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Birdseye Boys Ranch

Residential Treatment Program

Birdseye Boys Ranch Program Information

Gender: Boys Only
Ages: 13 to 18
Grades: 6 to 12
Estimated Enrollment: 12
Length of Stay:
Program was founded in: 1977
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Birdseye Boys Ranch Contact Information

PO Box 117
Spanish Fork, UT 84660
Phone: (877) 467-1681
Fax: (801) 798-8949
School Contact: Lynn Loftin
Alternative Contact: Corbin Linde
Therapy Provided?: Yes

Program Description:

The Birdseye Boys Ranch (BBR) is located in the rural, mountain community of Birdseye, approximately 30 miles south of Provo, Utah. The 55-acre ranch has a beautiful mountainous backdrop and an abundance of clean air, wildlife, and recreational opportunities. The surrounding area consists of land governed by the Division of Wildlife Resources, the Federal Bureau of Land Management, Manti-La Sal National Forest, and the Uinta National Forest. In the ranch setting, young men live outside the mainstream community and yet have access to community resources for medical, dental, and recreational services.

The BBR is a community-based residential program, providing care and specialized treatment for youth ages 13 through 18 who have inappropriate sexual issues. The program is licensed and monitored by the State of Utah Department of Human Services and is a member of NATSAP (National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs). The program provides direct supervision with a one to four staff-to-youth ratio during the day and a one to six staff-to-youth ratio during sleeping hours. By holding youth accountable for controlling impulses and behavior and by emphasizing the need for treatment, the program offers youth the opportunity to develop a new perspective on relationships and achieve comprehensive rehabilitation.

Each youth referred to our program is evaluated individually as the level of care needed and the severity of the presenting problem. We want to be of service in any way that we can. If you are not sure of your child's status relative to the criteria or would like to discuss a particular situation, we would be happy to assist in reviewing possible options.

After receiving the information listed to the left, a BBR clinician will carefully assess the referred youth in order to determine his appropriateness for placement in the program. Arrangements for an interview are scheduled at the earliest convenience of the youth and his family and in the location of choice. If admitted into the BBR program, transportation for the youth can be provided when necessary. The BBR staff welcomes the referred youth, his family, consultant, and case manager to tour the Birdseye Boys Ranch prior to placement.

For many years, the Birdseye Boys Ranch has successfully provided specialized clinical services to youth with sexual problems. The initial program was designed in 1989 by leaders in the field who developed the standards for most treatment programs in use throughout the U.S. today. Experience with hundreds of youth has resulted in enhancements in the BBR clinical program and reinforced a framework that has stood the test of time. Within the framework, individual treatment plans are created for each young man based on his unique situation. Treatment plans are reviewed weekly, and modifications are made according to the youth’s progress.

Treatment Focus

Healing - Encouraging the youth first to examine the beliefs, feelings, and experiences that resulted in his problematic behavior, and, secondly, to resolve issues so that therapy can build on a solid foundation.

Self-awareness - Enhancing the youth’s ability to discuss and monitor the thought, feelings, and behaviors that contributed to a pattern of harmful sexual behaviors. Bringing issues to light increases the youth’s ability to decrease and resist harmful sexual urges.

Accountability - Empowering the youth to overcome denial and accept responsibility for behavior.

Clarification - Assisting the youth in understanding the impact of his sexual behavior on others and clarifying his responsibility to those affected by his poor choices. Some youth engage in a process of restoration, which may include joint therapy sessions with victims.

Empathy development - Increasing and enhancing awareness, sensitivity, and caring toward others, especially toward victims.

Personal enrichment - Developing relationship boundaries, clarifying values, enhancing maturity, understanding human sexuality, managing anger, understanding grief, resolving substance abuse issues, and improving social and relationship skills.

Relapse prevention planning - Developing techniques and coping strategies for managing harmful sexual impulses so that the youth is prepared to function safely and effectively in the BBR community and in a future, less structured community.

Family involvement and support cultivation - Promoting the healing process in two family therapy sessions each month. These sessions are crucial in maintaining the youth’s progress during his stay at the ranch and after he leaves it. (Therapists and other staff are available evenings, weekends, and holidays for families who do not have a reasonable commute to the ranch).

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