If your child has fallen behind, we can help him graduate on time.



Petty Creek Ranch uses a Catholic home study curriculum from a nationally accredited high school called Our Lady of the Rosary School (OLRS). Enrollment into OLRS is ideal for our programming, as the home study program does not require students to complete coursework online, but uses traditional textbooks and accepts handwritten assignments in the mail. As part of Petty Creek Ranch’s value consists in “unplugging” these technologically savvy young men from the various devices they use on a regular basis in order to limit their everyday distractions, OLRS’s correspondence curriculum is a perfect match for our unique environment.

Another benefit to the Our Lady of the Rosary School curriculum is that students are able to complete coursework at a faster pace than they would in the traditional classroom setting. OLRS requires students to complete quarterly exams in order to receive credit for an entire subject, which gives the boys in our program an incentive to apply more effort into their education, as they begin to see the end in sight. In addition, we find that OLRS improves reading retention, the ability to cross-reference material, and independent study skills, which ultimately prepares the student for the type of learning they will experience in college.

Petty Creek Ranch will also accommodate other curricula on a case-by-case basis, typically in situations where a child is being admitted into our program during a school semester and can complete it while on the ranch. Our staff will work diligently to ensure that no student falls behind academically while in our care, as we offer complete educational services and organize course work in a manner that enables each student to progress towards high school completion without the social distractions and negative peer influences that are always present in today’s school systems. We find that our method of providing educational and tutoring services is also an effective way of helping those with learning disabilities, motivational challenges, and disruptive classroom behavior.


We also offer vocational services including vocational-technical training, driver’s education, SAT preparation and educational consultation. The latter includes both researching universities, colleges, or trade schools with your son as he nears graduation, as well as going to job fairs or recruiting centers for all the branches of the U.S. Armed Forces if desired. Our goal is to inspire your son to take control of his education and to become future-oriented and goal driven as he begins pursuing a career in a field of his interest. Please give us a call today to discuss specific academic needs that your child may have as well as to gain more information on other educational services that are available at Petty Creek Ranch.

Family Support Network Intervention

Petty Creek Ranch has adopted and modified an evidence-based treatment approach known as the Family Support Network Intervention (FSN), which is designed to help parents reconnect with their troubled child. As part of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s “Cannabis Youth Treatment Series,” the FSN approach has shown remarkable outcomes in promoting long-term abstinence from drugs and alcohol when used in conjunction with other traditional adolescent treatment approaches. In addition to increasing the likelihood of post discharge success, the Family Support Network Intervention seeks to re-establish parental authority, set boundaries on the child’s behavior, improve communication skills, and to help create a healthy home environment.

When a family is in crisis, it is most often the case that parental authority becomes eroded and the home structure becomes unstable, dysfunctional, and rife with conflict. We believe that the struggling teen will be at a serious disadvantage with regard to stabilizing his behavior if inadequacies in the family system are not addressed before he leaves our care. For this reason, Petty Creek Ranch will facilitate a portion of the FSN model, as the original model consists of 6 Parent Education Course and 3 in-home therapy sessions. The courses themselves are designed to address multiple issues that may be occurring at home and are titled:

Petty Creek Ranch believes that all families experiencing a crisis with their struggling teen may benefit from courses 4-6, and will provide the complete 6 course model with 1 home visit for clients who have substance abuse issues. The home visit in this case will not be to facilitate an in-home therapy session but to assess the home environment, to advocate for your child with the school or legal system if needed, and to establish aftercare contacts in local peer support groups prior to discharge. In doing so, your son will already have a recovery coach and/or A.A. “sponsor” that he will be in communication with in the weeks or months leading up to discharge. We believe that this will help him establish a report with the local recovery community, which will be an extension of his experience at Petty Creek Ranch.

Conflict Resolution for Recovery and Relapse Prevention

Petty Creek Ranch uses many services and approaches in order to customize a high-quality system of care for each boy who enters our program. Of the many services and interventions available to the at-risk teens who are struggling with substance abuse issues, we find that our use of Conflict Resolution for Recovery and Relapse Prevention has proven to be an indispensable tool in helping young men develop healthy coping mechanisms, identify “use” triggers, and improve their styles of communication when in a crisis situation. Conflict Resolution for Recovery and Relapse Prevention is a 12-session course that was designed by the National Association of Addiction Professionals (NAADAC), with whom Petty Creek Ranch is an active member. Conflict Resolution has been proven to help reduce the occurrence of relapse within its participants by offering them insight into the emotional and behavioral reactions that many addicts exhibit when experiencing tensions in their personal relationships. The boys who take the Conflict Resolution course will learn how to identify and manage their anger, how to create healthy relationship dynamics by having a collaborative attitude, how to resolve arguments/fights by using effective styles of communication, and how to have “deliberate,” rather than “instinctual,” reactions to conflict.


