLean Hospital operates the largest psychiatric neuroscience research program of any Harvard University-affiliated facility and of any private psychiatric hospital in the country. The Child and Adolescent Program at McLean Hospital is one of the foremost clinical programs for helping young people and their families cope with psychiatric illness and the challenges it often brings. There are extensive ties with community services, and each therapeutic program of children and adolescents in inpatient, residential and outpatient services is tailored to the specific needs of the child and family.

Strained Relations: Help for Struggling Parents of Troubled Teens, Marcia Stein

Every day, thousands of parents face the fear and frustration that comes from dealing with a troubled teen. Good, loving parents facing the hardest questions of their lives… Is their child experiencing normal teen-age rebellion? Are the temper-tantrums and challenges at school a sign of bigger problems? How do they stop their child’s downward spiral? What are they supposed to do next? Marcia Stein offers an array of powerful and comforting insights from coaches, therapists, experts and parents who have been there. Strained Relations offers tools and resources for struggling parents of troubled teens. Find answers and draw strength from professionals on the front lines and stories from the mothers and fathers who got through it. Marcia was inspired to write Strained Relations after living through a challenging time with her own son.

Not by Chance: How Parents Boost Their Teen’s Success In and After Treatment 

This book by Tim R. Thayne is a great resource for parents considering a residential or wilderness treatment program for their teen. It’s a must-read for parents with a child currently in a program.

Your struggling teenager is going to a residential or wilderness treatment program. Their addictions, learning disabilities, or emotional/behavioral issues have brought you to a moment of decision. Heartsick, anxious, and exhausted, questions bounce endlessly around your mind, “Will this work?  Was this really necessary? Will she ever forgive me?  Can we handle him at home when the time comes?”



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