A friend of ours runs kayaking tours in the mtns for teenagers. He's an ENT and plastic surgeon, and spends all his freetime doing wilderness stuff. We told him about difficult child and he had heard of the camp where we sent him. He said it's a smart idea to send a difficult child to camp for a mo. because during a shorter time, say, a wk, they won't get the catharsis, aka independence and emotional strength they need in just a wk, and won't get rid of that "It's all your fault" thing in just a wk. I'm wondering if there's any connection with-the amt of time any of you send your kids to Residential Treatment Center (RTC) or other places, or if it's a completely diff issue. I'm thinking it's a combination of timing, distance, and skill bldg. At any rate, I'm very excited, and given the postcard that difficult child sent, it sounds like he's doing well. He is lonesome but it's not disabling.