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Discovery Ranch

1308 S 1600 W 
Mapleton, UT 84664


Clinton Dorney


Boys and Girls

Call admissions department for current tuition.

12 to 18 months

Discovery Ranch is a high end residential estate nestled at the foot of the Wasatch Mountains. With two homes on twenty acres, ten miles South of Provo Utah, Discovery Ranch offers the wide-open space of country living, and the benefits of a metropolitan area.

Learning from the experience of Discovery Academy and RedCliff Ascent, Discovery Ranch is the first RTC in the industry to offer clinically intensive care with the foundation being experiential therapy. Equine therapy in a Kentucky Derby style facility, growing vegetables in a greenhouse, nursing day old calves by hand, exercising in a full gymnasium and participating on high and low ropes course apparatus describe just a few of the therapeutic activities students will be involved in, side by side, with their therapist and residential staff. Because students attend school in the late afternoon and evening, therapists have full access to the students during the day. This allows the therapists the freedom and creativity to be involved with the students in therapeutic activities throughout the campus without the distraction of pulling students from class.

Following the example of Discovery Academy, where students score above the National Average on SAT and ACT scores, students at Discovery Ranch participate in a teacher driven, student paced school. This model is not to be confused with gIndependent Studyh or gPacketh type courses offered in other programs.

The program accepts students struggling with one or more of the following issues: Depressive disorders, anxiety, suicidal ideation, self-injurious behavior, social incompetence, drug abuse, school/ADHD, family/relational issues and trauma/PTSD. The program says students presenting one or more of the following issues are not clinically appropriate: Actively psychotic, long-term gang involvement, sexual perpetration, acute medical illness, serious assaultive behavior or conduct

When a student enters Discovery Ranch their educational needs are fully assessed. Students begin their program by taking the CTBS (Comprehensive Test of Basic Skills), and they take the same test upon discharge. This test usually takes two or three school days for each student to complete. Upon completion a student SEP (Student Education Plan) is created.

The student SEP shows his or her competency in each subject. The student may enter the program having missed the majority of 10 th grade. The CTBS lets us know the student is scoring at 10 th grade 8 th month in English and 9 th grade 9 th month in Math. So, the student will attend English class and math class and work on the subject matter appropriate for their level, from standard textbooks used to teach the core curriculum for the State of Utah. There is a teacher in each class, working with the students. Each textbook chapter is literally pulled apart and we then call them concepts. The student is then assigned the corresponding concept/chapter. This provides the student a manageable piece of information to master. (As opposed to a full textbook for each subject.) Each student is required to pass each concept with an 80% score or higher before they can move on.

This method of teaching allows the students to receive personal attention from the teacher, catch up and move ahead if needed, or move at their own pace and not become discouraged. This is the teaching method for all subjects, supplemented with teacher presentations and full classroom instruction. Advanced Placement is also available.

The majority of teachers are master level. Discovery Ranch is currently accredited by the Northwest Association of Colleges and Schools and follows a full course curriculum as outlined by the Utah State Office of Education for public schools.

The school day is 3:30pm to 8:30pm with Friday reserved as the gExperiential Dayh. This experiential learning is required to complete all coursework. Regular teaching is augmented by the Friday experiential learning, which includes traditional school activities such as:

Field trips
Guest and teacher lectures (with note taking)
Group learning
Oral presentations
Study skills
Based on the CTBS entrance and exit testing, the Discovery Ranch education department has had unique success in assisting the individual students in:

Developing organizational skills
Improving textbook and note taking skills
Increased reading comprehension and reading competency
Improved reading speed and conceptualization
Increased vocabulary and spelling competency
Improved extraction of information through research
Increased student self- confidence and self-esteem
Increased interest in college and vocational schools after high school
Other benefits include:

Individualized teacher-student interaction
Career interest and college exploration
With Discovery Ranch set up as an experiential campus, and the school day taking place in the afternoon and evening, the students are available during the day to the therapists, and are not being pulled out of class for therapy. Our expectation is that the therapist will go and find the student and interact with them gout and abouth wherever the students are. This type of setting and culture is deliberately set up to foster and allow creativity on the part of our therapists in working with the students.

