“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
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)
Lack of respect
Hostility towards family and authority
Lack of motivation
Falling with the wrong crowd
Living outside family norms and values
Video game and online addictions
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:
Diagnosed with conduct disorders
Committing acts of severe aggression
This introduction period focuses on respect, communication and expectations; students learn about the program while therapists learn about the students.
Students and therapists identify the issues they’d like to work on and establish goals during this time focused on discovery and new beginnings.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.