For the survivors please pass on this message:
1. I will NOT ever send or suggest sending a kid to a RTC. Period. End of story. Because of you, Simone, Maia [Szalavitz, Author Help At Any Cost], Nick [Gaglia, Director of Over the GW and Aaron Bacon], Kelly [Matthews, Producer of Fix My Kid], etc.
2. I am not doing any more episodes of TT nor the similar shows I've been pitched non-stop since Lifetime didn't renew their option. In the future...I'm going to focus on what to do vs what not to do.
3. I am truly grateful to those of you who kindly educated me about the truth.
I know you may think this is B.S. and I understand, that you have no reason to trust me. Time will show you my true motives. Which is to use what I have to help and inspire change with young people where I can.
4. I have extended an invitation to Maia, Nick, Kelly, Simone and a few others to use me as a resource in areas where I have influence. Promoting books, documentaries, etc about what's going on.
To anyone I have angered or hurt through my choice...I am truly sorry.
Here's to a new chapter,
Josh Shipp, 5/22/2013
JAN 19, 2013 - Several weeks ago, Lifetime Network aired their new reality-based TV show called Teen Trouble. The show follows "teen expert" (not an actual credential), Josh Shipp, in his quest to save strugglin youth. We follow him as he subjects the youth to grossly inappropriate, fear-based interventions in an effort to change their self-harming behavior. When his irresponsible and confrontational tactics (unsurprisingly) fail to empower the child and family to act, rather than refer families to services providing evidence-based care, Mr. Shipp instead turns to institutional placement within facilities that rely on fear-based and punitive interventions that are known to harm and abuse youth.
Help us put an end to Lifetime Network's exploitation of youth and families in need of support and care. Please sign and distribute this petition widely.