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Marcus Chatfield is the author of "Institutionalized Persuasion; The Technology of Reformation in Straight Incorporated and the Residential Teen Treatment Industry (2014)." He is a prospective graduate student living in Florida.
(5 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 14, 2012 As we talk about regulating the "troubled-teen" industry...
Privately operated behavior-modification programs and residential treatment programs operate without federal regulation. Many programs rely on coercive methods that consistently result in cruel forms of abuse and deaths. As we consider how to address this muti-billion dollar industry, let's explore the underlying issues rather than merely trying to avoid the symptoms.
(11 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 17, 2011 Brainwashing Is Real and It's Really Not Therapy
Abuses within the troubled-teen industry are getting more and more attention in the news. This article calls attention to the reason this abuse persists. Abusive programs for troubled teens utilize the principles of brainwashing as outlined by Lifton, Meerloo, Singer, Schein and others. Brainwashing is perpetrated through abuse and is the reason there is a need for abuse in these programs. This article implicates the APA.