Research shows one of the biggest predictors of a teen’s success after completing a program is the extent to which their families are involved in the treatment process before discharge (Hair, Heather 2005 Outcomes for Children and Adolescents after Residential Treatment: A Review of Research from 1993-2003). We ask teens to do difficult things every day to drive their change process and expect parents to do their work as well. It takes courage to become vulnerable, admit imperfections and more importantly to work towards change. There are few things as motivating to a teen as seeing their parents share things they are working on as well. At Turn-About Ranch parents will participate in weekly sessions with their child’s therapist to identify and work on parenting strengths and weaknesses. Where indicated, a therapist may recommend that parents see a therapist of their own while their teen is enrolled at Turn-About Ranch. We work with parents to help them assess their communication and parenting styles and understand how they mesh with their child’s personality. We update parents weekly on their child’s progress and give assignments to help parents grow, increase in understanding of their child’s issues, overcome past obstacles, and become more confident in their parenting.
About midway through the program, parents come to the ranch for a visit. They will participate in family sessions with their child and therapist. Together, they will experience; family sculptures, ropes course, equine therapy, and other activities developed with the express intent of helping parents create a plan and prepare to bring their child home.
Additionally, parents participate in workshops and sessions when they come for their teen’s graduation. Free time is built into the midterm and grad experiences to provide opportunity to re-build parent/child relationships, practice parenting skills and for teens to demonstrate the changes and skills they have learned during their time with us.
"TAR was wonderful for helping my daughter. Staff is great to the kids and she is getting the help she needs. While visiting at mid term I was very pleased with ranch staff was so great. And my daughter was so excited to show us around and meet everyone that works there. I got nothing but positive feedback from my daughter. Thank you turnabout ranch."- Rene Stepanian
"Absolutely recommend this program without a doubt. I was a frustrated mother at a breaking with a struggling teenager that hit rock bottom. Without this program in our life, I don't know if I would have ever seen his smiling face again. I can't say enough about the staff, counseling and program itself. Don't listen to the negativity with reviews, I didn't. It was a tough decision but thank God every day I trusted my gut and the program. I have my son back and yes it's a tough structured program but all in a good way, the way it needs to be. He needed a drastic measure and TAR exceeded my expectations. Worth every penny. Thank you!!!"- Amanda J. Miller
"TAR saved my daughter's life ~ She is now happy, very successful and I owe so much of that to them!"- Wendy Werner
"My daughter was at Turn About Ranch. This program not only saved her life but also United us as a family. It was the most humbling experience of my life and leaving her was the hardest thing I ever had to do. Getting her back - as she was before she got into trouble - was the most rewarding and amazing thing. It’s the end result that makes the process worth while. The staff was so wonderful. They made this experience easier to go through. Michelle and Lorie keep me posted on my daughters initial days then the weekly posting of her progress gave me strength. The staff made such an impression on my daughter that she wants to continue a relationship with them. Her therapist called weekly and never held back on setting her father and I straight. This program is not only for our children but for the entire family. Don’t hesitate! This program will work if all efforts are made by both the parents and child. Totally worth it. My daughter is now home and in private school and putting her life back together day by day. It’s a blessing to know Turn About Ranch is still there if we need them. Very happy mom in San Diego."- Julissa Hernandez
"This place made me a successful human being."- Bo Farnsworth