Juvenile Firesetter Intervention Program
What you can expect of this program:
Honesty - Sometimes it may be difficult to hear "brutal
truth" about your child's behavior, but open, honest
communication is necessary.
Sincerity - We want to assist you with your problem.
Confidentiality - Except when required by law, all
communications and information gathered through the program is held
in strict confidence.
What this program will not do for you:
Instantly "cure" your child's fire setting behavior
- We will attempt to identify the root cause or causes of your
child's behavior. Many times the cause has existed for a long period
of time and cannot be changed quickly.
Scare your child into ceasing his or her behavior - Most of
the time fire play is a symptom of a much deeper problem or even
simple curiosity. Scare tactics are ineffective in eliminating the
cause and serve to mask the symptom, only to have the behavior
resurface later. Education and/or counseling can set the child on
the right path.
Counsel your child to deal with mental health issues - We are
not trained mental health counselors. Sometimes children and
families need professional counselors to help them resolve
What this program expects of you:
Honesty - We need to know intimate details to accurately
assess the root cause of your child's fire setting behavior.
Participation - Your participation is necessary to help your
child overcome his or her dangerous behavior. Your child needs your
support and guidance in this time of self-examination and
Commitment - We expend a great deal of effort to identify the
cause of your child's behavior and educate him or her regarding fire
safety and other developmental issues. We need your commitment to
work with us and your child to achieve a successful outcome.