Troubled Teen Program

Hiking teens at Heart Mountain New Beginnings

The view from horseback at Heart Mountain New Beginnings[/caption]

6-Tiered Therapy Program

During their stay at Heart Mountain New Beginnings, troubled boys work their way through our therapy program by completing in sequence six different tiers. Each tier carries with it certain privileges and responsibilities. As a result,  completing a tier and moving on to the next one  soon becomes a goal for each boy. Each of the six tiers is described below:

Tier 1: Greenhorn - Wash away an unclean lifestyle

We call the first program tier “Greenhorn,” the term given to a new or inexperienced cowboy. The focus during the Greenhorn tier is the washing away of your sons’ unclean and unhealthy lifestyle. He will eat a nutritious diet based on whole grain foods full of complex carbohydrates that promote physical health and emotional stability; junk food is not allowed at HMNB except on special occasions. Physical conditioning along with work will play a strong role as we work to build a healthy body and improve self-esteem. Character education will begin in the Greenhorn tier as we start to form or reform the boys’ method of thinking and acting. The first forty days are an assessment period when we will determine, with you, if your son would benefit from the extended treatment program. Also during this time we will get to know your son and will make amendments to his service plan to develop a more defined treatment direction based on his individual strengths, weaknesses and needs.

The objectives of the Greenhorn tier are as follows:

  • Begin physical fitness program
  • Begin character education
  • Begin moral formation
  • Education with an emphasis on nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle
  • Greenhorn-Average time of completion 40 days

Steps for completion are as follows:

  • Complete character education course and reading assignments.
  • Complete physical fitness minimum requirements
  • Display obedience to authority
  • Develop building blocks of sound character such as recognition of right and wrong decisions, accepting consequences for behavior.
  • Demonstrate a desire to change past behavior patterns.
  • Participate in all therapy and/or counseling opportunities
  • Maintain a minimum of a “B” grade in the HMNB grading scale.
  • Other requirements as outlined in treatment plan.

Tier II: Drover – Turn from an unhealthy life to a life of forgiveness, sound decisions and hope

“Drover” was a term used in the late 1800s to describe working cowboys who trailed cattle to market or new ranges – an appropriate name for our second tier boys as they begin to push their old limits. During this tier there is a very strong focus on academics and the development of strong study habits. The Drover tier continues to build on the foundation gained in the Greenhorn tier. Emphasis in Drover is on forgiveness and rebuilding burnt bridges. During Drover, your son will participate with you in family and individual counseling sessions. Family sessions during this tier are by teleconference. The focus of this tier will be on sound decision-making and the hope of a brighter future. Upon completion of this tier, your son will either return home or enter the extended treatment program. The treatment team will offer their recommendations on continuing treatment at our facility or aftercare in the home environment.

The objectives of the Drover tier are as follows:

  • Continue physical fitness program
  • Learn and explore health and nutrition principles
  • Begin to cook and prepare meals
  • Continue moral formation
  • Begin school program and explore study habits that work for the individual boy

Steps for completion are as follows:

  • Complete character education course and reading assignments
  • Complete physical fitness minimum requirements
  • Continued obedience to authority
  • Exhibit morally sound decision-making abilities
  • Begin to show leadership capabilities
  • Participate in all therapy and/or counseling
  • Maintain a minimum of a “B” grade in the HMNB grading scale
  • Other requirements as outlined in treatment plan
  • Drover-Average time of completion 40 days

Tier III: Twister– Building and strengthening a moral foundation

Twisters were cowboys who broke and trained horses and HMNB twisters are boys who find themselves ready to learn new behaviors or be trained in a new way of life. Your son will learn skills to avoid the captivity of his former lifestyle. As this is the beginning of the extended treatment program, a full evaluation will have been completed and the main focus of this tier will be to solidify all values learned in the previous tiers, with a strong emphasis on building and strengthening a solid moral foundation. They will begin working with the purpose-driven life program. During this tier the boys will become more involved with animals.

