Please take some time to read through these links, there is a lot of great information about WWASP(S) / Teen Revitalization and the Troubled Teen Industry every parent should know before they choose a school for their child.
For information on how to identify a WWASP program please read more here:
What is a WWASP Program?
For a comprehensive list of abusive policies practiced by WWASP Programs and other abusive “tough love” programs please view our Red Flags List
WWASP Survivors Network – WWASPSN.org
Survivor/ Youth Rights Organizations:
Other Resources for news and information:
HEAL-online.org – WWASP
TroubledPrograms.com – A database of known abusive programs
Links to Related articles, Studies and Government Information:
ASTART – Recommended Reading and LinksThe Stop Child Abuse In Residential Programs for Teens Act of 2015
GAO Report on Seclusion and Restraints – May 2009
GAO Report: Residential Programs Selected Cases of Death, Abuse and Deceptive Marketing Apr 2008 (PDF)
Publications about the Troubled Teen Industry:
An American Gulag: Secret P.O.W. Camps for Teens – By Alexia Parks
Gone to the Crazies: A Memoir – By Alison Weaver
Jesus Land: A Memoir – Julia Scheeres
Films and Documentaries on the Troubled Teen Industry
Over the GW
– Based on actual events in the life of the filmmaker, writer/director Nick Gaglia’s Over the GW
tells the story of a cult-like, drug-rehabilitation center that abuses, brainwashes, and imprisons vulnerable teens.
– Inspired by the book Help at Any Cost
by Maia Szalavitz, Aaron Bacon
is based on the true story of a troubled, 16-year old boy who dies as a result of physical abuse and starvation in a tough-love, wilderness, drug-treatment facility.
– A group of troubled teens are sent to a rehabilitation program housed in a remote camp on the island of Fiji. What their parents believe is a state-of-the-art deluxe institution in a beautiful natural environment turns out to be a prison-like boot camp where they are abused and brainwashed.
– A teenage boy is sent to a juvenile reform facility in the wilderness. As we learn about the tragic events that sent him there, his struggle becomes one for survival with the inmates, counselors, and the retired war colonel in charge.