Petty Creek Ranch uses Conflict Resolution for Recovery and Relapse Prevention in order to initiate the long and difficult process of re-programming the behavioral and emotional patterns of those who are at-risk of becoming addicted to drugs and alcohol. As many studies have shown, there is a common tendency among those struggling with substance abuse issues to become angry and embittered when they find their sobriety: this is often referred to as becoming a “dry-drunk.” Petty Creek Ranch, being a recovery-oriented practice, believes that the “dry-drunk” phenomenon demonstrates how treating addiction cannot be limited, in focus, to the cessation of drug and alcohol use alone. It is our belief that treating addiction requires an approach that also rehabilitates the cognitive, emotional, and behavioral processes of those suffering from substance abuse issues in order for them to have a successful re-integration back into society.


Petty Creek Ranch uses Conflict Resolution for Recovery and Relapse Prevention to offer our boys additional tools and skills that they will need in order to live a healthy and self-directed life when they return home. Many of the boys who have taken the 12-session course have commented on how Conflict Resolution helped them repair damaged relationships with parents and siblings; others have said that Conflict Resolution enabled them to determine which friendships have been negative and toxic influences in their lives. As part of Petty Creek Ranch’s recovery-oriented system of care, Conflict Resolution for Recovery and Relapse Prevention is a program service item that will improve your son’s emotional maturity and will dramatically help him develop and maintain healthy personal relationships that have depth and are not based on using drugs or alcohol.

“Recovery is a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live self-directed lives, and strive to reach their full potential.” –SAMHSA definition of ‘Recovery.’


Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) is a treatment modality in which horses are used to introduce therapy clients to themselves in a manner that is more efficient and less threatening than traditional verbal therapy. During EAP sessions, horses become a metaphorical vehicle in which clients are able to observe their own instinctual behavioral patterns and reaction to external stimulation. Clients are taught that the principle interaction between humans and horses during all equestrian activities consists in the rider/trainer delivering non-verbal cues (reining, spurring, etc.) that apply a certain amount of pressure and pain on the animal. They are further taught that horses move toward pain and away from pressure, which makes riding and reining horses possible.


Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a treatment approach that takes as a premise the fact that thoughts, which assign meaning to the environment, precede and determine behavior. In trying to correct maladaptive behavior, the goal of the therapist is to facilitate a change in their clients’ cognition and to help them develop self-regulation and coping skills. This is accomplished by helping the client become aware of the various stimulus cues that they perceive at the onset of the decision-making process and by encouraging them to react to those cues in a manner that is consistent with their behavioral goals.

In the CBT perspective, behavioral outcomes are the product of motivational factors and coping skills rather than environmental variables, which makes this approach particularly valuable in an inpatient setting. Concern is always given, for instance, to the sustainably of one’s sobriety once they leave treatment and return to the previous social setting where the substance abuse originated. Although this is clearly a cause for concern and part of any comprehensive relapse prevention plan includes strategies to avoid situations that may trigger a desire to use drugs or alcohol, post discharge success is determined by how effective treatment was in renovating the primary relationship the individual has with these substances and of their ability to cope with life without them. The latter is more essential, as success ultimately boils down to whether or not a client has acquired some new skill set during the treatment process with respect to coping with future stressors. For this reason, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy is designed to remediate deficits in skills for coping and is instrumental in providing a framework in which the individual can analyze the antecedents to problematic behavioral patterns and develop mechanisms that prevent their enactment.

Petty Creek Ranch uses CBT as a means to help our clients develop these skill sets which will enable them to achieve a healthier lifestyle. We believe that the cognitive-behavioral approach promotes lasting change because it addresses the root cause of maladaptive behavior and allows our boys to create person-centered alternatives that are more authentic and self-directed. In addition to affecting personal agency and self-empowerment, CBT enables clients to overcome environmental factors and to develop a resiliency that will help them succeed when they leave our program and return home. As a leading evidence-based treatment modality for adolescents, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy can help struggling young men deal not only with substance abuse issues but also with anger management, divorce reaction, sibling rivalry, impulsivity, and depression.


Contact Number: (406) 722-3226

Email Adress: pettycreekranch@gmail.com