Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Recognizing the need for teen residential treatment program can be a challenging decision for parents. Here are some signs to consider:

  • Failed Outpatient Therapy: If previous attempts at outpatient therapy have been unsuccessful in addressing the child's behavioral or emotional issues, it may indicate the need for a more intensive level of care.
  • Persistent Behavioral Issues: Parents should pay attention to persistent behavioral issues at home or school that have not improved despite interventions. Waiting until a crisis occurs or until the child reaches a critical age, such as approaching 18, may delay necessary treatment.
  • Lack of Accountability: When there is a lack of accountability in therapy sessions, where the child may manipulate or avoid addressing their issues, it can signal the need for a structured environment like residential treatment. In outpatient therapy, there may be limited involvement of parents, leading to a disconnect between therapy sessions and real-life situations.
  • Resistance to Change: If the child shows resistance to change or lacks motivation to engage in therapy, despite clear signs of distress or dysfunction, it may indicate the need for a more intensive treatment approach.

Parents should not wait until a crisis occurs or until other interventions have failed before considering a residential treatment program. Recognizing persistent issues, lack of progress in therapy, and resistance to change are key indicators that may suggest the need for a higher level of care for their child.

Discovery Ranch strives to heal your family as a whole. You and your son will work to rebuild your relationship with weekly family therapy sessions, family visits, and Parent Day Seminars. You will also be able to observe your son's progress through our secure, password-protected parent portal. For many parents, this focus on parental participation is the reason they choose our program.

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The entire residential facility is designed to create a rich therapeutic and healing environment. In this experiential, safe, and supportive environment, your son will confront his challenges with the goal of healing and increasing his capacity which builds his self-confidence and self-esteem. You can be assured that your son will not confront these challenges alone. He will have the support of well-trained and experienced clinical, academic, residential, and experiential staff members. Your son will have the opportunity to build the strength and resilience he needs to thrive at home.

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Our structured environment promotes predictability and safety. This lays the groundwork for building trust and establishing positive relationships. We call this the "relational model." This structured environment teaches students the concept of cause-and-effect, that our actions have consequences. Over time as they learn these concepts, the prominence of this structure becomes less important, allowing relationships to blossom.

So rather than hindering relationships, the structure serves as a catalyst, providing clear boundaries and frameworks that foster trust and flourishing connections within a safe space.

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Relational meaning that there is a cause and effect. That our actions have consequences and effect our lives.

Relationship-based: as students grow beyond being motivated by relational means, they gain motivation, self awareness, and strength to change from the relationships they nurture in their lives.

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While at Discovery Ranch, your son will participate in a variety of outdoor activities. This will provide him with the experience of a lifetime because Utah has a natural landscape that is second to none. The ranch has the best of both worlds: a small-town atmosphere with access to world-class skiing, and outdoor activities surrounded by beautiful mountains and close to two major universities and hospitals.

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The Boys at Discovery Ranch Receive a Total of 10 to 15 Hours of Therapy Each Week.

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Therapy plays a crucial role in promoting the well-being of adolescents at Discovery Ranch. Boys at the ranch receive a total of 10 to 15 hours of therapy each week.

This consists of 10 hours of therapy that every student takes part in, including:

  • Individual therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Recreational therapy
  • Equine therapy
  • Social skills development
  • Process groups
  • Caseload intervention groups

In addition to the regularly scheduled therapy every week, each student will also have the opportunity to participate in an additional 1 to 5 hours of group therapy that is specifically designed to meet their individual needs. These personalized interventions may cover topics like:

  • healthy relationships
  • neurofeedback
  • navigating adoption and attachment
  • coping with grief and loss
  • overcoming trauma & PTSD
  • and more depending on the current needs of the students at Discovery Ranch.

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Through the calf program, teenagers are given the opportunity to develop a sense of love and responsibility by caring for calves. This program effectively transforms self-centered attitudes into an understanding of the value of hard work, sacrifice, and service. Teenagers experience a sense of achievement when their calf thrives and in the event of its passing, the program provides a structured and safe environment to deal with the emotions of loss. As the calves mature, teenagers learn about letting go and apply those lessons to their everyday life and relationships. Through this program, teenagers gain insight into concepts such as grief, attachment, and detachment, ultimately building resilience in a secure and supportive environment.

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In addition to taking part in the equine therapy and horsemanship programs, he will have access to the fully-equipped music studio. He can participate in various sports teams, such as basketball, flag football, wrestling, and cross-country running. As part of the therapeutic learning process, all boys participate in weekly ropes activities that build character and help develop lifelong skills.

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At Discovery Ranch, you don't have to worry about choosing therapy over academics. Here, academics and therapy go hand-in-hand. Your teen will be part of a small, nurturing learning community. This is possible because the academic support is highly individualized. Your teen will not have to compete for attention among thirty or more students. Here, teacher and teacher's aides teach a class of four to twelve students. Your teen will experience individualized attention every day. Discovery Ranch has successfully guided many students through high school completion and assisted in the transition to college, vocational training, and employment.

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Educational consultants play a crucial role in helping families navigate the complex process of finding the most suitable residential placement for their loved ones. These consultants are experienced professionals who work closely with families, schools, and programs across various locations, including internationally.

