Email Aspen Ranch
First Name:
Last Name:
Email Add:
Phone Num:

Enter Code:

Aspen Ranch

Residential Treatment Center

Aspen Ranch Program Information

Gender: Coeducational
Ages: 13 up to 18
Grades: 9 to 12
Estimated Enrollment: 80
Length of Stay:
Program was founded in: 1995
Accreditations: Affiliations:

Aspen Ranch Contact Information

PO Box 369
2000 W. Dry Valley
Loa, UT 84747
Phone: (877) 231-0734
Fax: (435) 836-2277
School Contact: Becky Brown
Alternative Contact: Melodie Rose
Therapy Provided?: Yes

Program Description:

Aspen Ranch is a "therapeutic community." Every day in our family-like atmosphere provides therapeutic learning.Aspen Ranch is a licensed adolescent residential treatment center for troubled teens located in rural Loa, Utah, about three hours south of Salt Lake City. Aspen Ranch is surrounded by towering green mountains and incredible red rock desert which offers a great alternative to school for your troubled teen. There are miles of BLM and Forest Service land in all directions, and Capitol Reef National Park is just twenty miles away. The Ranch’s co-educational residential treatment program is set in an ideal environment for troubled teens between the ages of 13 and 17.6 years, who need an opportunity to make positive life changes.

Low self esteem, academic underachievement, substance abuse, mood disorders, anger, and family conflict are some of the issues students at Aspen Ranch may be struggling with when they first arrive. Living in a therapeutic environment, attending an individually paced school designed for success, participating in individual and group therapy, and involvement in a life-changing Equine Program, allows Aspen Ranch students to experience success and rediscover a sense of mastery and self worth.

Admissions & Financial Assistance

Applicants to Aspen Ranch adolescent residential treatment center for troubled youth will be evaluated based on their present and past patterns of behavior, psychological and educational testing when appropriate, and a consultation with parents and professionals. Students may enroll at Aspen Ranch at any time during the year. The evaluation process is thorough and swift to accommodate those who may be enrolling on a crisis basis. Upon acceptance, parents will receive a Parent Information Handbook and a clothing list.


Please contact an Admissions Counselor to receive the latest tuition information. Outside North America, please contact us at 00 + 1 + 435 836 2278. For a list of schools and programs for international students, click here.

Private Loans

Financial Assistance is available for those who qualify. If you're interested in determining if you would qualify for a private loan, we work with an independent loan organization called Clark Behavioral Health Financing. Loans can cover tuition, enrollment fees and miscellaneous expenses including transportation to and from the program. They feature multiple loan products with competitive rates, and a possible deferral of interest for up to 6 months with no prepayment penalties or cancellation fees.

With many loan companies to choose from and because the loan qualification and application process can be confusing, we recommend calling Clark Behavioral Health Financing. They work with many families each year to help guide them through the loan qualification and application process. Even if you don't qualify for a loan, they will advise ways in which you might qualify, including a adding a co-signer or considering credit repair. Typically, Clark Behavioral Health Financing can complete the entire loan process in 5 business days.

Financing Benefits

6 months interest free option
Highly competitive interest rates
Credit decisions available in 24hrs
Affordable monthly payments
No collateral required
No prepayment penalties
Quick & easy loan application
Affordable monthly payments
Minimal paperwork
100% Confidential

The Horse Program at Aspen Ranch

One of the Ranch's outstanding features is its horse program for troubled teens, in which all students are required to participate. The ranch is home to approximately 35 horses and 5 steers who are all employed in providing therapy and experiential learning to our students. Besides these wonderful animals, Aspen Ranch also boasts our 225' x 110' indoor riding arena, enabling the horse therapy program to be fully functional regardless of weather.

We believe interaction with horses can be beneficial regardless of the program used, for reasons which will be discussed below. We maximize the use of our horses through animal assisted therapy, or equine assisted psychotherapy - a program we call Equine Therapy. Equine Therapy combines the power of the horse with effective teaching philosophies, experiential learning, therapy, and discussion groups, to be the ultimate horse program.

Recreational Initiatives are team activities at Aspen Ranch residential treatment school for teens that are facilitated by our Recreational Initiative Staff, and the team’s primary therapist. Teams are presented with a challenge and are required to utilize teamwork, communication, and problem solving skills to accomplish the challenge. The activity continues until the team is successful in some aspect. Afterwards the team will discuss what happened, evaluate their performance, process any issues that surfaced, and draw parallels between this experience, and real life experiences.

Shortly after arriving at the Ranch, the Certified Recreation Therapist meets with the newly admitted student and conducts a comprehensive recreational assessment. Information gathered during this process is incorporated into the student’s treatment plan and recreational activities are specifically designed to meet identified therapeutic objectives and goals. Each student participates in therapeutic recreation or recreational therapy at least once a week. Students also participate in structured daily co-ed recreational activities.

The Aspen Ranch Ropes Course

Students and staff at Aspen Ranch use a challenging ropes course, located on the beautiful back acres of the Ranch, as a tool to build mastery, self-confidence and encourage teamwork. The primary objective of the ropes course is to have fun in a controlled environment, and encouraging students to get out of their comfort zones, and into their challenge zones. While pursuing this goal, the teams are thrust into activities that are challenging for both the team and individual students. Almost as a by-product of having fun, these activities create scenarios that can bring up issues, and very quickly the teams find themselves processing these issues and applying them to situations in the real world.

