Therapy is important to the overall change process for parents and teens alike. However, most teens struggle with typical outpatient therapy; becoming fairly skilled at manipulating therapists in the standard “50-minute hour.” The customary, “sit on the couch and tell me how you feel” approach is very rarely the most effective way to work with troubled teens.
At Turn-About Ranch, our goal is to help teens recognize that therapists are not the enemy and the therapeutic process can be helpful in achieving positive lasting change. Our approach is to combine weekly private sessions taking place outdoors, on the basketball court, on a hike, or in the office as well as integrate therapy into everything we do. Teens participate in weekly individual and group counseling sessions as well as work with their therapist on ranch projects. We not only want to follow our therapeutic impressions in session, but also see how the teen is functioning with their peers, in school, equine therapy, and all aspects of their life here at the program. This helps staff and therapists alike to get a more accurate picture of your child’s overall improvement. Being able to talk about coping skills is not enough; teens need to be able to demonstrate their behavioral change through effectively managing themselves and their responsibilities. This minimizes the chance for manipulation or “faking it”. Many parents ask “how do I know this change is real?” The best answer is to observe behaviors; how teens act when they think no one is looking and how consistent they are from day to day. The daily activities on the ranch provide the perfect canvas for observing real, lasting change.
Group therapy is an opportunity for teens to learn from each other. It gives each teen a chance to openly talk about issues they struggle with, ask for feedback on progress, and learn from peers who are further along in the program. Adolescents also have opportunities to lead groups on topics they have mastered as they progress through the program. This helps lock in concepts and allows them to act as leaders and mentors for others. Teens also participate in daily goal-setting groups where they assess their progress through self-evaluation and set goals for improvement. Those more advanced participate in leadership groups as well. These co-ed groups provide an opportunity for students to improve leadership and communication skills, work together to find solutions to leadership obstacles, practice healthy non-sexual male/female interactions, give back by inspiring peers, and prepare for a successful transition home.
"In a time of turmoil with our child and researching a facility, hands down we couldn’t have found a better place. A big part of our decision was made by talking to past parents."- 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."- 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