Turn-About Ranch Residential Treatment Center for Troubled Teens Featured on Dr. Phil

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On a show titled “Troubled Teens: Update” that aired on September 27, 2010, Dr. Phil followed two troubled teenage girls as they began to get their lives back on track at Turn-About Ranch adolescent treatment center in Utah.

Dr. Phil offered to send both girls to Turn-About Ranch, which he described as an “unbelievably powerful” therapeutic working cattle ranch in Utah.

On September 27, 2010, Dr. Phil provided his viewers with an update on two troubled teenage girls who were out of control in every way. One girl had been placed under house arrest, while the other threw fits when she wasn’t able to manipulate her parents into giving her what she wanted. Both teens were rebellious and disrespectful, and both admitted that they had experimented with drugs and alcohol.

In order to get the family out of this “crisis situation,” Dr. Phil offered to send both girls to Turn-About Ranch, which he described as an “unbelievably powerful” therapeutic working cattle ranch in Utah.

Dr. Phil chose Turn-About Ranch because it provides troubled teens with “a safe, highly structured environment where there is extreme accountability.” The caring counselors at the ranch teach troubled teens to respect authority and accept the consequences of their actions, and show them the joys of becoming a working member of a team.

As she milked a cow, rode horses and bailed hay with the picturesque Utah ranch in the background, the featured student described the changes that have taken place during her stay at Turn-About Ranch:

“I’ve made such a change in my life and I’ve grown so much in the past three months,” she said. “On the path that I was headed down I was not going to get very far. I was either going to end up somewhere I didn’t want to be or probably even dead. … Being here helped me find happiness.”

After three months at Turn-About Ranch, the teenage girl made significant progress emotionally and behaviorally, and developed important life skills such as accountability, gratitude and a strong work ethic. Her parents now describe her as positive, happy, mature and responsible, and the ranch’s Executive Director Luke Hatch described her as a leader who takes pride in the work she does.

Because the girls’ parents needed more time to create a healthy, structured environment at home – and because both girls would benefit from continued support and structure – Dr. Phil offered to send the girls to long-term therapeutic boarding schools operated by Aspen Education Group. Though he gave the family time to think about his offer, he strongly recommended continuing care in the Aspen Education Group family of programs for both girls.

“God bless you for the work you do,” Dr. Phil told Patty Evans, the Chief Marketing Officer and Sr. Vice President of Business Development at Aspen Education Group. In parting, Dr. Phil also offered a personal thank you to all of the counselors at Turn-About Ranch for their patience and dedication to struggling teens and their families.


Turn-About Ranch is a residential treatment center for teens ages 13 to 17, located on a working horse and cattle ranch in Escalante, Utah. Real change happens on this historic ranch as teens learn the value of hard work, honesty, teamwork and cooperation through hands-on experience, while receiving intensive individual and group therapy and attending school.

Turn-About Ranch is a program of Aspen Education Group, the nation’s leading provider of therapeutic education programs for struggling or underachieving young people. Aspen’s services range from short-term intervention programs to residential treatment, and include a variety of therapeutic settings such as boarding schools, outdoor behavioral health programs and special needs summer camps, allowing professionals and families the opportunity to choose the best setting to meet a student’s unique academic and emotional needs.

Aspen Education Group is a member of CRC Health Group, the most comprehensive network of specialized behavioral care services in the nation. For over two decades, CRC Health has been achieving successful outcomes for individuals and families.

For more information, please call (866) 515-5202 or visit Turn-About Ranch.


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