Turn-About Ranch: Residential Treatment for Teens on a Working Ranch

At Turn-About Ranch, our principles have allowed us to positively impact the lives of each one of our students and their families. Turn-About Ranch has been set apart from other adolescent programs in the United States because of these high standards, and we continually strive to provide top-notch care as a result.

We take the traditional treatment models used to help troubled youth develop into effective individuals and combine it with something more unique – a real, working cattle ranch. While on the ranch, students learn about concepts like leadership, teamwork, accountability and responsibility and are afforded the opportunity to parlay their learnings into a real-world environment. Through their work on the ranch, students reap the many benefits of successfully completing tasks in the appropriate manner and handling the consequences that arise as a result of negligence.

At Turn-About Ranch, our students will experience the following:

They will work hard. During their time at Turn-About Ranch, our students will work hard. Through participating in projects that have real value and can benefit both themselves and their community, students will develop a strong work ethic that they can apply to their every day life. When a project is completed, our students can step back and realize how their contribution to the ranch has positively impacted the community as a whole.

They will be challenged to achieve. In many instances, our students will be challenged in ways that they did not feel that they were capable of. However, when provided with the appropriate support from staff members, therapists and teachers, they can begin reaping success that will help them develop their true potential.

They will be held accountable. We make sure that students understand the importance of responsibility, therefore we make it a point to hold them accountable for any and all shortcomings during their treatment. Even though we provide this type of care, it is often unnecessary as most students begin replicating the actions of other students, which usually include the development of a strong inner drive that can quickly become more powerful than any reward or punishment.

They exert themselves. Our students work hard while on the ranch and often exert themselves physically. However, we still strive to pay attention to the academic and emotional needs of our students, allowing us to help them apply what they have learned on the ranch to a classroom setting. By putting learned skills to work, our students can build self-confidence in all areas of their treatment.