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Discovery Ranch

1308 South 1600 West, Mapleton, Utah, 84664
Discovery Ranch combines the power of traditional therapy and experiential therapy to create a clinically sophisticated, relationship based residential treatment program for boys and girls ages 13-18. Troubled teens with emotional and behavioral issues receive the help they need through relationships and experiences in a strength based environment.

Facility Highlights

  • Therapy Services
  • Psychiatric Services
  • Single Gender Hybrid

Specialization

  • Special Ed

    Serving students with special learning challenges is an integral part of our fully accredited academic program. Discovery Ranch has successfully guided many students through high school completion and assisted in the transition to college, vocational training, and employment. We offer comprehensive academic services for students who qualify for individualized instruction due to mild/moderate learning disabilities, ADHD, Emotional Disturbances, behavioral disorders, processing disorders, executive functioning disorders, and others.
  • Recreation Therapy

    Students share and discuss each experience with their therapists. They examine how the obstacles they encountered recreationally are similar to those they face in daily living. They may also discover new recreational interests and abilities to enjoy when they return home.

Facility Settings

  • Wilderness

Meet the Staff

  • Victoria Fielding
    Victoria Fielding ACADEMIC DIRECTOR
    Victoria Fielding comes to Discovery Ranch with thirty plus years in education-related fields. She has a Bachelors of Arts and a Secondary teaching certificate from Brigham Young University. Victoria has taught junior high, high school and junior college and feels comfortable in the classroom, teaching all ages of youth, as well as the adult learner. She has also been a professional trainer for software training companies. Victoria has created academic departments for proprietary schools, resulting in record enrollments and career placement. She has received an award for outstanding marketing ideas from Kaplan Educational Testing, while the Director in Utah, which resulted in growth in enrollments and revenue for the Utah Kaplan Centers. Ms. Fielding has raised five sons and one daughter and claims to have the perfect grandchild. She enjoys reading, playing the cello, hiking, and traveling.
  • Clinton Dorny
    Clinton DornyEXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
    At a very young age Clinton realized that he could have an impact on others lives through service and being involved. He is happiest when he is making a difference in others lives. Clinton is married and has four children. He loves spending time with them doing just about anything. They are his life. Clinton uses the same principles that they teach at the Ranch at home with his kids. It works. Clinton fell into this industry because his brothers have worked in other Residential Treatment Centers. He started out his career in admissions. He loves his work and feels blessed to have found something that he loves to do and get paid to do it. Discovery Ranch has been a passion for him in that he gets to help create experiences for others the way his parents did for him when he was young.

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ABOUT DISCOVERY RANCH

Located on more than 20 acres in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains, Discovery Ranch provides residential treatment for adolescent males aged 13 to 18 who are struggling with emotional and behavioral disorders, including substance use disorder. It's one of 68 treatment facilities in Texas (28.5 percent of all facilities in the state) to offer treatment specially tailored to adolescents. It's also one of 139 facilities (58.2 percent) in the state to offer treatment for clients with co-occurring disorders.

TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT

Discovery Ranch is among the 26.4 percent of non-hospital, residential facilities in Texas to offer programming that lasts longer than 30 days. Treatment typically lasts 12 to 16 weeks, but can vary depending on client needs.

The ranch focuses on experiential therapy and experiential learning, while helping clients develop valuable life skills. Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is the primary treatment modality, and life skills are taught through work around the ranch, academic application, and a peer leadership program. Experiential therapies include equine therapy, a ropes course, cross-country skiing, music therapy, canoeing, and cycling, among other sports.

Each student follows a customized academic plan that allows them to spend more time on subjects they struggle with, and move quickly through subjects at which they excel.

Families are invited to participate in a weekly family therapy session, conducted over the phone, as well as structured parent days conducted three times a year.

STAFF CREDENTIALS

According to the facility's website, all clinicians are educated to master's or PhD level and have more than 20 years' experience. Residents also meet weekly with a psychiatrist, and there's a nurse on-site Monday through Friday.

ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES

Clients live in one of two on-campuses houses with living rooms and kitchens. Other amenities include a basketball court, a gym, and an indoor rock-climbing wall. The campus is also home to two dogs, a cat, horses, cows, and some chickens, and the residents are responsible for caring for these animals, as well as completing other chores.

WHAT ALUMNI SAY

The majority of former clients polled by Rehabs.com to date (four out of five) gave Discovery Ranch negative feedback. They described the treatment as overly harsh and unhelpful, and noted that the food and amenities were poor. "All around a terrible place to go that offers very little in therapy," Jack wrote in a representative review. "Find a place that offers decent food because on a day to day quality-of-life basis, it can make a major difference in the experience."

The rehab fared a bit better on Google[1], where it earned an average rating of 3.7 out of five stars based on 59 reviews. The majority of former clients who left feedback described the program as tough but ultimately helpful. In representative review, and anonymous alum wrote: "If someone goes into this program just to get through it, it’ll be a hit or miss. If someone truly applies themselves, they will most likely come out successful."

FINANCING

Discovery Ranch's website indicates that some families have been able to collect insurance reimbursement for treatment, though the center does not appear to accept insurance up front. The facility also has a relationship with the medical loans company, Prosper Healthcare Lending.

[1] GoogleReviews

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