PERSONAL GROWTH THROUGH RESPONSIBILITY
We believe being good to others is essential to building character and self worth. We enroll boys and instill in each of them responsibility for himself and also for helping someone besides himself, he learns the value of humility, gratitude, and compassion.
A favorite of parents, every student has to do his own laundry. Lower-level students wash their clothes by hand—ringing them out and hanging them up to dry. Higher-level students can earn the privilege of using the washing machine and eventually the dryer.
COOKING AND SERVING FOOD
Resolution Ranch has two chefs on staff. Students help the chefs prepare the food, serve their fellow students, and wash dishes. Upper-level students can earn the privilege of becoming Kitchen Captain, helping ensure the kitchen runs smoothly.
When students reach level 4, they are required to do 12 hours of community service that take place on campus or, if applicable, at home, while away from the ranch for a home visit. They can also apply this time towards any court-ordered community service requirements they may have.
KEEPING SPACES CLEAN
Students have daily morning chores that involve keeping their dorms and personal spaces clean as well as keeping public areas of the Ranch picked up and swept.
CONSEQUENCES AS LEARNING EXPERIENCES
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.
“Group” can be called at any time by any member of the community as a way to immediately address issues and vent feelings in the present moment. In group we attempt to acknowledge each other as thinking, feeling persons and identify defenses (such as denial, rationalization, projection and protection) that prevent growth and discovery.
LIFE SPACE INTERVIEWS
Twice a week, your son will participate in two Life Space Interviews with his Direct Care Worker. These mentoring sessions are a way for us discuss and assess anything your son may be feeling or going through, both personally and within the community. Life Space Interview reports are written after every interview and sent to the therapist. Your child’s Direct Care Worker and Therapist are constantly working hand-in-hand to keep informed of his progress.