Individual and family counseling is an integral part of just about any rehabilitation program. Individual counseling is used as a way to address the concerns and needs of a youth offender. Teens have different hormonal and physiological issues than do adults. Also, they might have lingering issues from childhood they may need to sort out. Family counseling adds another helpful dimension. Family members, as well as the juvenile, are shown ways they can motivate the youth in a positive way. Also, conflict resolution is explored.
Drug Treatment Programs
One common type of juvenile rehabilitation program is drug treatment. Juvenile offenders that are involved in drug crimes may be processed by a different court, a drug court. Completing drug treatment, as well as complying with random drug tests, passing the drug tests, and attending alcoholics anonymous meetings are sentenced by the court. After completing inpatient treatment, ongoing outpatient treatment generally continues for a year or so.
Educational programs provide youth offenders with a feeling of hope, as well as a path to success. They can see that there are other options out there rather than a life of crime. Education is a fundamental tenant of any juvenile rehabilitation program. This includes the opportunity for the juvenile offender to obtain a GED or a high school diploma. In addition, many facilities allow them to take classes to earn community college credits.
Vocational Training Programs
Vocational training is also often part of rehabilitation, as an additional component to formal education. Part of that training includes an apprenticeship in addition to training. One popular training program teaches building and carpentry skills. Learning a trade can provide a youth with a lot of opportunities outside of a life of crime.