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.
Turn-About Ranch was wonderful for helping my daughter. The staff is great to the kids and she is getting the help she needs. While visiting at mid-term I was very pleased with the ranch staff was so great. And my daughter was so excited to show us around and meet everyone that works there. – Rene S. (Google Reviews)
My son was struggling and TAR helped him and gave him life skills. He is home now and doing amazing! Not to say there are always bumps in the road, but this facility is one that works.- Sandra Baker, August 2021
At TAR, doing real work, solving real problems daily was the game-changer... My son has learned how to express his feelings more frequently. He listens more carefully and expects to be listened to. He has come to understand the benefits and value of hard work... We have a long way to go. But we have more positives and more potential to move forward on a positive trajectory than we have had in many years... I firmly believe none of his would have happened without TAR.- Robi Robichaud, August 2021
We sent our son to Turn-About and I can't say enough good things about this program. The first time I spoke with them they actually gave me some things that they thought I could do at home to possibly work through our issues and not have to use the program! I was immediately impressed that they were concerned with my son and not just selling an enrollment. My son learned so much there and loved all of the staff members. They put their hearts and souls into helping the kids that are there... They gave us a ton of resources to make sure we keep the momentum and have a smooth transition back to home life... It was life changing for everyone of my family members that were involved.- Anthony Detrick, July 2021
This place has made all the difference, and saved our 16 year old daughter’s life. Previous counseling, hospitalization, and medications did not work, and we were about to give up on her. She’s come out of this program strong, honest, and positive with herself, and future. The people employed at the ranch are caring, genuine, and simply put, one of a kind. Thank you, for giving us our daughter back.- P. Bell, July 2021
My 14 year old daughter graduated from Turn-About Ranch about 2 months ago and is the best she has ever been... I am beyond grateful that her journey led her to the people who are so gracious, patient, and brutally honest... This is where the most effective therapy took place for her… where she learned to turn suggested tools/ideas/concepts into action and have her eyes opened to new better ways of shaping her perspective, relationships, communication, and living life by higher morals and values... this [program] does it right! ...My daughter loves them, misses them and wants to visit on her one year anniversary… but she doesn’t want to return as a resident either… it’s really brilliant!- AJ Trainer, July 2021