Sorensons Ranch School

Sorensons Ranch School

What Is Sorenson’s Ranch School?

Sorenson’s Ranch School has been in existence for more than 30 years now. It is a school for troubled teens. It combines behavioral modification, academics, experiential learning, and therapy in order to help teens who have problems with alcohol and drug abuse, teen cutting, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Reactive Attachment Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and Attention Deficit Disorder among others.

The school has substance abuse counselors and mental health therapists to provide assessment as well as intervention so that its students can overcome their problems. It accepts students any time during the year and follows the curriculum guidelines of the Utah State Department of Education.

Sorenson’s Ranch School is also a camp. It offers counseling together with behavior modification and helps students with ODD, ADHD, ADD, depression, bipolar disorder, etc. It is a residential treatment center which offers a holistic treatment approach. It accepts students who have Reactive Attachment Disorders, Oppositional Defiance, Academic Underachievement, Self-Destructive Behaviors, Family Conflicts, Destructive Peer Relationships, Peer Conflicts, Mood Disorders, Grief, Addictions, Trauma, Learning Disabilities, Hopelessness, Disengaged Families, Non-Existent or Low Self-Esteem, Developmental Challenges, Social Impairment, Depression, Substance Abuse, Anxiety Disorders, and have been victims of neglect and abuse. The school, however, is not for students with Psychotic Disorders, and Schizophrenia. It also doesn’t accept students who are medically unstable, sexual abuse perpetrators, physically violent, and convicted for a violent crime.

Sorenson’s Ranch School Program

The Sorenson’s Ranch School is a residential treatment facility and therapeutic boarding school. It caters to teens who are 12 to 18 years of age. It is accredited by the Utah Department of Health Services, Joint Commission Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs, and the Northwest Accreditation Commission.

Its clinical staff provides psychotherapy services wherein a student has to participate in group, family, and individual therapies. It also offers behavior modification so that a student can take personal responsibility on his attitudes, emotions, and behaviors. Academic learning is also included in the treatment program but every student is not pressured.


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