JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Tucked away on a sprawling farm in North Jacksonville, you’ll find a sign that’ll make you wonder what goes on there. It’s on Glenn Ellison’s farm and he stands behind everything this “Camp Consequence” sign stands for.
"I have moms and dads that tell me constantly we've saved their children's life, their families, their marriages,” said Ellison, founder of the Parent Help Center.
One of them is Jon Dehner.
An audio recording of Dehner’s then 9-year-old son, Vince, says he found the Parent Help Center.
"He was disrespectful and defiant and tended to rage in tantrums at home,” Dehner said.
It got so bad, he says, his wife was threatening to leave. That’s when they called the Parent Help Center, an organization based in Jacksonville dedicated to changing not the kid, but the parent.
"If we're going to change, let's start with mom and dad,” Ellison said.
The Parent Help Center has been around for 13 years, but many don’t know it’s there. They operate mostly by word-of-mouth.
Ellison teaches a non-confrontational approach based on consistency versus screaming and fighting.
Dehner says it worked.
"A few weeks into school, his teacher emails me. She said I can't believe the change in Vince,” said Dehner.
It’s been two years since Dehner’s family first started at the center and now he credits it for not just saving his son, but his life.
“He saved our marriage and he saved Vince. I will never ever be ungrateful for that,” said Dehner.
To learn more about the program and how much it costs go to The Parent Help Center.