In a recent Dr. Phil show two mothers asked Dr. Phil for help and we as viewers got a rare view of the goon in action.
The story is that a 10 year old girl learns that she for 10 year had called a man her father when he wasn’t. She then started to act out and now at an age of 13 the mother turns her in for the mercy of Dr. Phil and his sponsor – Aspen Education Group which is a company who runs various programs all over the United States. Programs where several teenagers in the past have lost their lives while they were struggling to survive and return home to their families.
The daughter is then presented with the news that she will be shipped to Idaho or North Carolina – two locations where two boys have lost their lives in the very same program she will be sent to. “Dear Daughter. You will be send to a program where you know with 2 seconds on a search engine that you will be imposed to life threatening situations. If you survive and the sponsors don’t want more airtime you can return home.”
How should she react? Then the mother runs out of the room and she is left with a muscles guy she doesn’t know; a person from the transport industry which only exists in the United States. We as viewers didn’t get to see her in handcuffs and shackles as they are known to do with the teenagers, but it is easy to understand the fears she is going through. Will she survive and given special treatment to ensure it now where she has been on a TV-show.
It is tasteless Television. We all remember “Brat Camp” filmed in Oregon. That particular program was purchased by Aspen Education Group and it closed when a 16 year old boy named Sergey Blashchishen died in the wilderness.
If someone needed a trip to the wilderness it should have been the parents. The teenagers were products of their parent’s way to parent them. No matter what type of program the teenagers would be placed in, it would be a failure once they return home because it is not the teenagers who need to change. It is the parents.
In Denmark the social authorities have tried to research into whether placement outside the families helps the children and what type of program which is best. The result of a decade of research is that you cannot measure the effects of removing children from their homes compared to cases where the children are left in dysfunctional families.
The only people who are helped in this Dr.Phil show are the sponsors who get a chance to promote their product. It is evil Television. Why are the option of putting vulnerable children on nation Television allowed at all?
Why are there not national guidelines for residential programs in the United States?
Why are children dying in larger numbers in residential programs in the United States?
I cannot understand it beside the fact that it somewhere somehow is a question about money.