Solo Experiences and Off-Campus Trips

The Recreational Initiative Staff also organize individual students’ solo experiences, which are required for advancement through the level system. As students are applying for higher levels they must successfully complete an overnight solo experience and process this experience with the Recreational Initiative Staff and their primary therapist.
In addition to all of these exciting on-campus opportunities, the Recreational Initiative Staff also organize and facilitate off-campus field trips and recreational activities such as hiking, skiing, rock-climbing trips and cultural events.

Aspen ranch is a therapeutic residential treatment center for troubled adolescents that utilizes an Integrated Relationship Model, in conjunction with a Collaborative Problem Solving Approach to initiate positive change in the lives of teenagers. The Integrated Relationship Model, developed at Aspen Ranch, focuses on respect, individual care, and using a teaching approach to problem situations. Collaborative Problem Solving requires that multiple staff collaborate to discuss students’ progress, necessary consequences, and to create learning experiences. These methods ensure that each student is being treated respectfully and regarded as an individual.

Individual and Family Therapy

Each student at the residential treatment center for high risk adolescents is assigned to a primary therapist who is responsible for communicating with parents/guardians on a weekly basis regarding the progress of each resident. This may be accomplished during the weekly 30 minute parent session. Because of the geographical distance, these parent sessions will often occur via scheduled conference telephone calls.

Each student will participate in weekly individual therapy sessions. Depending on the individual needs of the child, these sessions may consist of a 50-minute session once a week or several short sessions during the week. Upon arrival, each resident will meet with his/her therapist and design and individual treatment plan that establishes goals and objectives for his/her stay at Aspen Ranch.

Therapists focus on anger management techniques, family dynamics, emotional injury, personal responsibility, addictions, and any other issue that may arise. The general therapeutic approach is to assist each student in identifying core issues, resolving conflict, and developing new attitudes and coping skills. The therapeutic philosophy is a powerful mechanism in creating a more positive sense of self-worth. The combination of counseling and the program structure is designed to help every Ranch student build a more effective and healthy lifestyle.

Group Therapy

Research has shown that group therapy is the most effective type of therapy, and it creates more change than any other form of therapy used in treating adolescents. Therefore, emphasis is placed on the frequency of group therapy at Aspen Ranch. Several models of group therapy are utilized, including treatment groups, issues groups, skills groups, equine assisted learning sessions, recreational initiatives sessions, addictions groups, psycho-educational groups and peer mediation sessions. These group sessions are generally 30 – 90 minutes long. The primary purpose of group work is to provide a forum for residents to support each other in pro-social behaviors, to confront maladaptive behavior patterns, and to mobilize the power of the peer group in a productive manner. Peers are expected to both give and receive feedback from other team members. The team environment enforces and rewards good behavior and exposes negative pathological behaviors that are often perceived as “normal” and “cool” in the resident’s old peer groups.

Treatment Teams

Treatment Teams are the absolute core of the Ranch. Although each resident is assigned a primary therapist, because Aspen Ranch uses a Collaborative Problem Solving approach a multi-disciplinary team meets each week to discuss each students' progress. Aspen Ranch believes it is more beneficial for student's growth and progress to have input from each department, as opposed to unilateral decisions being made only by the student's primary therapist. Treatment Teams are compiled of Residential staff, Teachers, Management, and the student's primary therapist.

Family Involvement

It is no secret that the biggest predictor of success in treatment is the involvement of the family, and parent participation. It is extremely important for the resident to feel supported in the treatment process. For most of the residents at Aspen Ranch, working to resolve family issues is a key reason for placement. All staff work hard at trying to facilitate growth and change in attitudes about the family so when the resident returns home the situation will be significantly improved. Each resident will be expected to look closely at what he/she has done to contribute to the conflict/problems in the family and make changes in his/her personal life to correct those behaviors and attitudes. At the same time, Ranch staff will be asking for significant commitment form family members, particularly parents, to work as hard for changes as they expect the resident to work. For this reason staff asks that parents review the materials provided to them upon their child’s entry into the program. It may also be suggested they attend parent groups and parent training in order to gain the necessary tools for more effective parenting or a difficult adolescent. And because of possible unresolved issues in parents’ own lives that may be preventing them form having the kind of relationship with their child they desire, it is often suggested they attend their own personal therapy.
Residents will have increasing contact with parents as treatment progresses and is determined and directed by the primary therapist. This contact will include phone calls, letters, visits, and family therapy. Furthermore, parents will be invited to come to the Ranch at specific planned times for education and family work with their children. Therapeutic site visits with residents are encouraged and can be arranged with the advice of each resident’s primary therapist.

Four times throughout the year, all parents are invited to attend Parent Week, which includes parent education and support groups, parent-teacher conferences, and experiential activities with residents.

Featured Program

Quick Help Not sure where to start? Fill out our form and a representative will contact you shortly.

First Name:
Last Name:
Email Add:
Phone Num:
Enter Code:

Suggested Content

ADHD Alcohol & Teen Drinking Teenage Anger Problems Anxiety Disorders Asperger Syndrome Teen Behavior Problems Bullying

Counseling & Therapy Helping teens with Depression Highschool Dropouts Eating Disorders Firesetting