At Discovery Ranch for Girls, we believe in different tactics when it comes to program advancement. Our main goal is to provide our girls with the tools to succeed beyond the therapy sphere. The system that we use, our Phases of Change mirror the levels of development in a healthy maturing young adult. These real-life…

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By Trenna Ahlstrom Discovery Ranch for Girls not only provides help for troubled teen girls, but Discovery Ranch for Girls also helps young women to become the best possible versions of themselves. This process often includes discovering new hobbies or interests. Students typically leave Discovery Ranch for Girls having found new talents and skills. For…

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“We know what we are, but not what we may be.” — Ophelia, Hamlet: Prince of Denmark, William Shakespeare Shakespearience By Alex Allred Most people focus on the ranch part of Discovery Ranch for Girls. The word ranch conjures images of dust, boots, and horses. Dust, boots, and horses are a part of life on…

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  Self-care is care that is provided by yourself, for yourself. When your teen is out of control, taking any time for yourself can feel selfish. It isn’t. It is necessary, and probably one of the best things that you can do to help support your teen. By practicing self-care, you will show your teen…

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By Maia Christopherson   Society and stereotypes would tell us that porn is only a guy problem. Because of this, parents are careful to talk with their sons about porn but aren’t as keen on talking to their daughters about the subject. This divide is problematic, because despite what many think, porn is an issue…

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Forget About Me Projects At Discovery Ranch for Girls, each girl coordinates at least two Forget About Me (FAM) projects and has the opportunity to participate in other student’s FAM projects as well. These projects give our girls an opportunity to think outside of themselves, help others, and discover how they can use their talents…

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Spending Time Outdoors Improves Health At Discovery Ranch for Girls, we believe that spending time outdoors is an important factor in helping our girls. With over sixty acres of space, Discovery Ranch for Girls campus provides many opportunities for our girls to enjoy the benefits of being outside. We have stables, an outdoor riding arena,…

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Months in advance, students from our Discovery Ranch for Girls, Oxbow, Discovery Ranch for Boys, and Discovery Academy programs practice their musical talents in preparation for our yearly Battle of the Bands. With five rounds to woo the judges, each program put together five different band performances.  (For a glimpse of previous Battles go here: https://discoveryranchforgirls.com/battle-of-the-bands/)…

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Maybe seeing is believing, with these two therapeutic approaches. Brainspotting (BSP) and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) use a patient’s eye movements to help them process traumatic memories and reduce negative feelings. Brainspotting BSP is a brain-based psychotherapy approach where therapists use their patient’s field of vision to find where the patient is holding…

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Therapists use trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) to help youth overcome the negative effects of trauma. The goal of TF-CBT is to provide psychoeducation to both the child and parents. The therapist teaches their patient healthier ways to cope with the emotions, thoughts, and behaviors that come from their trauma. The core components of TF-CBT…

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Soccer Balls, Hope, and Healing By: Rick Haag, English Teaching Assistant and Soccer Coach UNITED IN A COMMON GOAL I have been running (pun intended) the soccer program at Discovery Ranch for Girls (DRG) the past two years. I have witnessed miracles. I look at DRG and have explained it to parents, as a solar…

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Music program, “Beginning Jammerz” bringing us together! By: Kaprena Moore Academic Tutor, Beginning Jammerz Club Coach When I was hired on at Discovery Ranch for Girls in April of this year it was with the understanding that, along with my duties as an academic tutor, I would be helping organize and run a more official…

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