Turn-About Ranch is a year-round therapeutic boarding school that accepts students ages 13-17. It offers a unique residential program for troubled teenagers on a self-destructive path. Turn-About Ranch is located in Utah next to the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument and national forest, and minutes away from Capitol Reef National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, and several state parks.
Real Change at a Real Ranch with Real Values
At the Ranch, teens discover the great rewards of working within a family of people, developing trust toward one another, and earning respect. Real change happens on this historic horse and cattle ranch as students learn the value of a day's work, cooperation with others, and compassion toward their fellow man.
The uniqueness of the working cattle ranch as a residential treatment program is the staff working side-by-side with the students to accomplish the tasks that need to be done, while building strong relationships and teaching the students real life skills. The ranch takes the students out of their environment of television, music, and video games and gets them excited about the natural environment, excited about learning, and excited about their physical and mental capabilities.
Turn-About Ranch Residential Treatment Program is a high impact program for struggling teenagers between the ages of 13-17. If your teen is rebellious, self-centered, hostile toward authority, and refuses to follow the rules, work hard, and achieve in school, Turn-About Ranch provides a powerful and highly effective adolescent residential treatment program that will remold and turn around their lives.
Through consistent correction of negative behaviors and encouragement of positive behaviors in this down to earth ranch environment, the seedling of a new, "turned about" life emerges.
Turn-About Ranch has experience in the treatment of the following diagnoses and behaviors:
- Abuse (physical, emotional, or sexual)
- Adjustment Disorder
- Anxiety Disorder
- Attachment Disorder
- Attention/Hyperactivity Disorders
- Bi-Polar Disorder
- Eating Disorder
- Impulse Control Disorders
- Oppositional Defiant Disorder
- Parent-Child Relational Problem (including adoption)
- Personality Disorder
- Sleep Disorder
- Somatoform or Factitious Disorders
- Substance Addictions or Related Disorders
- Tic Disorder
- Tourette’s Disorder
- Trauma including PTSD
- Learning Disabilities
Some behaviors that would preclude treatment at Turn-About Ranch:
- Aggressive behaviors that could put other students or staff at risk
- Serious Active Eating Disorder
- Active Suicide attempts
- Sexual perpetrator behaviors
- Students whose psychotropic medication regimen is not stable
- Psychotic Behaviors
Turn-About Ranch does not utilize any government funding source. This means students at Turn-About Ranch are neither court adjudicated students nor are they students whose families are no longer involved. Parents place students directly or with assistance from Clinical Professional or Educational Consultants.
The academic program at Turn-About Ranch is a fully functioning high school and middle school, accredited through Northwest Association of Accredited Schools.
The program offers credit in the following subject areas:
- Science: Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry
- English: English 7 - 12, Literature, Creative Writing
- Social Studies: US History I & II, World History I & II, World Geography, US Government, Economics, Psychology, Sociology
- Math: Basic Math, Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry
- Physical Education through the Horsemanship Program, hikes and team sports
Turn-About Ranch's unique environment allows the students to reach their full potential by using a wide variety of learning techniques. For example, classes will use visual learning, audio learning, interpersonal relationships, and the natural environment. In this way students are able to discover skills other than just reading comprehension to broaden their learning capabilities.
The educational program at Turn-About Ranch is unique in that it is individualized for each student and uses real life experiences. The Academic Director creates an Individualized Academic Plan using information gathered from the student, the parents, and the sending school counselor to determine the needs of the student.
Once-a-week sessions with a professional counselor are not always an effective intervention by itself, so at Turn-About Ranch therapy takes place every day throughout the entire program. The clinical team consists of professional therapists who are responsible for the treatment planning and progress of each student, conducting individual, group, and family sessions, maintaining contact with parents on a weekly basis, and conducting mid-term and graduation visits with families.
All the other staff are trained and experienced in supporting the clinical team, and communication takes place to make sure activities and projects are set up that will help students work towards their goals on a daily basis. An example of this may include a stubborn horse being assigned to a student who is stubborn and not willing to listen to or work with others. This theme is carried out through the entire program, which means changes are not just talked about, but put into practice to create lasting change.
Please call our 24-hours admissions helpline for more information: 877-830-7020
Page last updated Jun 03, 2011