Masters Ranch

best therapeutic boarding schoolsMaster’s Ranch and Christian Academy is a low-cost Christian boarding school designed just for at-risk and struggling boys between the ages of 12 and 17. Master’s Ranch Christian Academy is located on a sprawling ranch on the border of Arkansas and Missouri, near Couch, Missouri.

Boys at MRCA and their families find new help, healing and reconciliation when they had almost lost hope. MRCA boarding school offers a small family environment in an agricultural setting with a balance of discipline and training in an unmistakable atmosphere of mentoring, love and acceptance. Through education, hard work, vocational training, working with animals, recreation, family interaction and counseling, each boy is given the tools needed to regain the confidence, self-respect and spiritual footing necessary to embrace his family and his future.

best therapeutic boarding schoolsThe dedicated staff of Master’s Ranch is committed to helping you fight for your child’s future and to helping him rebuild the smoldering bridges of relationships with family, society at large and ultimately with God. This critical time will also allow you to re-focus on your home and your other children while we work with and help your son. MRCA’s rates are affordable, so most families can be helped in their time of need.

Master’s Ranch Christian Academy operates as much as possible like a family, rather than a cold institution. We have one major advantage over the average American family, and that is we can focus ALL our attention on your son, because that is what you have asked us to do. We use every moment as an opportunity for learning. We strive to present everything we do with a positive attitude that will benefit your son.

Masters Ranch has professional clinical-type counseling from licensed therapists as well as pastoral, group and individual counseling. The approach to counseling is informal, often utilizing the outdoors and activities as the setting, believing that teens who feel comfortable and safe will open up and share more readily while they are active. They also work with parents to bring them hope and encouragement and new tools for continuing the progress once your boy returns home.

The dedicated staff of Master’s Ranch is committed to helping you fight for your child’s future and to helping him rebuild the smoldering bridges of relationships with family, society at large and ultimately with God. This critical time will also allow you to re-focus on your home and your other children while we work with and help your son. MRCA’s rates are affordable, so most families can be helped in their time of need.

Learning to Value Hard Work through a Wide Variety of Professional Trades

best therapeutic boarding schoolsVocational education is one of the great strengths of the Master’s Ranch program. Hard work is highly valued at the ranch. The boys gain confidence, build character, and develop life skills through voluntary work projects, which are in addition to regular chores. Boys learn to use many different hand and power tools. When they graduate, they are conversant with doing “man” things around the home and shop.

The wide variety of trades includes:

  • Brick Masonry
  • Carpentry
  • Concrete
  • Auto Mechanic
  • Welding
  • Electrician
  • Plumbing
  • Computer Basics
  • Agriculture and Animal Husbandry

Serving the Community and Participating in the Local Economy

While at the ranch, the older boys sometimes have opportunities to work in the local economy, exercising their new skills and earning money to help them on their way once they leave the ranch. The ranch itself provides some industries for the boys, such as the cattle and hay operations, pedigree dog breeding, and farming, to name just a few. The boys gain marketable skills and a real sense of accomplishment from these endeavors, and perhaps some earnings, which are set aside for them for their new life after graduation.

Building Skills for a Productive Future

best therapeutic boarding schoolsMaster’s Ranch offers a vocational diploma through Western Christian Academy, for those with a strong interest in a vocation or those who lack the high school credit to earn a typical diploma. Many boys in the vocational programs go on to trade schools, such as the Missouri Welding Institute or nearby Black River Tech College.

Even more important than the actual skills, the boys learn how to work. They get in shape, overcome their laziness, and discover what it means to work hard. Numerous graduates, after finding success in their jobs or earning raises, call Pastor Bosley to thank him for teaching them about work.

Master’s Ranch and Christian Academy runs a fully operational farm. We have seen the value of connecting kids to animals — some call it “animal therapy.” Teens learn responsibility as they care for an animal that needs them. Animals also help connect the boy emotionally, reflect the boy’s moods and temperaments, and erase any streaks of cruelty that may have developed. Boys at the ranch gain these benefits through therapy with horses, cows, pigs, chickens and dogs.

horseAll of the boys also have regular ranch chores, such as milking cows, just as they have regular chores in the dorm and the kitchen. Boys also have the privilege of signing up for extra learning experiences on the farm.

Agriculture at the Master’s Ranch also has a vocational side. They farm and sell hay from their property and raise and butcher pigs. Boys will raise, breed and train pedigree dogs for sale. There is a full-service cattle operation, including dairy and beef. They also expanded into unusual breeds, such as the Belgian Blue bull and the Mangalitsa or wooly pig.

