The Exhausting Search to Find the Right Program for Your Troubled Boy


The Exhausting Search to Find the Right Program for Your Troubled BoyTrying to find a babysitter I could trust was one of the hardest things I think I had to do as a new mom. Finding a program for my troubled boy was beyond hard, it was exhausting and brought many painful realities to the fore. Maybe I was being naïve, but I didn’t think my kid was bad or troubled or a juvenile criminal or anything else anyone wanted to call him. I really wanted to see things for what they were and wanted the toughest “tough love” I could give him. I found myself questioning every possibility. What if I sent him to a place where the kids were really hardened and he came back even worse? What if I sent him somewhere that sang songs and danced to curb his new appetite for weed? I blamed myself already for the wrong choices I made to get us to this point; now I didn’t want to do it again, especially when it mattered so much.

There are so many choices and options to help young adults and it can be very exhausting to find the best program. Ashcreek Ranch Academy uses a combination of evidence-based therapy, equine therapy and group counseling. They embrace the method of Positive Peer Culture to treat struggling males. If you have a troubled adolescent who needs help, call (435) 215-0500 for more information.

Natural Horsemanship Offers A Unique Opportunity

Ashcreek Academy Ranch offers an unparalleled horsemanship program. On the ranch students live “The Life of the Great American Cowboy”. By working with horses on a daily basis, the kids are exposed to living a lifestyle of a hard working, highly skilled cowboy through our therapeutic program that is not just for boys, it’s about boys. A young man who is hurting can find companionship from a horse who does not judge, talk back, or give opinions. The natural bridge of building a trusting relationship with a horse transcends to his relationship skills with peers, teachers, and most importantly parents. For more about horsemanship, equine therapy, and The Great American Cowboy call (435) 215-0500.


Behavioral Health


Wilderness Therapy

RTC (Residential Treatment Centers)

Therapeutic Boarding School

Education Consultants/Mental Health

Intensive Outpatient Programs
Mental Health Counselor/Therapists
Kid is being worked with “at home”, local therapy. They want their client back

Focus on: (referral based)
Mental Health personnel
Educational Consultants

IOP patients

Addiction Treatment

Types: NTAAP - NAADAC - Foundations


Primary Care: 28 days

Extended Care: 60-90 days

Long Term Care: up to 1 year
12 step programs
Celebrate Recovery

Sober Living/IOP:


Focus on:
Mental Health facilities

Mental Health

Types: APA

911/Emergency: immediate crisis

Stabilization: up to 28 days

Psych Stay: 1-2 months

Structured Living:


Focus on:
Guidance Counselors
Public Professionals