Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch (DBGR) offers residential and outpatient programs for adolescents dealing with co-occurring disorders. The programs provide therapeutic educational services from a Christian perspective. There are DBGR campuses throughout North Dakota in Minot, Fargo and Bismarck.
Accommodations and Food
DBGR has accommodations at three different campuses for up to 107 boys and girls between the ages of 10 and 19. Which campus children live on is determined by their age and the severity of their condition. All three locations are located on serene flat plains in the countryside. The Minot campus most resembles a ranch with horses, stalls and a barn, all of which are available to Dakota residents. Residents also have easy access to various sports fields and chapels located within each campus.
The Minot and Bismarck campuses offer higher levels of care for residents up to 18 years old while the Fargo Youth Home has the option of accommodating teens up to 19 years old. The bedrooms are arranged dormitory style, with bunk beds in each room as well as a window and desk. Residents are served three meals daily with healthy snacks in the afternoon and evening.
Treatment and Staff
At DBGR, individualized treatment plans are created to monitor each resident’s progress on a regular basis. All residents are required to attend Dakota Memorial School while simultaneously immersed in a treatment program. Each campus has a Dakota Memorial School on-site along with dual diagnosis treatment.
A typical day at the Ranch starts at 6:30 am with a shower and breakfast. Rooms must be tidy and homework must be ready before school at 7:55 am. From 8 am to 2:15 pm all children attend school, with a break at noon to have lunch. Once school is out, residents have an hour before attending their daily group therapy. Depending on the day of the week, there are various treatment groups that clients attend before dinner at 5:35 pm.
Groups offered include a spiritual life group, a wellness group and a social skills group. Some residents might have individual therapy during this time as well. After dinner, clients are encouraged to participate in recreational activities until 7:20 pm. Lastly, all residents must spend at least 40 minutes studying before lights out, which is typically between 9 and 10 pm.
There is an outpatient program offered through Dakota Family Services in Minot and Fargo. This option offers individual, family, and group therapy on a weekly basis.
Aside from highly engaged teachers, residents also have access to a psychiatrist, psychologists, family nurse practitioner, registered nurses, therapists and addiction counselors.
DBGR offers an equine therapy program to encourage physical, psychological, social, and educational benefits for the residents. Participants are instructed in riding skills and take part in numerous therapeutic activities with their horse. Many clients bond with a specific horse, which usually has had a similar background—such as neglect, physical or emotional abuse. The clients take on the role of a caregiver for their horse and as they work together, a relationship builds on trust, honesty, and respect.
The programs at Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch are a valuable resource for families in the Dakotas. The facilities assure that each resident is well cared for during their recovery process. The daily routines are highly monitored by a certified team of caring professionals. Not only do adolescents receive quality treatment, but it’s also affordable.
Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch
6301 19th Ave
Minot, ND 58703
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