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White River Academy is a residential treatment center for troubled boys from ages 12 to 17. The students at White River Academy are dealing with behavioral, mental or substance abuse issues. These issues, if left unchecked, can stunt physical and personal growth. Students who attend White River Academy may also have experienced difficulty in school, social issues, possible learning disabilities, substance abuse problems or mental health issues, such as:

Many parents can learn more about their son’s problem in order to better understand, support and help the young man through treatment. There is a wealth of information available on the issues an adolescent can face, making it difficult for parents to find the best resources applicable to the situation.

It is for this reason that White River Academy has developed the Recommended Reading page. Below is a list of the top literature and website resources to help with the most common problems facing teenagers today. More information is also available on the Articles and Stories page.

Books to read

“Boys Adrift: The Five Factors Driving the Growing Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men,” by Leonard Sax.

“Why Gender Matters: What Parents and Teachers Need to Know about the Emerging Science of Sex Differences,” by Leonard Sax.

 “Leadership & Self Deception: Getting out of the Box,” by the Arbinger Institute.

“Positive Peer Culture,” by Harry H. Vorrath and Larry K. Brendtro.

“Theories of Delinquency: An Examination of Explanations of Delinquent Behaviors,” by Donald J. Shoemaker.

Websites to visit:

National Institute of Mental Health, Child and Adolescent information is helpful website identifying symptoms, treatment and other information on mental health disorders and substance abuse.

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Facts for Families features pages that can help parents understand the how and why of what is going on with their adolescent or teen.

Teen Online is a handy hub of crisis contact information.

Healthy Children.org’s section on teenagers is produced by the American Academy of Pediatrics.


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We would like to thank all the wonderful staff at WRA for the great parent weekend. We enjoyed it and felt that we learned valuable insights on Positive Peer Culture and the values we must have and the importance of family commitment to each other...

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