These activities give boys unique experiences that not only teach them valuable lessons now, but that they can take with them in the future. As they learn to work hard and gain a sense of accomplishment, their attitudes improve. They feel better about themselves. They build muscle and build confidence. They sleep well at night, and problems with ADD or ADHD fade away. Every victory is one step closer to manhood.

Ozark Trails Academy

Ozark Trails Academy is a place of hope, healing and purpose for troubled teens.

troubled teen schoolsOzark Trails Academy’s residential treatment program provides outstanding clinical therapy, incredible academic learning, and amazing outdoor responsibility and adventure for teen girls and boys, ages 12-17, who are looking for help and need to discover real change.

Outstanding Clinical Therapy

best therapeutic boarding schoolsHidden deep in the hills of Southern Missouri on a beautiful 750-acre ranch surrounded by thousands of acres of the Mark Twain national forest, we have the luxury of being in an environment that lets youth completely disconnect from the outside vices of the world.

Ozark Trails Academy accepts students year-round and is licensed to provide all levels of therapeutic care for troubled teen boys and girls, ages 12-17 with mild to moderate emotional and behavioral problems, and those who are experiencing future-impacting relational or emotional difficulties brought on by trauma.

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Limiting our care to 24 teens allows our 6 licensed therapists and experience trained staffers to give more attention to each struggling child. An individualized clinical therapy plan and focused care helps our students move to a better place mentally and emotionally in a much shorter period of time. Our residential treatment center also helps struggling teens find positive new ways to manage life’s obstacles and traumas that have strained their well-being and relationships in the past. We provide individual, group, family, equine therapy and 12-step health therapy.

Best Therapeutic Boarding SchoolsThe licensed therapists and trained staff at OTA work with students year-round to offer all levels of therapeutic care for mild to moderate emotional and behavioral problems. We serve teen boys and teen girls who have a history of suffering from trauma, adoption, RAD and abuse.

Continued Academic Learning

We also want your child to receive an accredited education and the support services needed to finish high school and receive their diploma!  Ozark Trails Academy provides an online education program through the Willow Springs School District (WSSD), Missouri Course Access Virtual School Program (MOCAP) and LAUNCH, which is a MOCAP provider. Courses are developed by curriculum specialists, certified teachers and digital developers that meet state learning standards. This includes dual credit courses that are postsecondary and allows your student to earn high school and higher education credits simultaneously.

Amazing Outdoor Adventure

Best Therapeutic Boarding SchoolsThe environmental components at Ozark Trails also allow for an intensive clinical experience to occur while methodically, comprehensively and thoroughly addressing each teen’s needs. Research demonstrates better post-treatment outcomes when teen boys and teen girls participate in wilderness therapy in conjunction with residential treatment. This is made possible with unlimited access to spring rivers, caves, climbing, hiking, equine and biking trails, that provide the perfect balance of nature, within a safe home-like environment.

Riding and caring for horses, exploring, rock-climbing and river activities all contribute to the therapy process that helps troubled teens transform their hearts and minds. The natural setting allows students to commit their full attention to themselves, their individualized treatment, the peer dynamics at Ozark Trails, and their families.

Year-Round Enrollment

best therapeutic boarding schoolsOzark Trails is a year-round program and can accept new students (domestic and international) at any time. Acceptance is based on a combination of a review of the student’s current and past history of behavior, and consultation with the student’s parents. Students enroll in our program for a minimum of eight months, and some remain through two years of college at Southwest Missouri State.

How Change Happens

Troubled teens experience true healing and growth at our safe, remote residential treatment center home, school and ranch here in the beautiful Ozarks in Missouri. With room for up to 12 teen girls and 12 teen boys, ages 13-19, Ozark Trails Academy offers a “wilderness meets adventure” style program, as well as pure residential treatment, and focused academics.

Students live in separate dormitories, based in our 32,000 square foot building on campus that also includes classrooms, open meeting space, kitchen and a dining room. We also offer students transitional living options as they move from high school into two free years of college through Southwest Missouri State College.

Best Therapeutic Boarding SchoolsSurrounded by nature, struggling teens learn important life lessons as they work with horses, explore rock climbing, and enjoy canoeing and kayaking on the North Fork River, which flows through our 750 acre ranch. From sunrise to sunset each day, students can find hope, healing and purpose in life, separated from harmful distractions. Instead, as they live and work on the ranch, troubled teens connect with a supportive community and nature. They experience a real change of heart and become more of a productive and fulfilled person.

