Addictive Behaviors Program – The Value of Individualized and Customized Treatment

Discovery Ranch for Girl’s Addictive Behaviors Program will provide your daughter with the opportunity to address complex issues, such as substance abuse, trauma, and process addictions (e.g., internet, food, sex, etc…) from multiple modalities. Addictions program director at the ranch, Dr. Sidney Dang calls this approach, “An integrative approach to treatment of Chemical and Process…

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Rachel Platten private concert at Discovery Ranch, NO WAY!

Sometimes things just happen the way they are supposed to happen. With two phone calls, one quick-thinking mom and a very willing and generous Rachel Platten, Discovery Ranch for Girls enjoyed an on-campus, private concert by this talented musician! What? Private concert with Rachel Platten! by Andrea Burgess – Executive Director [blockquote]“When Raphaele approached Rachel…

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Rock Climbing, Turning to Teamwork: on the face of a challenge

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A Real Life Changing Experience By Suzette McPherson, LCSW Life at Discovery Ranch for Girls offers many opportunities for growth and development. One experience is rock climbing. The people who took part let themselves be open, caring and supportive. The experience helped the girls to believe in their potential. The weather was amazing. The best…

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Anxiety and a little Exposure Therapy at WalMart?

Exposure Therapy at WalMart

When we struggle with anxiety, can a little exposure therapy help? A student, a store, and the most embarrassing things she could think to ask for… By Marliett Davis Therapist Discovery Ranch for Girls I walked towards my student and said, “Okay, let’s go!” She had no idea where we were going or what we…

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Navigating the icy walkway of adolescence – Winter CoEd Social

Navigating the icy walkway of adolescence – Winter CoEducational Social By Stephen C. Schultz Author The morning was cool as I made my way across the snow packed driveway. It wasn’t a fresh snow pack, but one that had been there a couple of weeks and was now essentially ice. I stepped through the door…

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No Glory without Risk–Into the Minefield of Relationships

Family Therapy at Discovery Ranch for Girls – Parent Days Oct. 2013 “We are all angels with but one wing; we can only fly by embracing each other.” -Luciano de Crescenzo The sky was a grey and silver ceiling on a Thursday morning in October as parents arrived for DRG’s second semi-annual Parent Days program–two…

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Kindness and Compassion – Food for Thought

Kindness & Compassion – Food for thought “I could see and sense her excitement as she talked about blending good nutrition, good variety and good presentation in the meals that she prepares… with Amani, it wasn’t all about the food. The food is simply a medium for Amani to demonstrate how much she cares for…

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A Taste of Space

Rocket science and residential treatment? Oh, yeah! In 1962, with NASA barely four years old, President Kennedy declared the United States’ determination to land a man on the moon, saying boldly that we choose to do these things “not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because [they] will serve to organize and…

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The Potential in a Piece of Paper

At a residential treatment center for troubled teens, students and employees learn unexpected lessons through the art of folding paper. I arrive later than I meant to—it’s my first academic experiential, a weekly event held by the school to give the students hands-on learning opportunities. I’m relieved to see that a few of the girls…

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