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.
Looking back now I can honestly that my time at Turn-About Ranch probably saved my life. They taught me about accountability, responsibility, hard work, and integrity. All lessons that have shaped my life as I’ve grown into the adult woman I am today. – Tracy 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