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How can we discover what’s going on with your son?

The Warning Signs Checklist is a quick way for you to get an initial assessment of what’s going on with your son. The information in this list has been accumulated through thousands of conversations with parents who eventually put the signs together, like a jigsaw puzzle, and found that their son was in need of professional help. At the end of the checklist, you’ll find instructions to go further in your search should you decide that you need to do so.

The following Warning Signs are indicators of potentially dangerous situations.  If you answer yes by checking the box to several warning signs, it is probable that your son’s life is headed in the wrong direction. It is up to you to determine the severity of his situation and decide what action is appropriate. Capstone wants to help you in this process. This page, as well as the Online Assessment below, the Frequently Asked Questions Videos, the Parent Reference Lists and the rest of this website, is Capstone’s effort to assist parents in determining what level of response is appropriate for their son.  There are three basic responses that fit the needs of most parents who use this tool:  

  1. The son’s needs are relatively mild and can be met by the family without professional help, either by stronger and clearer boundaries, more time together, etc.
  2. The son’s needs require outpatient therapy.
  3. The son’s needs demand that he gets “out of the loop” of his peer environment so he can have the protective shield and intensive therapy that residential treatment provides.

Of the hundreds of parents who have filled out our online assessment and then decided to admit their son to Capstone, virtually all of them later discovered that the problem went much deeper than originally thought. It’s a “tip-of-the-iceberg” situation, if you will.

Examples include:

  • a secret double life of misbehavior like pornography, drug/alcohol abuse, etc.;
  • a life's direction that is headed for failure or catastrophe in school, relationships, extra curricula activities, legal trouble, and relationship with God;
  • chemical and process compulsions and/or addictions;
  • more hurts than known or understood by parents including sexual abuse, bullying, rejections, deaths of friends or family;
  • coping responses to trauma such as self-harm and/or self-sabotage;
  • or a set of symptoms rooted in deep despair.

Sometimes, warning signs are a son’s cry for help...

Every time, they are proof of your son’s need for help!

  • Please request and contact parents from multiple Parent Reference Lists and ask them about their experience with their son and with Capstone.

Check the following Warning Signs that fit your son:

  • Check the following Warning Signs that fit your son: