Troubled: The Failed Promise of America’s Behavioral Treatment Programs

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Author Kenneth R. Rosen will discuss his recent critically acclaimed book, Troubled: The Failed Promise of America's Behavioral Treatment Programs, in this Zoom webinar with the SPL and Tewksbury Public Library. The book was a "New York Times" Editor's Choice; one of "Newsweek's" Most Highly Anticipated Books of the Year; and a "Bustle" Best Book of the Year. It has been optioned separately as a feature film and a docuseries.


About The Book: 

In the middle of the night, they are vanished. Each year thousands of young adults deemed out of control―suffering from depression, addiction, anxiety, and rage―are carted off against their will to remote wilderness programs and treatment facilities across the country. Desperate parents of these “troubled teens” fear it’s their only option. The private, largely unregulated behavioral boot camps break their children down, a damnation the children suffer forever.

Acclaimed journalist Kenneth R. Rosen knows firsthand the brutal emotional, physical, and sexual abuse carried out at these programs. He lived it. In Troubled, Rosen unspools the stories of four graduates on their own scarred journeys through the programs into adulthood. Based on three years of reporting and more than one hundred interviews with other clients, their parents, psychologists, and health-care professionals, Troubled combines harrowing storytelling with investigative journalism to expose the disturbing truth about the massively profitable, sometimes fatal, grossly unchecked redirection industry.

About The Author: 

Kenneth R. Rosen has written for the "New Yorker," the "New York Times Magazine", "VQR," and the "Atlantic." He is a contributing writer at "WIRED" and the author of "Bulletproof Vest." Kenneth spent six years at the "New York Times," his hometown newspaper. He is a two-time finalist for the Livingston Award in international reporting.

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Sponsored by the Friends of the Somerville Public Library in partnership with Tewksbury Public Library.

Start Time: 
7:00 PM
End Time: 
8:00 PM

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