We start off every morning with a group roundup detailing what the day is going to look like with any updates and changes.
6:30 AM to 7AM
Wake-up, get dressed, personal hygiene, calesthenics, feed animals
- 8:00 AM Breakfast (Eat & Clean up)
- 9:00AM-12 PM Ranch Projects, School, or Equine Therapy
- 12:00 PM Lunch (Eat & Clean up)
- 1:00-2:00 PM Group Therapy (4 Days per week, Ranch Meeting (1 Day per week)
- 2:00-5:00 PM Ranch Projects, School, or Equine Therapy (Schedule Rotates)
- 5:00 PM Animal Chores
- 5:30 PM Dinner (Eat & Clean up)
- 6:30 PM Recreation (Weight Lifting, Sporting Activities, Indoor Games)
- 8:00 PM “Trail Time” (Journal Writing & Shower Time)
- 9:00 PM Curfew, Lights Out, Retire to bed
Our equine specialists are professionals in all walks of horses and the benefits they provide.
We do not do drill sergeants. We do not do physical discomfort. We do not do negative reinforcement or punishment. What we do is provide work and animal care challenges appropriate to our setting as a working horse ranch and high school. Equine therapy is effective and demonstrates how certain learned, negative behaviors are ineffective. Young, hot-tempered boys get nowhere with a horse by yelling, pushing, shoving or hitting. Once a young man can demonstrate to himself that persuasion is achievable through gentleness and kind deeds, he begins to realize that there are better means of communication and behavior than the ones he has been displaying in his daily life. What is more, the results are so much more satisfying.
Through the care and training of horses, young boys can witness the positive effects of their behavior modification first hand and to their immediate benefit. Here are some of the invaluable lessons boys learn about themselves on the ranch:
- My aggression will provoke your aggression which in turn escalates my aggression.
- You can change my behavior and reactions by changing your own.
- You create your own behavioral problems.
Equine therapy demonstrates the practical application of non-violent behavior. Coupled with education in positive behavior models such as the Arbinger Principles, we can integrate and internalize that knowledge to bring about desired results in behavior patterns. Our teachers, wranglers and counselors are all educated and trained in the application of The Arbinger Principles.
Equine therapy is just one of the many things that sets us apart as a therapeutic boarding school for building men of integrity. Successful behavioral change at Arivaca Boys Ranch comes with a unique combination of:
- Wranglers who are adept at adolescent psychology and teach boys about accepting hard work
- Counselors who counsel and mentor the behavioral changes needed to adequately fit back into social settings
- Teachers who help young men regain academic standing
- An understanding of the medical and psychological conditions that contribute to unacceptable behavior
- The chief ingredient, Equine Therapy
Maybe you have heard of them and maybe you haven’t, but these seven principles provide a foundation for moving behavior from anger and violence to positive motivational action. The principles were developed by the Arbinger Institute, which is a worldwide leader in training on self-deception. The seven principles, greatly abbreviated here, are:
- Every person has hopes, needs, cares and fears.
- Other people's hopes, needs, cares, and fears are less important than our own; we see others as objects rather than as people.
- To see a fellow person as an inferior object is to harbor a violent heart toward them.
- We communicate how we feel about others even when we try to hide it.
- When others detect violence in our hearts, they tend to become defensive and to see us as objects. Violence in one heart provokes violence in others.
- Most occasions of outward violence are manifestations of a prior, and often escalating, conflict between violent hearts; that provokes further violence.
- Any effort to reduce outward violence will succeed only to the extent that it addresses the core problem—the problem of violent hearts.
When you contact Arivaca by online form or telephone, we will provide you all the information you need, including current tuition rates. We would love to talk with you, and should our program not be a good fit for your son, we can provide information about other programs across the country which may be more appropriate for your son or your budget.
From the time your teenage son arrives at the ranch, goals are set and worked towards. Boys are presented with new challenges until, ultimately, they are ready to return home and once again begin to enjoy their youth with family and friends.
When your son returns home, our job is not finished. We continue to communicate with you and your son, and help monitor his well being. Your son will proudly reflect proudly his accomplishments at Arivaca Boys Ranch.
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After making the decision to join the Arivaca walk of life, we provide each parent with a packet that contains all necessary forms, intake process information, a list of personal items needed and/or provided, important contact information and other information regarding our program such as:
- Accredited academic program with individualized program and instruction.
- Individualized therapy for prescribed treatment with on-going assessment for appropriate adjustments.
