Turn-About Ranch – Residential Treatment for Teens on a Working Ranch
Real Ranch. Real Values. Real Change.
Few images capture the imagination more strongly than that of the American Cowboy – this powerful icon of the American West captivates and inspires teens who have become jaded and hostile toward authority. The Ranch setting takes defiant teens, ages 13-17, out of their comfort zone and reminds them that success is achieved through teamwork and cooperation, not through entitlement and manipulation. They learn that while they might feel entitled to get what they want, when they want it, in the real world rewards come through dedication and hard work.
Turn-About Ranch differs from typical residential treatment centers for troubled teens because it values action not just talk. Your teen participates in therapy and goes to school, but they also participate in the daily running of the ranch. They feed the chickens at dawn and bring the cattle in before dusk. These real life experiences enhance the therapeutic process – we put behavioral changes in action, which is much more effective than just talking about changing behavior. 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 your child learns the value of a day’s work, cooperation with others, and compassion toward their fellow man.
We talk a lot about values at Turn-About Ranch. Real values are something teens often forget or ignore as they get caught up in popularity contests, the desire to get the latest gadgets, and the hunger to seem “cool” to their peers.
We teach traditional Christian ethics and morals of honesty, openness, respect, teamwork, and accountability and remind them how important these values are to their success.
Academics are achieved while at Turn-About Ranch. We are accredited through the Northwest Accreditation Commission and can offer up to 4.5 semester credits within the 100-day average stay.