At Beartooth Mt. Ascent, we believe that our unique treatment model can help troubled young men heal both inwardly and outwardly. Our program is meant to inspire, motivate, and help each person discover his unique gifts and strengths. By using a combination of traditional and experiential methods of therapy and real-time activities, we’re able to create moments for learning, self-reflection, and humility, even in the most resistive student. Where other behavioral and addiction recovery programs can fail their patients after they’ve left a program, we’ve developed a therapeutic approach to recovery.
By working with our ranch horses, these young men are able to take responsibility for something other than themselves. Through bonding, overcoming frustrations, and “getting back on the horse” when they inevitably fall off, our students learn how to build lifelong relationships that involve clear communication, patience, and understanding.
Where traditional therapy can often stifle genuine expression, experiential therapy gets our students out into the world around them. Through our nature and relationship-based forms of therapy, they’re encouraged to express themselves, identify their triggers, and gain a greater understanding of who they are.
Every person, regardless of their defining characteristics, seeks out five basic needs: achievement, belonging, independence, fun, and survival. When a young man cannot obtain these basic needs, health issues can arise. Seeking out these needs can be done in a completely healthy and positive way and we hope to teach these young men by not dealing on past behavior, but choosing better behaviors for the future.
We believe that the role families play in the rehabilitation of the boys in our care is important and sometimes necessary. Strong family connections and the rebuilding of healthy relationships can help your loved one as they transition back into a world outside of Beartooth Mt. Ascent. Help us help them build better communication skills, self-awareness, and strength of character.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
The therapists and mentors in our program use cognitive behavioral therapy to help each individual realize their negative thought patterns that lead to their dangerous behaviors. Quite often, these young men have never known proper techniques on how to take control of these ingrained patterns. They may have never been asked to challenge their behavior and understand why they do what they do. By using various activities to reframe those negative patterns, we help students to cope in ways that promote emotional and physical healing.