Sorenson’s Ranch

Sorenson's Ranch Koosharem Utah

Sorenson’s Ranch School is a residential treatment facility for teens combining therapy, experiential learning, behavior modification and education to address behavioral health issues, including drug and alcohol abuse. Treatment includes individual, group and family therapy, and a specialized equine therapy program. Additional services include life skills, relapse prevention, and anger management classes.

ABOUT SORENSON’S RANCH

Set on a functioning farm in the small mountain valley town of Koosharem, UT, Sorenson’s Ranch is a residential treatment facility and therapeutic boarding school for adolescents ages 12 to 18. The facility provides comprehensive programs to treat individuals struggling with substance abuse, maladaptive behavior, and mental health problems. Family-run and in operation for more than 30 years, Sorenson’s Ranch also provides a competency-based, accredited school curriculum on-site.

TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT

Upon admission, clients are evaluated on past behavior, psychological testing, and academic aptitude, so that an individualized treatment plan can be created.

The facility uses a range of evidence-based techniques to modify behavior and promote mental and emotional health including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and motivational interviewing (MI). Along with their academic obligations, residents participate in individual, group, and family counseling and attend specialized support groups, which may address anger management, grief, adoption issues, trauma, substance abuse, mental health, and other relevant topics.

To ensure academic proficiency, students must achieve at least an 80 percent in each class to advance. If not, a tutor will be assigned to help the student improve his or her grade.

Experiential learning is also a major component of the program at Sorenson’s Ranch. Residents care for the farm’s animals (horses, pigs, and sheep) and perform daily chores on the grounds. Clients may also participate in equine therapy, which includes training horses for competitions. Recreational and leisure activities include organized sports, hiking, mountain biking, fishing, camping, waterskiing, and more.

The average length of stay at the facility is between nine and 16 months, and is based on the resident’s specific needs.

STAFF CREDENTIALS

Sorenson’s Ranch employs a full-time staff of licensed medical and psychiatric professionals, along with clinicians with an expertise in reactive detachment disorder, substance abuse, family dynamics, and sexual abuse. More than 40 child care specialists support these clinicians. The school’s classes average between six and 12 students and its staff includes a school counselor, a special education teacher, and a team of certified educators.

ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES

The facility has 75 beds and houses students in cabin-style dorms with connecting bathrooms, with about four students to a room. The campus includes a classroom complex, an industrial arts center, an indoor gym, a fine arts center, a game room, playing fields, barns and corrals, and a library.

WHAT ALUMNI SAY

To date only one alumni has responded to the Best-rehabs.com survey. Alum K.C. gave a negative review about the facility, giving most categories, including treatment effectiveness, ratings of only one out of five stars. K.C. did rate the staff’s level of training and experience a perfect five stars though they wrote: “Staff have low respect for kids we are treated like criminals 24/7”

On secondary sites responses are more positive but still generally mixed. On Google the facility received an average rating of three out of five stars across 38 reviews.[1]

WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY

Only one loved one has submitted responses to Best-rehabs.com at time of writing. P.J.D. gave the facility a perfect five star rating for several categories, including: accommodations, meals and nutrition, cleanliness, counseling options, staff support, executive leadership, and involvement of family in treatment. She gave the facility a two out of five stars rating for holistic offerings.

FINANCING

Fees start at $5,500 per month and $16,500 for 90 days. Some private insurance is accepted.

Updated November 2017

[1] https://goo.gl/2UxC9L

Reviews about Sorenson’s Ranch

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  • My son was making poor choices and needed fewer opportunities for poor choices. Sorrenson's helped him find a better path. He says that we made the right choice sending him..... he said it after six months there and he says it four years later.
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  • Thinking back to my experience at Sorensons now that I'm an adult, I can't believe this facility is still in operation. They speak of child care professionals and medical professionals making up their so called staff... it's merely a bunch of crude and uneducated town folk playing cowboys in the middle of a wasteland. They put on a good front to wealthy parents with troubled teens, but as my parents found out the hard way, it's just a scam.
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  • My son entered Sorenson's Ranch School an angry, troubled teen. He left a thoughtful, responsible young man. Yes, it can be rough when the student isn't willing to try. My son was no exception. But thanks to the staff and my son's eventual willingness, things improved. They don't give up easily. My son found staff he connected with. He benefited from individual and group therapy. Once his behavior improved, he thoroughly enjoyed art class, wrestling, and guitar lessons. He also loved frequent outings such as horse campouts, skiing, and trips to Salt Lake City. He is now going to college, working part time and a pleasure to live with. An amazing transformation thanks to Sorenson's Ranch and my son's willingness.
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  • Great school, very helpful
    PARENTS! PLEASE DONT MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE I DID! THIS PLACE IS NO PLACE FOR A CHILD!DO THOROUGH RESEARCH ABOUT ANY TREATMENT CENTER BEFORE SENDING YOUR CHILD AWAY ITS EASY TO BE SWAYED BY SORENSONS WEBSITE! i do not recommend this school sorensons ranch
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  • My son has been attending Sorenson's Ranch for the past 7 months. The staff is great! As with any treatment program, progress only happens as quickly as the participant chooses too, but you can create the right environment with experienced staff to help facilitate it. Sorenson's is well staffed with caring and capable people. They have a great therapeutic model and offer constant opportunities for new insight and change in their students thought patterns and behaviors. I would definitely recommend Sorenson's to any one trying to help a teen.
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  • Please don't make the choice for your children to come to Sorenson ranch they cover up a lot of what they don't want you to know...
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  • I have visited the campus a few times, meeting many of the students and staff. Everyone was pleasant, The kids chatted with me nicely and none complained. I know many of the kids attending may not have come happily but as I visited each time the kids seemed happy.
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  • PLEASE.....don't ever send your children here!!! I was there almost 10 years ago and it still haunts me. I am successful and don't attribute any of it to Sorenson's Ranch
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  • This was a working horse ranch - my daughter rode horses in Western Horse Shows here at home so they assigned her a horse to care for. They would make the kids hike up a mountain once a week I think - no cigarettes allowed. She enjoyed there and loved her therapists. Facility had strict restrictions on parental visitations but we went were allowed.
    This place is a nightmare!!! Please don't send your kids to this place!!!