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Treatment Objectives

v Find Meaning in Adversity
v Peak Brain Functioning
v Develop Healthy and Appropriate Relationships with Peers and Adults
v Adaptive Management of Daily Needs
v Competency in Managing Social Influences that Supports Sobriety
v Understand the Biological, Psychological, and Social Aspects of Addictions
v Capacity to Change: Rebound, Reorganize, Adapt to Fit Life Challenges
v Become a Personal and Peer Advocate for Positive Coping
v Ability to Seek Community Resources that Support Sobriety
v Motivation to: (a) Achieve, (b) Manage Self, (c) Help Others
v Master Skills to Solve Problems and Reach Goals
v Improve Family Functioning that Supports Recovery
v Dedication to the Value of Service to Others
v Commitment to the Principles Taught in AA/NA 12 Steps

Integrated Treatment Model:

Treatment at Falcon Ridge Ranch works to address relationship patterns that have become barriers for growth rather than resources for development. At Falcon Ridge Ranch we understand the complex biological, psychological, and social interactions between the adolescent, her family, and her social influences.  We understand that effective treatment requires more than modifying behaviors. Effective treatment demands interventions to address the underlying and complex bi-directional biological, psychological, and social patterns that fuel self defeating behaviors. We understand the necessity to build a safe, secure, and therapeutic environment where young ladies and their families can begin to heal. Please review the following treatment interventions that address the holistic needs of each our students.  

Positive Peer Culture (PPC):

PPC is a researched based residential treatment model. PPC is the foundation of our treatment milieu. PPC is founded upon strength based interventions. PPC views each student as coming with strengths and resources to make positive change. Through capitalizing on strengths and resources and engaging in change talk, each student spends more time focused on strengths, help, and solutions. The outcome for our students is that they spend more time becoming action and solution oriented.  The new found perception normalizes and redefines the presenting problem so that each group member begins to perceive solutions. The principles of PPC are designed to reinforce experience, hope, and strength.  The time and attention is given to the adoption of the values of care. 

v 90 Minute Groups, 5x a week
v 24 Hour Positive Peer Culture Milieu
v 8 to 12 Students per Student Peer Group
v 4 to 1 Student to Staff Ratio
v Community Service 

Client Centered Therapy: 

A client centered approach is a person centered approach used to address the psychological treatment needs of each of our students. The treatment process holds the following integral expectations: (a) the value of personal self worth, (b) all choices and actions take place within the context of respect for the dignity and worth of self and others, (c) a fundamental respect for a person's freedom to know, shape, and determine personal attitudes and behavior, (d) respect for the innate possession for self-determination, and (e) development of the ability to relate to self and others with a sense of personal responsibility.  

v Minimum: Weekly Individual, Family, Group, and Equine Therapy
v Individualized Treatment Plan and Interventions
v Specialized Treatment Groups (e.g., Trauma, Substance Abuse (12 steps), Adoption, Life Skills, etc)
v On Campus and Community Based AA/NA Meetings
v Licensed, Master's Level Clinicians
v Collaboratively Built Aftercare Plan

Family Systems:

The family is a survival and growth unit that provides a child's social and emotional needs.  Furthermore, a family system provides the child with the following: (a) sense of self, (b) self-esteem and self-worth, (c) a balance between autonomy and dependency as well as (d) character and moral values.  Family involvement in the treatment process is vital at FRR. A high level of family involvement is the greatest predictor for positive long term change for our students.   

v Minimum: Weekly Family Therapy Sessions
v Quarterly Family Weekends
v Individualized Family Therapy Objectives
v Therapeutically Structured Family Visits

Equine Therapy: 

Equine assisted psychotherapy (EAP) is a specialized form of therapy in which the horse is used as a therapeutic tool.  EAP has been shown to be a valuable adjunct when working with at risk youth dealing with a variety of mental health needs.  Many at risk adolescents view treatment from a place of mistrust and apprehension.  The horse offers the adolescent an unparalleled experience that is both physical and social. EAP has all the benefits of experiential learning to provide experiences that enhance: trust, communication, interpersonal effectiveness, understanding personal emotions, empathy, responsibility, problem solving, boundaries, limit setting, and personal confidence.  All of these benefits for the adolescent take place within the context of building a relationship with a large, powerful animal that demands respect.  

v Individual, Group, and Family Equine Therapy
v Each Student is Assigned a Project Horse
v Natural Horsemanship

Brain Based Interventions: 

Emotional struggles that have significantly impacted our students’ daily living can be seen as manifesting disturbances of the brain’s organizing rhythms.  Our brain based interventions seek to help our students regain emotional rhythm and flow, whatever the nature of the problem (e.g., addiction, trauma, attachment, etc). The remedy provided in brain based interventions lies in giving the body-mind the visceral experience of calmness to which access has been eluded.  Over time, this resetting of the brain’s rhythms can render into significant changes in emotional regulation which translates into the student’s perception of herself and others.     

v Brain Mapping Assessment (Q-EEG)
v Quantitative Pre and Post-Test Outcomes
v Outcomes of Brain Based Assessments are Integrated 
Across all Treatment Interventions 
v 3 to 6 months of Neurofeedback


Falcon Ridge Ranch is a not for profit and accredited high school. Our school is accredited through AdvancED. The teachers are Utah certified.  Our classroom sizes and resources are structured to meet the individual academic needs of each student while leveraging the latest technology to engage students. Due to our dedication to being relationship based, our classrooms are structured to meet the individual needs, requirements, and expectations of each student.  

v IEP Coordination with School Districts
v Experiential Learning 
v Aftercare and Transition Planning 
v 8 to 12 Students per Classroom
v Direct Instruction per Class Subject
v Credit Recovery and 80% Subject Competency Requirement
v American Education Corporation (A+ anywhere learning)
v SAT and ACT Preparation and Registration
v College Level Course Work Available