The objectives of the Twister Tier are as follows:

  • Continue physical fitness program
  • Become active in the animal program
  • Develop responsible study habits
  • Continue moral formation
  • Continue school program
  • Begin riding in the equine program
  • Twister-Average time of completion 40 days

Steps for completion are as follows:

  • Complete character education course and reading assignments
  • Complete physical fitness minimum requirements
  • Continued obedience to authority
  • Continue to exhibit morally sound decision-making abilities
  • Exhibit strong leadership capabilities
  • Participate in all therapy and/or counseling
  • Maintain a minimum of a “B” grade in the HMNB grading scale
  • Participate in their slate cleaning
  • Other requirements as outlined in treatment plan
  • Tier IV: Vaquero– Learning to stay strong and resist temptation in the real world

    ”Vaquero” is a Spanish term for cowboy, and our Tier IV boys have learned the cowboy code of work, respect and doing the right thing. Your son will learn tools to help him resist temptation and succeed in life outside of HMNB. In this tier there will be an increased emphasis on family counseling and dynamics. His suggestions will be coupled with yours as we work together to develop a plan for his return home. Too often boys who have gone through similar programs return home with few of the structures in place that they have become accustomed to in a program. Here at HMNB we believe one of our strengths is in helping families put into practice at home what the boys have learned here, increasing the chances for continued success.

    The objectives of the Vaquero tier are as follows:

    • Continue academic programs
    • Continue physical fitness program
    • Continued family counseling
    • Personal involvement in establishing long-term life goals
    • Continue equine program
    • Vaquero-Average time of completion 120 days

    Steps for completion are as follows:

    • Maintain a minimum of a “B” grade in the HMNB grading scale for two consecutive grading periods
    • Complete reading assignments
    • Complete physical fitness minimum requirements
    • Continued obedience to authority
    • Exhibit morally strong decision-making abilities
    • Exhibit exceptional leadership abilities
    • Participate in all therapy and/or counseling
    • Other requirements as outlined in treatment plan

    Tier V: Ranahan– Planning for a happy and healthy future

    “Ranahan,” a term meaning the top cowboy. Now your son will focus his attention on making life goals and creating a plan to attain them. When he reaches this point, he will have the tools to analyze his goals and desires and create a plan that will provide him with lifelong stability and happiness. Your son should be well on his way to becoming a man of integrity. He will develop a life plan that he will share with you and will take with him when he leaves the program. During this time, he will be meeting with recruiters from colleges, universities, trade schools and the military to help him make future plans. If he will be completing his diploma here, he will be making plans to further his education upon his graduation from HMNB. If he will be completing high school at home, he will be working to develop a plan of success in his school life. We will work with him to develop methods of resisting temptation in his old school and around his old friends. He will also be active in developing a plan for his future after graduation from high school.

    The objectives of the Ranahan tier are as follows:

    • Develop a viable life plan
    • Continue academic programs (May include college courses)
    • Continue physical fitness program
    • Solidify integrity as a permanent life style
    • Vocational skills for life long enjoyment and gain
    • Refine and strengthen leadership skills
    • Lead the moral formation classes and or other group activities
    • Assist in training other boys
    • Be a sound role model to the other boys
    • Ranahan-Average time of completion 120 days

    Steps for completion are as follows:

    • Complete all objectives as defined above
    • Complete semester of school
    • Complete all treatment objectives as outlined in the treatment plan

    Tier VI : Dandy- Maturing into a Man of Integrity

    The final tier is the “Dandy” a term meaning fancy dressed gentleman, or exuding quality. Your son will continue his education and possibly start some college classes. He will continue to develop a life after HMNB’s plan. He will continue vocational training and community service. Many young men need the extra time the “Dandy” tier provides to finish school and therapy to solidify the lifestyle changes they desire.

    The objectives of the Dandy tier are as follows:

    • Develop a viable life plan
    • Continue academic programs (may include college courses)
    • Develop personal physical fitness program
    • Solidify integrity as a lifestyle habit
    • Vocational skills for life long enjoyment
    • Continue strengthening leadership skills
    • Lead moral formation classes and/or other group activities
    • Assist other boys through leading by positive example
    • Dandy-Average time of completion varies from 40 to 180 days depending on each boy’s individual treatment plan and academic progress

    Steps for completion are as follows:

    • Complete all objectives as defined above
    • Complete year of school or High School requirements
    • Complete the objectives of the individual treatment plan

    For more information on our troubled teen program, contact our admissions office now at 1-877-WYO-BOYS or by email.