- Group therapy for communication skill development, anger management and problem solving.
- Life-changing seminars for parents and students on the campus to help provide the tools necessary for building a strong family relationship and ensure the student knows his parent is always there for him.
- Guaranteed follow-up and related benefits upon successful completion of the program.
- A great year-round outdoor environment conducive to outdoor activities.
- The entire ranch culture is based on “Arbinger” principles (arbinger.com) . Boys experience change from the inside out.
- We create an attitude of giving rather than taking, and provide a solid foundation for a productive and fulfilling life.
- Boys learn self-sufficiency and independence by performing regular chores, preparing meals and doing laundry, cleaning, self care, etc.
- Boys develop a strong work ethic and sense of personal responsibility and accountability.
- Recreational, social and cultural activities are offered as rewards and/or personal enhancement. These include trips to Oracle Canyon, Arizona and horse-packing trips in Colorado.
- Regular communications via email or phone calls between parents and staff is encouraged to ensure parents receive updated information on the student's progress and personal growth.
Immediate decisions without affecting your credit, longer terms for lower monthly payments, no collateral required, no prepayment penalties, fast & easy loan inquiry process, and 100% confidential.
We take our academics seriously with a hands-on supervisor on staff at all times.
Our chores are an essential part of advancing in leadership rank and personal responsibility for each boy.
If you are looking for an exciting, rewarding career experience, consider joining out team.
Working with struggling young men provides unique challenges accompanied by some of the most rewarding experiences one can have as part of employment. This is truly a life changing employment opportunity. No one is the same after working at Arivaca Boys Ranch. We provide unique training that not only helps one be effective working with our clientele (young men), but creates personal life growth and changes. This is more than a job, it is an adventure!
Full Time Masters Level Therapist
- Applicants must have a minimum Masters Degree in an appropriate field. (Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, etc)
- Therapists work a 4 day schedule
- Clientele are young men 14-17 that struggle with various emotional and conduct disorders.(ADD, ODD, RAD, Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, other)
- Wranglers live with the boys 24/7 and guide them through their day. (Youth Guides)
- They are trained by us to be Behavioral Health Para-Profesinals.
- Wranglers work 3 days on, 4 off, and then 4 on, 3 off.
- We provide training. Room and board is provided while on shift.
- Wranglers need to exhibit patience, care, and the ability to motivate young men. Wranglers work beside the young men in all their activities. Although horse experience is not necessary, wranglers will help the boys in their equine activities and learn basic horsemanship skills. Wranglers need to be able to do physical labor along side their boys, and demonstrate a strong work ethic the boys can follow.
- Wranglers are expected to be drug free (regular testing), and to have high moral values. We expect wranglers to be living examples and to inspire our boys by example.
- Wranglers must have a High School Diploma or equivalent.
I am interested in: Therapist, Wrangler or Other
Previous Work Experience:
Attach Resume if available.
We expect our leaders to exhibit patience, care, and the ability to motivate young men.
Our therapists are given many different opportunities to bond and help the young men progress.
Arivaca Teen Boys Ranch and Academy
Located in the rolling hills of Southern Arizona, Arivaca Teen Boys Ranch and Academy is a unique and historic ranch founded in 1878. The campus is rich in history and stories. Old adobe barns and houses built in 1890 are still seen on the ranch. This creates a reverent tone and hfeeling of healing on the ranch that is hard to explain. The Old West is still alive on the Arivaca Boys Ranch — it’s an experience few will ever get the chance to discover. Cattle and horses graze on the 240 acre property, a fitting part of the working ranch. At night, it is not uncommon to hear the coyotes howling. Deer, javelina, quail and even an occasional cougar are residents of our boys ranch.
Round-ups are held twice a year as nearly 300 young steers are branded. The night air is full of the sound of bawling calves separated from their mothers for the first time. Round-ups are done the old-fashioned way with horses and lariats. The hills are combed on horseback looking for cows and their calves for a week before the day of branding. Visitors come from near and far, even from overseas, to witness the Arivaca Roundup. Tortillas and beans are cooked up and served and everyone feels like it is a fiesta... it is!
The boys ranch is at 3800 feet elevation. Moderate winters and summers, similar to the climate of inland San Diego, create the perfect year-round climate for “horse play". Arivaca gets about 17 inches of rain a year. At times of the year, the rolling hills are green with high grass. Evenings and mornings are always cool and pleasant. This is a perfect environment for working with teen boys and horses in therapy – a great way to teach responsibility and true manliness.