It is critical to understand the oversight and credentials that a program operates under to ensure the quality and consistency of services. Ashcreek Ranch Academy operates under the highest clinical standard of the Joint Commission of Accredited Healthcare Organizations – JCAHO, licensed by the Utah State Office of Human services, academically under the national AdvancED accreditation. These organizations provide regular monitoring and standards of excellence. We are also a member of the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs – NATSAP.
Why this is important: As a parent, you want to make sure that your son is working with qualified therapists and experienced teachers. Ask about the experience of the administrative team and their qualifications. Ashcreek Ranch Academy hires the best talent from across the country to serve on our campus. Teachers are highly experienced with Bachelors and Master’s degrees and therapists have PhDs, LMFTs, LCSWs, or MSWs.
Why this is important: Your son’s physical well being and safety are priority one. It’s very important to understand what kind of health and wellness services are available on site. Ashcreek Ranch Academy offers 24 hour on-call nursing, balanced and nutritional menu planning, easy access to medical facilities and weekly consulting psychiatrist.
Why this is important: A program that can’t define it’s mission statement and treatment philosophy is going to have difficulty providing cohesive treatment and support to your son. This lack of focus will also impact its culture. Ashcreek Ranch Academy is passionate about teaching young men to become self-aware, accountable for their choices and thoughtful in making decisions. Our staff acts together for a common purpose – To enhance each student’s emotional, social, physical, and academic growth.
Why this is important: Adolescent boys who thrive in treatment do so because they receive a high level of individualized and personalized attention. Be wary of programs that offer a “universal” approach or treatment modality. The most successful programs have the ability to highly individualize both academic and clinical approaches.
Why this is important: The importance of family involvement and ongoing support for your son cannot be emphasized enough. A Family Systems approach that examines the role of each family member and how family members can push each other back into old behaviors is critically important. Ashcreek Ranch Academy facilitates intensive Family Weekends and ongoing Family Therapy during and even after program completion.
Why this is important: Many therapeutic programs are weighted towards the clinical while academics fall by the wayside. It’s important to understand what the level of rigor, credit, and academic support will be. At Ashcreek Ranch Academy we believe that a small individualized academic classroom works best accompanied by specialized Learning Support when needed. Our students benefit from exciting classes and the ability to work ahead or make up for lost credits. We also offer college level courses and AP curriculum. We believe in comprehensive SAT and ACT preparation. Our commitment results in 100% College Acceptance of Ashcreek Ranch Academy Seniors. We think that academics are inherently therapeutic and a key part of any treatment plan.
Why this is important: To thrive in treatment boys need to be able to have fun and stay VERY active! Ask about the recreational opportunities available. How often do students get off of campus? What type of wellness and sporting opportunities are there? Can they develop musically and artistically? Ashcreek Ranch Academy offers competitive sports, a nationally recognized Horsemanship Program, and a comprehensive High Adventure program. You will find boys AND their families scuba diving, rock climbing, and white water rafting. Students enjoy skateboarding, skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking and attending local community sporting and recreational activities. Our students also look forward to weekly off-campus trips, Leadership, and Community Service outings.
Why this is important: The data and research are very clear on this, programs that provide comprehensive Aftercare Support to their families have a greater success rate. It’s an important question to ask, what kind of outcome tools are in place to measure results? At Ashcreek Ranch we understand how important it is to measure the success over time in pour participant’s lives and we are committed to creating a unique and individualized treatment plan.
Why this is important: Data and research are very clear on this, programs that provide comprehensive Aftercare Support to their families have a greater success rate. It’s an important question to ask, what kind of support can you expect upon completion of your program? At Ashcreek we believe so strongly in this that we follow up with a clinician coming into your home for two and a half days no matter where in the world you may live. We also follow this up with eight weeks of Skype support and 247 access to an Aftercare Family Coach. It is that important to protect the gains your son and your family has mad in treatment.