Self-Care for Parents

  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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Have You Talked with Your Daughter About Porn?

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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The Battle of the Bands Triumph

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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How Therapists Use Eye Movement to Help Patients

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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Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

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

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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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Beginning Jammerz Music Program

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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Service Trip to Guatemala

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Each year, some of the girls at Discovery Ranch for Girls get the amazing opportunity to travel to Guatemala for an immersive seven day service trip. There is something to be said about experiencing the culture of countries very different than our own. The students that take part in this trip, have life-changing experiences meant…

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Spring CoEducational Social Activity

There is nothing quite like watching a gym of teenage boys and girls walk from opposite sides of the room to meet each other. The room filled with excitement, reluctance, and curiosity as the youth played introduction games to learn each other’s names and break the ice. It seemed to make waking up early to…

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Battle of the Bands

Although we are a single-gender residential treatment program for girls, we do have opportunities for the girls to experience co-ed (co-educational) activities with our sister programs including Discovery Ranch for Boys located in Mapleton, Ut. One particularly fun co-ed activity is the Battle of The Bands! Here are a few photos of the most recent…

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NATSAP Research Designated Program

Discovery Ranch For Girls is proud to announce that “on behalf of the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs and the Research Committee, Discovery Ranch for Girls has been accepted as a Research Designated Program (RDP).” Yay! Hard work, focus, dedication to excellence and expert staff and family cooperation has led to this achievement…

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5-Day trip to Havasu Falls, Arizona

Havasu Falls: Located outside the boundaries of the Grand Canyon National Park and not accessible by road, this beautiful blue-green waterfall oasis serves many tourists and visitors each year. The blue-green pools and clear water – minus the occasional flash storm that cause the water to turn chalk-red with mud – are part of Havasu…

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