Residential Therapeutic Schools and
Programs: Proven Effective

One year after discharge, the results of this study continue to indicate for the majority of parents and teens who attended a residential program, it was the right decision, effectively providing both immediate and lasting benefits to the teens and families involved.

Will my child improve while attending a residential school or program?

Based on the results of this independently conducted study, residential therapeutic schools and programs are effective for helping teens and families.

Will the progress my child has made while attending the program continue upon returning home?

Parents and teens indicated that the programs provide the high impact, positive results families need to create better lives and stronger family relationships and these results last.


What Parents and Their Teens Told Researchers:

a graph showing success at Turn-About Ranch

Upon Admission to the Program

The majority of teens entering the program were experiencing
emotional problems that minimized the individual’s own control
of their feelings. Teens were often experiencing high levels of:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Attention Problems

One Year After Discharge

Teens and parents both reported the emotional issues the teen
experienced were normal. In other words, they were behaving just
like any other typical teenager.

Why This May Be Important To You:

programs helped teens to develop stronger

emotional well-being.

They provided teens with the confidence to help resist peer pressure and other outside influences.


What Parents and Their Teens Told Researchers:

Upon Admission to the Program

Teens were exhibiting common behaviors including:

Rule breaking
One Year After Discharge

Student’s behavior diminished to ‘normal’ levels reflecting a
typical teenager.

Why This May Be Important To You:

Most teens admitted to a program were demonstrating behaviors that were directly impacting both themselves and others. One year later, teens were far more cooperative, with their negative behaviors diminished to ‘normal’ levels.


What Parents and Their Teens Told Researchers:

Upon Admission to the Program

Teens and their families were showing signs of serious trouble:

  • Poor family relationships
  • Ineffective family communications
  • Noncompliance with family rules
  • One Year After Discharge

Positive changes occurred for the whole family:

  • Improved family relationships
  • Better communication
  • Better compliance with rules

Why This May Be Important To You:

There was significant improvement in family relationships and family communication as a result of therapeutic schools and programs. Families are generally living better lives today because of their decision to enroll in an program.

Read the entire study here (Acrobat Reader Required)

Read the initial Study of Private Residential Treatment Programs.


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- Hopeful in Nebraska, May 2021

"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."

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- 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

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