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WHO WE HELP

We are a therapeutic boarding school for teen boys 13-17 that offers solutions for academic and behavioral issues like teen defiance, anger management issues, and more. Our philosophy is built around recovery and academics through nature, counseling and healing – the Resolution R.A.N.C.H. method of helping teen boys find hope.

Scott McGarrahan

“The kids come here very lost and now they’re positive members of society. They’re contributing in a good way to their family and the people around them.

Scott McGarrahan, Former NFL Player, Resolution Ranch Founder

NURTURING A BRIGHTER FUTURE

Our therapeutic boarding school offers a nurturing environment where teenage boys 13-17 can find unconditional support and guidance. If your child is suffering from behavior issues, or depression or is making choices that cause harm to himself or others, we are here to help. Since 2004, we’ve been here to help boys suffering from a variety of personal issues, especially including:

  • Self-destructive behavior and thoughtless attitudes

  • Failing in school, or school expulsion

  • Addictions and drug use

  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD)

We also help boys with behavioral issues such as:

  • Entitlement issues

  • Lack of respect

  • Hostility towards family and authority

  • Irresponsibility

  • Lack of motivation

  • Low self-esteem

  • Becoming withdrawn

  • Falling with the wrong crowd

  • Unmanageable behavior

  • Living outside family norms and values

  • Video game and online addictions

Some Issues are Outside Our Expertise:

For the safety of our staff and other students, boys with severe mental or aggression issues should seek professional help elsewhere. This includes boys who are:

  • Actively suicidal

  • Harming animals

  • Diagnosed with conduct disorders

  • Committing arson

  • Committing acts of severe aggression

HOW IT WORKS

We combine Equine Therapy, Clinical Therapy and Academics in five levels of achievement with a goal of initiating personal growth in a boarding school setting.

THE R.A.N.C.H. PROCESS HELPS TEEN BOYS THRIVE

As boys progress through the program, they make their way through the five levels of growth that make up our effective R.A.N.C.H. system: Recovery and Academics through Nature, Counseling, and Healing. Our philosophy is based on a commitment to personal growth through the teaching of values, responsibility, and respect. We employ this philosophy in every aspect of our program, which combines Equine Therapy, Clinical Therapy, and Academics in a therapeutic boarding school setting. 

LEVEL 1: RANCH HANDS

This introduction period focuses on respect, communication and expectations; students learn about the program while therapists learn about the students.

LEVEL 2: CATTLE MEN

Students and therapists identify the issues they’d like to work on and establish goals during this time focused on discovery and new beginnings.

LEVEL 3: ROPERS

Students in level three—which is considered a turning point for deeper therapy, change, and humility— have demonstrated an ability to make wise decisions and are expected to utilize skills like leadership and anger management.

LEVEL 4: WRANGLERS

During this time, students focus on relationships and making amends, while a proven willingness to grow and help others often leads to an increase in independence and confidence.

LEVEL 5: COWBOYS

The last level of our program is a period of reflection and affirmation; students reexamine their journey and develop a plan to continue their commitment to a better future.

For a full description of each level, download our parent packet.

MOVING UP PROGRAM LEVELS

Level work is the foundation of our program. It consists of written assignments each student works on three times per week, designed to foster self-reflection and accountability. To move up a level, a student must first take initiative, decide he’s ready, and obtain approval signatures from staff. Your child will then receive feedback from his community of peers and be voted up. Residents must progress through all levels in order to graduate our program.

PRODUCTIVE CHOICES

Rules and responsibilities bring necessary structure to life at the Ranch. However, in the event a student’s behavior requires disciplining, we do so through learning experiences intended to encourage a student to reflect on his actions and their consequences. Learning experiences may include: extra duties/chores, insight writing assignments, talk ban, loss of privileges, or productive work.

Learn about Equine Therapy

As the day winds to a close, the quiet time after dinner is perfect for reflection. Many students choose to work on their journaling in the evenings, while others come together in groups to discuss their progress. NA meetings, for students dealing with substance abuse, are held during this time, as are Productive Choices meetings. An optional spiritual development class is available to students as well.

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