Ashcreek Ranch Academy
652 N Shady Ln, Toquerville, Utah, 84774
Ashcreek Ranch Academy is an equine assisted treatment program for adolescent boys between the ages of 14 and 18 suffering from academic, behavioral, or substance abuse issues. Boasting over 100 horses and 75 acres, Ashcreek Ranch Academy’s unique experience allows participants to harness a powerful work ethic through a remarkable horsemanship program designed specifically for young men. The hands-on approach of experiential equine therapy promotes personal accountability in boys, while also emphasizing the importance of mutual trust and respect as a part of all healthy relationships. During their stay on the ranch, participants receive a world class academic education and are assisted in credit recovery if needed. Participants also receive individual, group, and family counseling, as well as substance use groups and meetings.
- Equine Therapy
- Additional Assistance & Credit Recovery
- College Prep Academic Exprience
Horsemanship ProgramNatural Horsemanship for Therapeutic Intervention represents a fundamental part of our experiential therapy program at Ashcreek Ranch Academy. The central aim of equine therapy is to help our students create healthy relationships based on mutual trust and respect. Many times, the lack of understanding of the importance of “trust” and “respect” is the teen’s core issue. Therefore, “trust” and “respect” becomes the focal point of the therapeutic goal.
Community Service FocusAshcreek Ranch Academy is also very committed to participation in community service projects. Community service provides an atmosphere in which boys learn to enrich the lives of others by getting outside of themselves. Ashcreek Ranch Academy students participate in community and neighborhood service projects to promote self-esteem and a sense of purpose. Service projects consist of work projects, as well as visiting those who are in need of friendship and companionship at local nursing homes, senior citizens centers or assisted living homes.
Meet the Staff
- Tammy Prince BehrmannExecutive DirectorTammy began working in her first Adolescent Residential Treatment Center in 1989, while working her way through college. She worked in nearly all departments, learning all aspects of Residential care. Eventually, she was promoted to Admissions Director, a position she held for five years. In 1996, Tammy moved to Arizona, where she was an integral team member in founding and opening a successful Therapeutic Boarding School (her first ownership endeavor). Then in 1998, she realized her own dream by founding a nationally recognized Girls Therapeutic Boarding School in Lake Montezuma, Arizona, Sedona Sky Academy, which is still very successful today. Tammy received her Associate of Science degree from Dixie College and proceeded to complete undergraduate work at Southern Utah University and Brigham Young University in Business Administration and Marketing.
- Garth LasaterAssociate DirectorGarth has over eighteen years of experience working in residential treatment programs. His past experience has included being the Outpatient Director of the Utah Alcoholism Foundation’s Central Utah Treatment Center, where he also worked with alcoholic/drug abusive clients in a sixty-day inpatient program. He has worked for the Division of Family Services within the State of Utah, assisting families and adolescents in crisis. Garth received his Bachelor’s Degree in Social work from Brigham Young University, and his Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas (UNLV).
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