Teen Trouble: Fix My Family

BBC NI (6 x 30 mins and 6 x 40 mins)

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In Teen Trouble: Fix My Family parents and teenagers confront their troubled relationships.

Across eight days in a remote mountainside setting three families are put through their paces - psychologically, physically and emotionally. Each family is forced to come together, sometimes using physical activities where they have to help each other. The families are pushed together, enabling them to talk to each other and communicate, in some cases for the first time in years. Each family gets to know each other again in a week of 'tough love'.

Providing them with the tools to do this is our crack team of therapists, psychologists and wellbeing experts. They enable both teenagers and parents to address what is at the heart of the issues they have - whether they are struggling with their behavioural issues, school worries, bullying, jealousy and feelings of inadequacy.

Team leader Amanda Hamilton works alongside expert clinical psychologists Dr Rachel Andrew and Dr Raman Kapur with each individual family, helping them bond. Using intimate counseling sessions, parenting workshops, and relaxation classes they face challenges that push them all to the limits and beyond. Teens and parents live together, eat together, and work on tasks together. The family dynamic is key. They find the time and space to talk to each other and examine their problems.

They laugh together and cry together.

It's a back-to-nature fix that takes them all so far out of their comfort zones that they ultimately only have one place to fall back on - the family.

See here for more information: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01nhspy