Trapped in Treatment Education & Advocacy, Investigative

Hosted By: Caroline Cole and Rebecca Mellinger
Produced By: iHeartRadio and Paris Hilton

Trapped in Treatment is a docu-style podcast series that examines and exposes the dark secrets of the “Troubled Teen Industry.” Hosted by Caroline Cole and Rebecca Mellinger, the podcast weaves together personal accounts with historical detail and expert opinions to shine a light on what really happens at behavior modification centers and how this multi-billion dollar industry has flourished for so long.

Trapped in Treatment Podcast Host:

Caroline Cole is a journalist and filmmaker who has been covering the troubled teen industry for over a decade. She is the author of the book Troubled: The True Story of the Troubled Teen Industry.

Rebecca Mellinger is a journalist who has reported on a variety of topics, including education, criminal justice, and mental health. She is the co-host of the podcast Uncovered.

Praise from Listeners*:

  • Personal Stories: Listeners have been deeply moved by the personal stories of the survivors, who have shared their experiences of abuse in a raw and honest way. These stories have helped to humanize the issue of abuse in behavior modification centers and to show the real-world impact of this abuse.
  • In-depth Reporting: The investigative reporting, which exposes the truth about what really happens at behavior modification centers as well as new information about the troubled teen industry has been consistently praised by listeners.
  • Expert Interviews: The podcast has also featured interviews with experts on the troubled teen industry, who have helped to explain why this abuse is allowed to happen. These experts have shed light on the factors that contribute to abuse in these facilities, and they have offered suggestions for how to prevent this abuse from happening in the future, which listeners appreciate.

Criticisms from Listeners*:

  • Biased Approach: The podcast has been criticized for focusing too much on the negative aspects of the troubled teen industry. Some people have argued that the podcast does not give a balanced view of the industry, and that it only focuses on the stories of abuse.
  • Limited Industry Representation: The podcast has also been criticized for not being representative of the entire troubled teen industry. Some people have argued that the podcast only focuses on a small number of facilities, and that it does not give a fair representation of the industry as a whole.

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