Impact Ranch

Helps with— Moderate Behavioral Problems and Mental Health

  • Residential, 6-8 months long (More severe behavioral problems)
  • Uses the Strengthening Families Program
  • Located in Mona, Utah
  • Boys ages 13-18


What makes us unique?

  • Historic Ranch Setting (est. 1870)
  • Care and training of animals
  • Boys learn practical gardening skills

Services Provided while at the Program:

  • Daily groups (both PRS and Group Therapy)
  • Weekly individual Therapy (more if needed)
  • Work through Stages of Change
  • Each client is assigned a Guide to help them through their treatment
  • Clients go to school on site (credit recovery offered if needed)
  • Transports to Home Visits in later stages
  • Phone calls to family each week
  • Participate in service project and outdoor activities including treks

Impact Ranch Impact Ranch is for boys with moderate behavioral problems. It is a 16 bed facility and contracts with DJJS clients, ages 13 to 18 located in Mona Utah. The program is designed to be a 6-8 month program. Clients have daily groups (both PRS and group therapy). The clients meet with a therapist at least once a week and more if needed, as well as family therapy.

The clients go to school on site and are offered credit recovery if needed. School is sponsored by Nebo School District. While in treatment the clients work their way through the Stages of Change. For the last three months of the Program, clients and their familes participate in the Strengthening Families Program, including in-home Family Coaching and visits are overnight. The clients get to also have phone calls with their families each week. Each client has a guide that helps them through their treatment and will be in contact with the family in addition to their Therapist and Family Coach.

They participate in service projects and outdoor activities, including treks. The boys are able to work with animals, learning patience and kindness. The boys learn life skills that will be useful to them in the future.

Enrollment Information:

Enrollment: Chelsea Thomas – 801.885.7245
Program Director: Alex Atwood – 801.851.0935
Assistant Director: Dustin McGowan – 801.376.5195


Alex Atwood – Program Director

Alexander AtwoodWas Born and raised in Utah County, Has worked in residential treatment for nearly 4 years, Graduated from Utah Valley University with a bachelors in behavioral science with an emphasis in psychology. Enjoys the outdoors and an active life style. Hobbies include Hunting, fishing and mountain biking.

Dustin McGowan – Assistant Director

Dustin McGowanDustin McGowan is a Seattle native and is a sports enthusiast. He grew up playing many sports, from football, baseball, hockey, snowboarding and lacrosse. Dustin served a 2 year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Frankfurt Germany. He is married,and enjoys being a father. While attending Utah State and Utah Valley University, Dustin was a student athlete playing lacrosse. He is currently working towards a degree in Sociology. Dustin has been with the Journey since 2012 starting off as an Instructor and is currently Assistant Director. Dustin enjoys working with youth and helping them make positive changes.


Ted Bell, M.Ed., LCMHC

TedBellTed has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Marketing and a Master’s Degree in Education with an emphasis in Educational Counseling. He obtained licensure in June 2010 as a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC). Prior to joining The Journey Ted worked for ten years in Juvenile Justice Services (JJS) with youth in outpatient, residential, and secure settings as a Counselor and Case Manager. His clinical experience includes over seven years of conducting individual, family, and group psychotherapy and completing court-ordered psychosocial parenting and mental health assessments. Ted’s experience also includes five years with Alternative Youth Adventures (90-day experiential/ wilderness program for adjudicated youth). He served as a Senior Field Instructor, Field Specialist, Team Leader/Supervisor, and Discharge Director. His specialty is working with at-risk teens (11-18 years) with diagnoses of ADHD, depression, and anxiety as well specific addictions (substance abuse, video game, pornography, etc.), trauma/PTSD, and other behavioral issues. He is passionate about helping teens and their parents understand and navigate challenging times. He is a Scout Master of five years and served his church for two years as a missionary in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He is an accomplished whitewater kayaker, rock climber, mountaineer, telemark skier, and world traveler. He looks forward to serving the youth and parents in Salt Lake County.

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