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How Can Therapy Camp Help My Teen this Summer?

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Summer is an exciting time for teens. A break from school means more time for hanging out with friends, going to the beach, or taking a family vacation. But teens struggling with their mental health might not be looking forward to the break or might take advantage of the time by drinking, partying, or binge gaming.1 Therapy camp can be an opportunity for them to have fun while exploring their mental health.

Family First is a trusted, licensed adolescent treatment center in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. We offer multiple levels of care, including a boys-only residential program and a co-ed partial hospitalization program (PHP) for adolescents ages 13–18. Our teen PHP summer program can be the opportunity you need to finally get help for your son or daughter while school is out. Call 888.904.5947 to learn more.

No School, No Stress?

Summer is often seen as a time for fun and relaxation, but it can also be a challenging season for teenagers struggling with mental health issues. Even though academic pressure might feel lighter during the summer, it can be harder for teens to cope with their mental health. Without the structure and routine of school, they may feel lost or overwhelmed.

On the other hand, teens with behavioral issues like substance use, problematic gaming and screen time, or reckless behaviors might see summer as a time to indulge and engage in these harmful activities without the constraints of school. This can cause further problems with legal trouble, strained relationships, and worsening mental health.

The Benefits of Therapy Camp for Teens

Mental health support for teens is available year-round. However, families might not be able to commit to intensive therapy during the school year when everyone has busy schedules. Therapy camp provides opportunities for:

  • Evidence-based treatment – Therapy camps like the one offered at Family First provide evidence-based treatment modalities, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), to help teens learn coping skills and manage their mental health challenges.
  • Peer support – Being surrounded by peers who are going through similar struggles can be incredibly beneficial for teens. It creates a sense of community and helps them feel less alone in their struggles.
  • Therapeutic recreation – While traditional therapy is an essential aspect of therapy camp, it also offers a chance for teens to engage in recreational activities like outdoor adventures, sports, and creative arts. These activities can be both enjoyable and therapeutic.
  • Expert guidance – Therapy camps are staffed with experienced therapists who specialize in treating adolescent mental health issues. Family First has a staff-to-client ratio of 3:1, allowing teens to receive expert care and attention.

Finding the right care for your teen can help them move toward a healthier future. A summer therapy program offers flexibility and support while teens are out of school.

Teen Treatment at a Trusted Program

Camps for “trouble youth” or adventure therapy programs that simply punish teens are not compassionate, sustainable solutions for families. Family First offers a safe, supportive environment where teens can address underlying issues and learn healthy coping skills.

There are no punishments at our treatment center. We work closely with each teen to explore the root causes of their mental and behavioral health issues. Our team has more than 120 years of combined clinical experience and knows that lashing out, isolating, or behaving recklessly aren’t the problems but are the only ways teens know how to express their challenging feelings.

Family First is accredited by The Joint Commission and the Florida Department of Children and Families, and we are endorsed by Dr. Phil and the American Health Care Association. Thousands of teens and families have found hope and healing in our programs.

Call Family First Adolescent Services Today

Our partial hospitalization program is the only co-ed mental health program at our South Florida treatment center. Teen boys and girls alike can get the support and guidance they need to overcome their struggles and build a brighter future.

Don’t let your teen struggle alone this summer. Contact Family First Adolescent Services today to learn more about our programs and how we can help your family heal. Call 888.904.5947 or complete our online form to speak with an admissions specialist.


  1. Journals of Behavioral Addiction (abstract accessed via PubMed) – Associations of Binge Gaming (5 or more consecutive hours played) with Gaming Disorder and Mental Health in Young Men