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.


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

Turn-About Ranch

280 N 300 E.
Escalante, UT 84726
(800) 842-1165