Many programs have experiential activities, however Discovery Ranch is a comprehensive program, integrating clinical and real life experience, for example:

¡Feeder Calves (taking care of a newborn calf)
¡Equine Therapy
¡High and Low Ropes Course
¡Quilt Tying (each student makes their own comforter)
¡Community Service (working with handicapped children, helping at homeless shelter, and other gForget About Meh projects)
¡Make a Difference Day (crocheting quilts for homeless shelters and Primary Childrenfs Hospital)
¡Life Skills/Goal Setting/Daily Planners
¡Yard Work (weeding and planting flowerbeds)
¡Various off campus activities (hiking, biking, running, camping, trips, etc)
¡Academic Field Trips (Fridays

Foundations of Growth
Perception of self
Life skills
The Treatment Objectives of Discovery Ranch
Healthy PERCEPTION of SELF and thinking: Using the phrase gWhatever life throws at me, I can handle it.h Discovery Ranch assists each student to discover their own identity and how they can tap into their own individual potential. Students will be able to work on and control behavior errors on the outside by examining personal thinking errors on the inside. Each student can impact their quality of life and feelings about oneself as they develop the ability to choose their own cognitive process, belief or attitude about themselves or others. We develop this by providing various activities, challenges, and experiences where they can learn, practice and internalize their own self worth.

Loving and Validating RELATIONSHIPS: True health and happiness requires love and validation. At Discovery Ranch we strive to develop within every student self-love and validation so as to eliminate destructive behaviors that tend to be love substitutes. As an individual learns to love himself or herself, they are able to develop and maintain positive relationships. Students will learn and internalize skills to properly develop and maintain relationships. We will provide each family the necessary support and therapy to assist in the development of family growth and change.

SKILLS for life: Discovery Ranch teaches and helps internalize coping skills that will be utilized to develop not only a life worth living, but, an affective and happy life. The highly experiential campus will provide an environment to practice learned skills, so as to internalize through doing.

Personal ACCOUNTABILITY: (personal integrity) Critical to adolescent growth is the development of following through or doing that which you have committed to do. Accountability breeds responsible adolescents who are able to make healthy choices. We will provide sufficient structure and mindfulness to allow a youngster to see hthe big picture,h which will allow them to make insightful choices and lasting change

Because Discovery Ranch is a small homelike environment students will receive individualized and creative treatment to meet their own personal needs. Students participate in two individual therapy sessions each week, which will often take place on the ranch in an experiential manner. All individual, family, and group therapies are facilitated by a Masters or Ph.D. level therapist.

Group therapy will take place 3-5 times per week yet will be diversified and creative. Each student participates in:

Equine Therapy
Ropes course
Process group
Specialty group (including substance abuse/addictions)
DBT skills group each week
Group therapy allows for skill building, feedback from peers, insight and perception into self, and general unity and bonding among the group.

Discovery Ranch is the most comprehensive experiential program and campus in the industry. Over fifteen years of experience have taught the founders of Discovery Ranch that memories, experiences and traditions shape lives. Our experiential focus permeates throughout our therapy, residential and academic programs which are intricately interwoven to create a unique therapeutic environment.

Experiential therapy, as many students experience in wilderness programs, creates a powerful and intense opportunity for staff and students to work side by side. Together relationships are formed, progress is made, and memories of a lifetime are created.

What is Experiential Therapy?
Experiential therapy involves not only the cognitive exchange of internal processing but includes a sensory rich and emotionally laden environment, which includes sights, smells, sounds and touch. The ranch has 20 acres of opportunities to provide a plethora of experiential activities for the students.

gWhat I hear I forget, what I see I remember, what I do I understand.h — Confucius

Many programs have experiential activities, however Discovery Ranch is a comprehensive program, integrating clinical and real life experience, for example:

Feeder Calves (taking care of a newborn calf)
Equine Therapy
Green House
High and Low Ropes Course
Therapeutic Riding
Quilt Tying (each student makes their own comforter)
Community Service (working with handicapped children, helping at homeless shelter, and other gForget About Meh projects)
Make a Difference Day (crocheting quilts for homeless shelters and Primary Childrenfs Hospital)
Life Skills/Goal Setting/Daily Planners
Yard Work (weeding and planting flowerbeds)
Various off campus activities (hiking, biking, running, camping, trips, etc)
Academic Field Trips (Fridays)

Administrative Staff
Clinton Dorny
Executive Director

Craig Smith, LCSW
Clinical Director

Leslie Giles, AAC, OLD
Residential Director

Marlene Kendall
Admissions Coordinator

Mari Allman

Matt Child, LCSW

Sherry Sheffield, LMFT

Residential Staff
Terri Miller
Girls Program Supervisor

Brock Burrows
Boys Program Supervisor

Benjamin OfBrien, M.D.

Roxann Gull

Experiential Campus
Jerry Christensen
Experiential Director
Horse Master/EAGALA certified

Don Fannon
Feeder Calf Supervisor

Residential Treatment Center


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