Dr Phil: Explosive Teen Backstage
Tracy and Clint’s out of control teen daughter, Callie, has been violent at home. Dr Phil recommended that the family consider placing her in a wilderness alternative program through the Aspen Education Group. When Dr Phil sent 17-year-old Callie and her parents, Tracy and Clint, backstage to discuss what they should do to improve their family situation, Callie was already in tears.
“I’ve never hated you so much in my whole life," she said.
Callie continued to yell and scream, saying that her parents humiliated her and she would never forgive them. Tracy said she could not reconcile the two different sides of her daughter’s personality.
Dr Phil: Aspen Education Group Review
Callie threatened her parents and put all the blame on her parents. Tracy said she thought the family had an opportunity for a miracle. The family met with Kristen Hayes, who explained the Aspen Education Group’s wilderness program in Idaho.
Kristen explained that the program lets teens and parents get away and get perspective, with counseling for the entire family. Tracy and Clint agreed to send their daughter away for the alternative program.
Upon seeing that she had no choice in the matter, Callie broke down, swearing she would never come home and hoped to overdose and die, just to make her parents feel bad. The show also provided Michael, a professional transporter, to accompany her to the facility.
Dr Phil: Teenage Crisis Intervention
Dr Phil met with the parents backstage, explaining that Callie was a loose cannon and encouraging them that they were doing the right thing by intervening. “This has gone on way too long," he said, advising them to stand firm in their choice.
In a small room backstage, Callie cried for her mother. When Tracy arrived, Callie whined and cried, demanding that her mother change her mind. “What have you done?" she screamed.
Callie said she would refuse to leave the room with Mike, the transporter. That has to be a terrible job.
Dr Phil: Idaho Teen Wilderness Program
Callie insisted that she would not make the trip to Idaho. Eventually she agreed to get in the van, because they bribed her with an opportunity to talk to her mother one more time.
It’s kind of gross that they videotaped this entire thing. Callie was despondent about her parents’ decision and could not understand her mother’s reasoning. Eventually, Tracy left and the van departed the lot.
Finally, Dr Phil said it is not typical for teenagers to act out in dangerous, self-destructive situations. Early intervention is key, he said, noting that teens want immediate gratification. “Remember, you’re a parent, not a pal," he said.