Ozark Trails Academy residential treatment center teaches teens ways to avoid destructive behavior, make the choice to change for the better, make good decisions, experience real success, develop healthy relationships, and then move back into a new and better life.

Top Benefits for Your Teen

  • Adventure therapy
  • Academics (H.S. credits, college)
  • Experiential learning
  • “Live, Learn, Lead” positive peer culture
  • Clinical therapy
  • Emotional processing
  • Peer dynamics
  • Self-reflection
  • Group processing
  • Life skills
  • Safe, home-type environment
  • Cohesive/thorough approach

Program and tuition costs at Ozark Trails Academy are affordable for such superb counseling and therapy.  Your medical insurance may help cover the cost of treatment. To check your insurance coverage, call/text Admissions at (385) 352-3371.

Contact us today to find out if Ozark Trails Academy is a good fit for your troubled teen boy or teen girl.

Future Men

Future MenFuture Men is a Christian boarding school offering a highly structured and monitored setting for young men to work on their future. Each student is given an environment and motivation to promote success. Course work and counseling is founded on God’s Word, and the school is nationally accredited by AdvancEd.

Primary Focus

The goal at Future Men is to train young men to put off childish behaviors and obsessions with the trivial distractions of this life (foolish friends, slothfulness, anger, disrespect, offensive language/habits, sloppy clothing, lack of self-control), and to subsequently embrace the responsibilities and freedoms that come with true manhood (respect for authority, strong work ethic, obedience, and the fruits of the Spirit).

Goals:

The role of staff is to be faithful stewards of students in working with them in three main areas:

  • 1. Accomplishing academic goals set by the staff and students’ parents.
  • 2. Working on behavioral and spiritual issues which directly affect every area of their lives.
  • 3. Providing trade training in order to equip the students with realistic skills in order to be productive men in the workplace.

Work Program

Furure MenIt is the goal for students at Future Men to learn to follow instructions, develop an eye for detail, and show initiative in their work. These qualities will help them later in life to acquire and keep a job.

Being physically productive and having the ability to complete a task gives a young man genuine self-esteem, as opposed to the hollow false praise that society has been programmed to give. In many cases, actively contributing to society will help these young men “turn the corner” and once again have hope.

All of the work completed by a student, whether through apprenticeship or service project, is incorporated into an elective credit. The students come to understand that the work ethic they develop here contributes to who they are and what they are becoming.

Apprenticeships

Twice a week, each student works hand-in-hand with an area business as an apprentice, learning a trade skill. The tradesmen who partner with Future Men at the various apprenticeships share the same goals and desires. Students are offered a wide range of apprenticeships. Some current options include: electrical work, plumbing, real estate sales, firefighting, animal health technician, glass installation, auto painting, landscaping, airport security and service, computer programming, welding, and construction.

Service Work

Future MenStudents who do not yet have an apprenticeship serve in community service projects. These students work with staff directors in preparation for their upcoming apprenticeships. The basic habits of working at a steady pace, not asking to take breaks, learning to “see” work that needs to be done, following instructions, and using/putting away the proper tools, are taught and developed in this stage. All of these traits are part of a good work ethic which is critical for young men in today’s society.

Cornerstones of Care

Cornerstones of Care is dedicated to helping children and families achieve health, happiness, competence, and self-sufficiency. Across our family of agencies, we provide a comprehensive continuum of care consisting of over 30 programs.

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About Therapeutic Boarding Schools in Missouri

Troubled Teen Schools in Missouri

All children’s residential providers, including alternative and therapeutic boarding schools, must be licensed through the Missouri Department of Social Services Children’s Division, specifically the Residential Program Unit (RPU). It ensures that private children’s residential care centers are in compliance with state rules and standards for licensure.

For Missouri private schools, there are no licensing requirements and accreditation is not required. Teachers are not required to be certified and there is no state policy on professional development. State testing is not required for students of private Missouri schools but schools must instruct students on the Constitution of the United States, Missouri history and American history. To graduate, students must pass an exam on these subjects. Student immunization records are required for enrollment .

Reference: https://www2.ed.gov

Whetstone Boys Ranch

boarding schools for troubled teensWhetstone Boys Ranch is a working cattle ranch and therapeutic Christian school that serves struggling boys ages 12-16 and their families. Here boys live, learn, work and grow as they experience essential individual, group and family therapy, excellent academics, exciting outdoor adventures, and useful hands-on tasks. We believe in sharpening young men to become true servant-leaders in their families and communities.

