Turn-About Ranch offers a highly therapeutic setting for youth to address a variety of emotional / mental health needs with lasting change. This working ranch combines residential life & schooling with the benefits of an outdoor program. Real Ranch. Real Values. Real Change.
Situated among sandstone deserts and snowcapped mountains, Turn-About Ranch is a residential treatment center providing an intensive therapeutic opportunity for change. At Turn-About Ranch, students live on a real working cattle ranch that combines hard work, therapy, and academics for a truly powerful change. Just out the front door, students venture out into the pristine wilderness of the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument where they can find the space they need to turn inward, to reflect on the importance of respect, responsibility, and routine.
Key to the program, each student practices horsemanship. Under the guidance of real ranchers who have lived their whole lives riding horses, students learn the ins and outs of caring for and riding a horse. Caring for something other than themselves is life-altering for the modern teenager and it becomes a highly therapeutic routine itself. Over the course of the program, students build a strong bond with their horses and find it hard to leave.
In a typical day, students are divided up among the various ranch activities. A student will be assigned to work on the ranch or to attend our fully accredited school. Some may go on a hike or trail ride in the stunning canyon country. Most importantly, all students participate in projects every week that contribute to the functioning of the ranch. Some of these chores include splitting firewood, harvesting crops, irrigating fields, hauling hay, feeding animals and even preparing meals. As seasons change, responsibilities change with it. All of this requires great discipline in teamwork, leadership, and perseverance. Community service is another aspect of the work at Turn-About Ranch, where teens learn valuable lessons of giving back to society.
Therapy plays a crucial role. Students participate in weekly individual and group counseling sessions facilitated by highly trained and licensed therapists. At mid-term and graduation, families engage in face-to-face family therapy workshops which prepare parents for the transition home. Parents also take part in weekly counseling and phone updates with their child’s therapist. Turn-About Ranch extends therapy in a real practical way by taking it beyond discussion and putting concepts into daily practice on the ranch. Students will often experience more growth in a day on the ranch then most teens discover in a month of modern life.
Recommended by doctors and therapists and frequently featured in the media, our acclaimed program has helped thousands of young people get their lives back on track for over 25 years of business.
Let us help provide a brighter future for your child and family. Find more information about the program at our website at www.turnaboutranch.com or call us directly at 800-842-1165.
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“The Decision to send our son to Turn-About Ranch was one of our hardest decisions we had to make as a parent. Our son was overall a happy outgoing kid. Things had slowly changed with him his junior year in high school. He became obsessive over a horrible relationship he had with a girl. It was very hard on him mentally and socially. Our son was adopted at birth and I think that he always felt he needed to be accepted by everyone. The relationship with his girlfriend was unhealthy, he was always trying to please her no matter what. She told him he was worthless and tormented him on a daily basis. He was falling apart! He became more angry and irritated. His schoolwork and other relationships were slipping. My wife and I were worried and knew we needed to get him help ASAP… No matter what and no matter the cost! We did a lot of research and talked to many people. We heard about TAR through the internet and the Dr. Phil show. After many painstaking calls and talking to our son, the decision was made and we all were committed to making this work! From the beginning we knew he was safe at the ranch. That was so important to us. Everyone was great. My wife, after leaving, felt reassured that after talking to some of the kids and his therapist, he was in the right place! They contacted us that evening to let us know how he was doing. We knew it was going to be hard not talking to him on a regular basis. But it really was the best and what he needed. All the employees from the Directors, Therapist, Clinical, Teachers were really outstanding! They have all the kids’ best interest at heart… it didn’t just seem like a job to them. The ranch built up his self-confidence, Taught him how to manage his anger and frustration. His education did not suffer. He returned to start his senior year. He was able to control his emotions, focus on school. Have better relationships and planned for his future.“ -JC & RC, New York
“You’ve no doubt heard all this before, but probably never tire of hearing it again: Turn-About Ranch gave me my child back. His goal each day is not remotely related to marijuana or other drugs and alcohol. Where he admittedly planned each day around how he was going to get high, he now leaves for work at seven in the morning and spends the day helping build houses for our local chapter of Habitat for Humanity. He is working all day with adult men who are committed Christians and fabulous role models. Before Turn-About, he wouldn’t have volunteered one day to help build a house for some family he didn’t know. He wouldn’t have even gone with me to deliver lunches to the building site! Now he has his own leather carpenter’s belt with his own hammer and measuring tape!?He misses Black Jack (his horse at Turn-About Ranch) and I know he misses the staff because he has actually written about six letters in the past three weeks. Until Turn-About he hadn’t written six letters voluntarily in his entire life.?You are saving lives– not just lives of the children, but the lives of their moms and dads and brothers and sisters. Our son is blessed to have had the wisdom, counsel, guidance, and friendship of the staff at Turn-About.” –SFG, Pikeville, Kentucky????
“Yesterday was the 7th anniversary of our son’s graduation from Turn-About Ranch. There have been many success stories and failures during this period, but we think that he is still using information and tools that he was given at Turn-About Ranch to wrestle with this experience we call Life! He is a terrific person and his experience at Turn-About Ranch allowed him to see that person more clearly. Some of us may see Turn-About Ranch as the solution to the problems that have brought us to seek guidance here. Now seven years later, it’s obvious that Turn-About Ranch is only the beginning. Your staff loves and teaches each one of these precious people while they are with you and then sends them out into the cruel world again. We all hold our breath while we wait to see if the tools you’ve given them were enough to get them through the rough spots. In the end, as parents, we have to let go of them and wish them well, always being supportive with love and understanding. The reward is a call, telling about a success, or a smile when there’s happiness inside. Turn-About Ranch has touched our family with love and compassion. We think of you often and thank you for giving our son back to us. We will always support him in his life journey.” ?-JC & KC, Olympia, Washington??