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Watching and working with families who participate in and overcome the challenges associated with the ropes course is one of the highlights at Turn-About Ranch.
Families often come to Turn-About Ranch a little bruised and battered. Often the last conversations they have had with their teens have been filled with conflict, abusive language and disrespect. As families approach the midterm experience many are not sure what to expect from their teen: anger, blame, resentment, or sorrow, remorse, and guilt regarding past behaviors.
Benefits for those participating in ropes course activities include communication skills, problem solving skills, personal and group confidence, self- discovery, commitment, increased awareness of personal strengths and limitations, going beyond self-imposed boundaries, and the development of increased level of agility and physical coordination.
One stressor on the family doesn’t necessarily lead to acting out or mental health issues. However with increasing stressors and the lack of coping skills or hope for the relief of these stressors, acting out and mental health issues can arise. However, families that experience low level stressors and are able to work together to solve problems can develop stronger, closer families than those families who experience no stressors at all.
Overcoming stressors or adversity in family life can result in resilient families that communicate with each other in an open manner to address difficulties and solve problems without blame and disrespect. As families solve problems together, trust increases as well as confidence in the family’s capability to face and overcome perceived adversity. When done effectively, each family member feels valued and capable. They begin to recognize that they contribute to the family system in a meaningful way.
The ropes course at Turn-About Ranch helps provide families with these types of experiences. Trust building activities are designed to provide participants the opportunity to demonstrate their trust in other members of the family through a series of sequenced actions. Students and parents have to trust each other in order to successfully complete the various activities offered. Taking a risk and succeeding allows trust of others to grow for the student and parents alike. Many students feel proud of their parents as they see them become willing to take risks and do new things in order to build their relationships back. They find themselves hoping their parents can be proud of them too. Drawing out the emotions behind the activities helps take the family therapy to a whole new level.
The ropes course gives families an opportunity to start healing past hurts, and to communicate in healthier ways. The value of Experiential Therapy like the ropes course activities goes far beyond the moment. Turn-About Ranch effectively uses challenging experiences like the ropes course to create opportunities for personal and family growth.
About Turn-About Ranch
Turn-About Ranch is a wilderness therapy and residential treatment program located in the heart of Southern Utah’s canyon country. Students experience life on a real working ranch while undergoing treatment to improve their life back home. Surrounded by multiple national parks and the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Turn-About Ranch is the ideal location for youth of today to have the space they need to find healing and purpose.