Since 2011, Whetstone’s purpose centers on the reconciliation of boys (ages 12-16) and their families. Boys live in dorm-style in the boarding school with a 3:1 boy to staff ratio. We treat struggles such as anger, depression, low self-esteem and trauma with a loving, systems-based approach. And this comprehensive method of treatment and restoration sets us apart.

We work with boys with Reactive Attachment Disorder, ADHD, Oppositional Defiance Disorder, internet addictions, and rebellious boys. Here the boys live, learn, work and grow as they experience essential individual, group and family therapy, excellent academics, exciting outdoor adventures, and useful hands-on tasks.

• Boys who suffer from not being able to form healthy emotional relationships with adoptive parents, including RAD (Reactive Attachment Disorder),

• Boys who are unable to remain focused, ADHD, (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)

• Boys who display signs of early rebellion, refuses to obey, shows argumentative behavior,ODD (Oppositional Defiance Disorder),

• Boys who simply need a change of environment, separated from the negative impact of internet addictions, and harmful relationships.

Whetstone Boys Ranch Helps Troubled Boys

 

boarding schools for troubled teensWe focus on issues adolescent boys struggle with, including introductory misbehavior (vaping, negative video game-technology/pornography), anger, depression, low self-esteem, trauma related issues, attachment and adoption disorders. Whetstone is an opportunity to intervene now, before these issues grow deeper. Boys receive therapy based on their needs, after going through a screening process.

Therapy and counseling includes individual 1 hour sessions, once a week, led by a LPC therapist. Individual treatment includes EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) –originally designed to alleviate distress associated with traumatic memories. It is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences…and helps activate their natural healing processes. (EMDR.com)

Group counseling occurs 2 times a week.

Family therapy includes an intensive 2-3 day session during a boy’s stay at Whetstone with our licensed therapist.

Activities

The 285 acre ranch in the Ozarks, offers an Adventure Week each year, as well as hands-on classes on topics like Winter Survival, Summer Survival, Fishing, Orienteering, Campfire Cooking, Shelter-Building, Knot-tying, and Disaster Readiness, and more. Strength training program with running, team and individual sports such as basketball, football, whiffle ball, golf, ultimate frisbee, can-jam, swimming, and disc-golf, and more.

During a yearlong stay, the boys are offered other adventures like fishing, swimming, hiking, camping, canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing, rappelling, bowling, model building, carpentry, woodworking, guitar, field trips to concerts, sporting events and museums, creative writing, movie-going and much more.

Education

boarding schools for troubled teensWhetstone Boys Ranch provides boys with a liberal arts-based education in a uniquely integrated setting. The Whetstone curriculum diagnoses gaps in student learning before moving to material that the student may not be ready to tackle. These gaps in learning are often the cause of student failure and eventual misbehavior in the classroom and at home.

Whetstone’s low boy-to-staff ratio gives us a huge advantage over most educational settings. One teacher for every three boys, provides multiple opportunities for assisting them as needed. Whetstone students return to public schools, private schools, home schools, and are those headed to college shortly after graduation. Whetstone helps transition the boy back home with providing transcripts to high schools, helping him to enlist in the military, preparing for the ACT, and more.

Therapy

boarding schools for troubled teensWe do therapy without “doing therapy.” In a small group setting, guided by qualified teachers and counselors, we talk about movies, music, novels and poems. We talk about Truth and Beauty – examine a “Grecian Urn” or two. Some say that all art is therapy. If this is even close to the truth, our boys get a ton of it while sharing their thoughts in writing and during lively group discussions, developing critical thinking skills in the process. In addition, all boys participate in at least one week-long adventure therapy session, during which they hike, camp, fish, rock-climb, rappel, cook over a campfire, and other activities.

One key component of our therapeutic model is mentoring – the modeling of positive behaviors within a loving and supportive environment. Our low ratio allows each staff member, from counselor to cook, to spend quality time with each boy in the schoolroom, in the outdoors, and around the family hearth. In doing so, we are naturally drawn to storytelling. We all have a story. Happy, Sad, Tragic, Triumphant. It longs to be shared because we long to be understood.

From a therapeutic perspective, what we see as our role in this story has a dramatic impact on how we view ourselves in relationship. Our beliefs make us able to overcome the problems we face in life, because they make us willing to receive help from those we love. Throughout our program, boys are encouraged to share and understand their story, as well as the stories of those around them. When people do this in community, understanding, compassion, and forgiveness become not only possible, but probable.

Kansas City Girls Academy

A Faith-Based Therapeutic Boarding School Where Struggling Girls Get Back on Track.

