parent participation

Parental Participation

Discovery Ranch strives to heal your family as a whole. You and your son will rebuild your relationship with weekly family therapy, family visits, and Parent Day activities. Also, you will 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.

Weekly Family Therapy

You and your son will have weekly therapy sessions led by a certified, experienced therapist. We will arrange therapy sessions around your schedule. They will take place over the phone or via video conferencing. The therapy sessions will focus rebuilding relationships and reestablish or improving positive, respectful communication. These family therapy sessions have been vital to helping many families restore their bonds.


When his therapist thinks you and your son are both ready, you will be invited to visit your son at the ranch. You will both have the full support of our staff in a secure environment. After a successful on-campus visit, you and your son will progress to less structured visits. The visits will transition to off-campus visits, then overnight stays, and finally home visits. Because the visits become gradually less structured, both you and your son will feel comfortable with each new step in the process. 

Parent Days

Generally, Parent Days take place in February, June, and October. They are a great opportunity for you and your son to reconnect. You will be able to join in some of the activities our students enjoy. You will learn more about our program, and meet our staff. Furthermore, you will be invited to seminars designed to give you insight into your son's behavior. As a result, you gain a deeper understanding of our program and learn new parenting skills. 

Online Portal

Visit the online Parent Portal
You will have access to a private, password-secured internet portal. The Parent Portal lets you check your son's therapeutic and academic progress. In addition, you will be able to see pictures from special events and daily activities. This information is only available to parent of each student. Also, you are encouraged to send questions or comments to the Discovery Ranch staff via the portal. Consequently, you will always be an informed, active participant in your son's recovery.