Behavioural problems

Eliminating harmful patterns

What are behavioural problems?

Behavioural problems sometimes occur in all adolescents and young adults. Parents / carers observe behaviour that is unacceptable, contrary and / or deviant. For example, the young person does not keep to agreements, becomes angry out of the blue or comes home late. This is all part of the growth and development of young people. But when patterns become structural and destructive, something else is going on.

Drastic consequences

In some cases, the behavioural problems become increasingly severe and disastrous. The youngsters are no longer open to reason; they ignore general rules and do not take responsibility for their actions. They are either very difficult or impossible to steer in the right direction. Behavioural problems include having frequent conflicts that flare up quickly, truancy, dropping out of school, running away from home, losing friends, lying / cheating, manipulating and vandalism. Sometimes, these young people may come into contact with the police.

Children and young adults suffering from behavioural problems often end up in a downward spiral from which they cannot escape on their own. At a certain point, their family members are also unable to help. At Yes We Can Youth Clinics, we are available 24/7 for young people! Many of our employees are experts by experience and have had similar problems. They have fought for their recovery and have made a permanent recovery. This creates equality, ensures recognition and offers hope to the youngsters we treat (we call them "fellows").

Common behavioural problems

We treat many different behavioural problems. Many of our employees are experts by experience and have had similar problems in the past and can therefore connect with our fellows in a unique way. Common behavioural problems that we treat are:

Often other problems are evident, such as mental health issues and addictions / problematic substance use. We specialise in dealing with these multiple problems.

Treatment of behavioural problems

In order to learn how to deal with their problems, we first dig into their backgrounds. Together with the young person, we examine the causes, the underlying pain, so that they gain (more) insight into this. We unravel their personal stories. For example, there may be a trauma, but also an unstable or unsafe family situation. Often various factors play a role, where things interact, and where everything is connected to each other. That is why insight into the person's own story is so important. 

After we have established this, we then work with the person on his / her development and recovery. We think it is important that we help these young people in an environment that feels warm, loving and familiar. Unconditional support is therefore paramount. We also confront the young people when appropriate, if we think this will help them further in their process.

Our treatment, step by step

Let us start by emphasizing that if you have any questions, any at all, you can always contact us. We cannot stress enough that we are always there for you, whether you sign up for a treatment in our clinic or not. You can reach us by phone from Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (GMT +1) via phone number: +31 (0)85 02 01 222. 

After business hours – weekdays after 6:00 p.m. and on the weekends – your call will be forwarded. Please note that it might take longer than usual to answer your call. If we cannot answer the call right away, please leave a message and we will call you back as soon as possible. You can also fill in our contact form.

Register for an intake

You can register for an intake by filling in the intake form. As soon as we received the registration, a Case Manager from Yes We Can Youth Clinics will contact you to schedule a personal intake.

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Intake interview

After your initial contact with one of our Case Managers, we normally do get a pretty good picture about the current situation and what might be needed. Admission, however, can only take place after a full 4-hour assessment by our intake team consisting of a counsellor, psychologist and psychiatrist. During intakes, we appreciate the presence of at least one parent/carer. For legal and safety reasons, intakes are always done in the Netherlands.

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Residential treatment

Yes We Can Youth Clinics is truly a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ experience. Like we promise in our treatment video, we will be there for your child, for you and for the rest of the family, right by your side, listening and helping. Unconditionally. Like we did for thousands of other 13 to 25 year olds and their families before you. Our treatment team will do everything it takes to help realise permanent change. Both fellows and parents/carers will learn everything they need to know about the nature and impact of their behaviour. The future will be discussed extensively. How to plan, spend and use your time? What are the goals in life? What to do when facing difficulties? Together we will search for answers during a highly intensive 10-week programme.

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After completing the 10-week residential programme in the Clinic, fellows have to face the most critical phase of the treatment process. They have rebuilt self-confidence, are motivated again, feel more energetic and are ready to make new plans. At the same time, they are insecure because they may have changed, but their social environment has stayed the same. For that reason, it is essential they receive a great level of support during this period.

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Register for an intake interview

Would you like to register a teenager or young adult (aged 13-25) for a treatment at Yes We Can Youth Clinics? Please fill in our intake form and we will contact you to schedule a personal intake interview.

Intake form