Kansas City Girls Academy is one of the nation’s leading girls’ therapeutic boarding schools featuring Trust Based Relational Intervention – TBRI. We care for girls, ages 12-17, with behavioral issues or self-destructive emotions resulting from adoption, trauma, abuse, or family discord. Kansas City Girls Academy helps young women improve their behavior, feelings, and outlook while enhancing their education based on the time-tested Teen Challenge approach, which has helped teens and families for over a half-century. Kansas City Academy will make a life-changing impact on your daughter for a lifetime.

Typical boarding schools tend to expel troubled girls, but we welcome them and work with them to change their thinking, attitudes, and behaviors. Kansas City Girls Academy uses a multi-therapeutic model.  Discipleship curriculum and ongoing pastoral counseling relative to the curriculum content are utilized to assist the students in discovering their incorrect assumptions and replacing them with new concepts of understanding. Kansas City Girls AcademyThe program is intentionally designed to allow the girls to progress through a level system to help prepare them for a healthy reintroduction into their home environment.  This system includes such practices as positive peer pressure, reward and discipline consequences for actions, increased responsibilities as their progress warrants, and ongoing daily staff interaction.

Academics – We use a fully accredited online Middle and High School curriculum supplied by Alpha Omega Academy, which is certified by COGNIA (formerly AdvancED), the highest accrediting body for schools in the United States. Our commitment to quality education is our priority.

Group Therapy – Our group therapy consists of multiple small group sessions weekly, led by our counselors and staff. These groups include substance abuse, problem solving, positive peer culture, emotional management, safe dates, and specialty groups designed for specific treatment needs. All group processes foster emotional growth in a safe and confidential setting.

Individual Therapy – is provided to each student with a minimum of one session every other week. Sessions help students gain insights into their individual behaviors and establishes a trusting relationship with their counselor. In this setting, students process issues too sensitive for them to share with a group.

Family Therapy – is provided via weekly teleconference. Parents contribute to treatment as an integral part of the program. Kansas City Girls AcademyKansas City Girls Academy encourages families to visit during planned family weekends. Family and students meet with their primary counselor for therapy. Parents and children also participate in parent support groups,  parent-teacher conferences, workshops, and graduation ceremonies.

Equine Therapy – Equine therapy is about creating and cultivating a bond between the girl and  a horse, not just having fun horseback riding. At its root, horsemanship is all about the girl and horse working together to complete a goal or task. To accomplish this, each girl must learn to be calm, assertive, and communicative. The girl must communicate clearly with her equine partner, using both verbal and nonverbal communication techniques. The way horses read and react to the girl’s body language is a startlingly accurate method of daily feedback for the girl; if her attitude is not right, the horse will not respond well to her. Only calm assertive communication from the girl will result in the horse beginning to trust and respect her leadership.

During activities with horses, the girls learn alternative ways of responding to a difficult situation rather than reacting. They begin to find hope for their challenging life issues as they ‘experience’ relational changes with their horse and begin to explore their God-created uniqueness and destiny.  Horses are powerful and effective in helping people, whether a child, youth or adult. They have much to teach us about our patterns of behavior, communication, and relationships. Horses are excellent “teachers”, coupled with trained facilitators certified in personal and social development, interaction with horses can often provide invaluable assistance in addressing challenging life issues in a fun, action-oriented, non-threatening learning environment.

Listed below are some of the other activities that your girl will enjoy while they are at Kansas City Girls Academy working with our therapy team on their attitudes and behaviors.

  • Physical Education

    5 days a week your child will participate in Physical Education. This will include going The Roc Fitness & Recreation 2 days a week, water aerobics (in season), aerobics classes, jogging, and various recreational sports (volleyball, softball, basketball, and soccer).

  • Outdoor Adventure Leadership Training

    This is a 5-10 day wilderness adventure trip where your child are placed in to leadership roles within the group, exercising biblical leadership principles and team building skills to navigate through a vast expanse of wild terrain. This will help develop them as leaders using outdoor adventure.

  • Fine Arts

    Your child will participate in Fine Arts activities such as choir, drama, and art classes.

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  • Indoor Activities

    Our center has an extensive library that your child will be able to chose from for reading, board games, Nintendo Wii, foosball, ping pong, watch approved movies, work on level advancement material, and work on school work.

  • Off-Site Trips

    These trips vary from year to year. Here are some of the trips that we have taken in the recent past. Trips to the Kansas City Zoo, Design for Life Conference in Springfield, MO, Fine Arts Festival in Wichita, KS, the Kansas City Museum, Statewide Youth Convention in Wichita, KS, Kansas City Royals games, and more.