Running Toward A Better Future

Running Toward a Better Future When Dan Miner was in high school, he ran on the track and cross country team. He was never very good at it, but that didn’t matter to Dan. What mattered was that running gave him a chance to clear his head. Not only that, being on the track team…

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Learning to Play Basketball Helps Prepare Boys for Success in Life

Learning to Play Basketball Helps Prepare Boys for Success in Life Cole Archuleta has worked at Discovery Ranch for Boys for almost three years. For most of that time, he has helped with coaching sports. Cole has a lot of experience with sports. Outside the ranch, Cole coaches a high school football team, a little…

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Wrestling with Challenges

Wrestling with Challenges   As a school for troubled youths, most of the students have already confronted their share of critics before they walk through the doors of Discovery Ranch for Boys (DRB). Many of our students’ worst critics are themselves. Their past experiences and failures make them hesitant to try difficult or new things.…

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Internet Addiction

Internet Addiction   The internet can be a valuable tool that allows people to expand their world. For some troubled teens, the internet can become a way of escaping the real world. Internet use can even become an addiction. A growing body of research suggests that internet addiction is not only real, but it also…

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Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE)

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE)   While not every troubled teen has a troubled history, traumatic events that happened during childhood do affect a child’s developing brain and contribute to the type of teen that the child will become. Because Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) significantly affect the way that people grow and develop, exposure to ACE…

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Moving from Trauma to Healing with EMDR

Dorothy Ah Quin always knew that she wanted to help people. She began her career as a high school teacher, where she taught history and special education. While still teaching, Dorothy earned Masters of Art in Educational Counseling, and shortly after her Clinical Mental Health License. She continued to teach for several years after completing…

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Mental Health Disorder Help

Mental Health Disorder Help By Maia Christopherson   When someone becomes sick, they see their doctor in order to understand what is wrong with their body and how to get better. If they don’t take care of their body, their sickness can become worse and cause serious problems. We want our bodies to be healthy…

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Challenging Negative Self-Talk

4 Strategies for Challenging Negative Self-Talk By Trenna Ahlstrom   You are worthless. No one likes you. You can’t do it. You shouldn’t even try.   Comments that you would not tolerate hearing from other people might be a regular part of the way that you think about yourself. Parents of struggling teens may be…

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Love Yourself First?

Love Yourself First? by Trenna Ahlstrom “Before you can love others, you have to first love yourself.” It’s common advice. You can hear it in TED Talks. You can read it on motivational posters. Maybe you have even heard it coming out of the mouths of well-meaning friends. But is it true? Should you love…

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