Here's how they can assist:

  • Expert Guidance: Educational consultants conduct thorough assessments of each family's unique needs and preferences. Drawing from their extensive experience and knowledge of various programs, they offer expert guidance to streamline the search process.
  • Time-saving: With firsthand knowledge of numerous programs, consultants can significantly reduce the time and effort families would otherwise spend researching options online. This saves families from the overwhelming task of sifting through countless programs without knowing which ones are reputable or suitable for their specific situation.
  • Advocacy: Consultants establish relationships with program staff and act as advocates for families throughout the placement process. They ensure that the chosen program aligns with the family's requirements and effectively represents their interests.
  • Accountability: Educational consultants serve as a vital third-party watchdog, holding programs accountable for their actions. If any issues arise or mistakes are made, consultants work with programs to address and rectify them promptly.

Educational consultants offer invaluable support to families during times of crisis, providing expert guidance, saving time, advocating for their needs, and ensuring accountability within the placement process. Working with a consultant can significantly enhance the chances of finding the most suitable residential placement for a loved one.

Combining quality and quantity of therapy is essential for effectively addressing the needs of sensitive teens in residential treatment. Here's how:

  • Structured Schedule: By offering therapy throughout the day, instead of competing with traditional school hours, Discovery Ranch can provide a more structured environment. This allows for consistent engagement in therapeutic activities without interruptions, leading to better outcomes.
  • Reduced Stress: Separating therapy sessions from academic classes reduces the stress and pressure on teens. With a later start to school, teens have time to process issues and prepare for the day, minimizing distractions during class time.
  • Increased Support: With staff available until late at night, RTCs can offer a higher ratio of support staff to students than required by state regulations. This means more individualized attention and support for each teen, enhancing the quality of care provided.
  • Experiential Therapy: Incorporating off-campus activities, such as equine therapy or recreational outings, allows teens to engage in experiential learning. This hands-on approach provides valuable insights into their emotions and behaviors, complementing traditional therapy sessions. It also offers a more accurate assessment of the teen's progress, as actions often speak louder than words.

The combination of quality therapy, facilitated by a structured schedule and increased support, along with the number of therapy sessions and experiential activities, enables Discovery Ranch to tailor treatment to the unique needs of sensitive teens effectively. This holistic approach fosters a supportive environment where teens can thrive and make meaningful progress towards their goals.

Discovery Ranch is renowned for its exceptional clinical services, distinguishing itself through a combination of highly experienced therapists and a comprehensive range of therapy modalities. Here's why our program stands out:

  • Experienced Therapists: Our team of therapists boasts an average of 23 and a half years of experience, making them one of the most seasoned teams in the United States. With minimal turnover, our therapists provide consistent and reliable support to our students.
  • Specialized Therapy Modalities: We offer a diverse array of therapeutic approaches to cater to the individual needs of our students. Our therapists are trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and are equipped to address trauma effectively. Additionally, we incorporate Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), a highly researched method focused on mindfulness and emotional regulation, into our treatment plans.
  • Innovative Programs: Our curriculum includes specialized classes such as the Healthy Relationships class, developed to address issues related to excessive pornography use and promote healthy relationship dynamics. Led by experienced facilitators like Brigham, these programs provide students with valuable insights and skills to navigate complex social challenges.
  • Group Therapy: Our group therapy sessions encompass various activities, including equine therapy and DBT process groups, which foster self-awareness, emotional regulation, and interpersonal skills development. These sessions are highly beneficial and complement individual therapy sessions.
  • Inclusive Approach: We recognize the diverse needs of our students, including those on the autism spectrum. Therapy modalities such as DBT have proven to be effective for individuals with autism, offering concrete skills and emotional regulation techniques that are applicable in various contexts.

Discovery Ranch offers a comprehensive and personalized approach to clinical services, with a focus on experienced therapists, specialized therapy modalities, innovative programs, and inclusivity. We are dedicated to providing effective therapeutic interventions that empower our students to achieve lasting personal growth and success.

Experiential therapy is highly beneficial for highly sensitive teens as it offers a unique approach to therapeutic intervention. Here's how it helps:

  • Getting Out of Comfort Zones: Highly sensitive teens often struggle to verbalize their emotions and may feel anxious or fearful. Experiential therapy encourages them to step out of their comfort zones and engage in hands-on activities. By facing challenges head-on, teens learn to overcome their fears and build resilience.
  • Observational Learning: Through experiential activities like climbing walls, hiking, or equine therapy, therapists can observe how teens interact with their environment and peers. These observations provide valuable insights into the teens' thought patterns, emotional responses, and interpersonal dynamics, allowing for targeted therapeutic interventions.
  • Building Confidence: As teens successfully navigate through experiential challenges, their confidence grows. Whether it's reaching the top of a climbing wall or completing a team task in equine therapy, each achievement contributes to their sense of accomplishment and self-assurance.
  • Individualized Treatment: Discovery Ranch offers a wide range of experiential activities tailored to meet the unique needs of each teen. From equine therapy and recreational outings to off-campus excursions like cross-country skiing, therapy plans are customized to address specific issues such as trauma, adoption, or substance abuse.
  • Therapist Involvement: Therapists actively participate in experiential activities alongside the teens, providing support, encouragement, and modeling healthy behaviors. This hands-on approach fosters a strong therapeutic bond and reinforces the lessons learned during the activities.

Experiential therapy at Discovery Ranch offers highly sensitive teens the opportunity to challenge themselves, learn new skills, and develop resilience in a supportive environment. By combining hands-on activities with therapist involvement and individualized treatment plans, experiential therapy promotes holistic growth and emotional well-being.