The Be Brave Ranch opened it’s doors to the first group of children on Thursday, September 4th, 2014.
The Be Brave Ranch by Ray LaBonte and Family is a treatment centre focused solely to help children who have been sexually abused, as well as their families. The Be Brave Ranch program (supported by Little Warriors) offers these children a place to heal and increase their chances of growing into healthy adults, and supports both the child and their families in their own environment for a full year.
To provide a safe and secure place of treatment and healing, aimed at the mind, body, heart and spirit of child victims and their families.
- To provide children who have experienced the horror of sexual abuse a safe place to heal
- To provide families affected by child sexual abuse a place to deal with their emotions, grief, guilt and profound anger so they are able to support their children
- To provide those in relationships with sexual abuse survivors, a place to learn about symptoms, prevention and how to understand the long lasting effects
The Be Brave Ranch offers an evidence-based treatment program that combines multiple proven therapies for children ages 8-12. It starts with an initial 20-day period at the Be Brave Ranch, during which they form close relationships with the 7 other members of their peer-group (“cohort”). This is followed by long-term therapy and support for the child and their family lasting a full year. During this extended period, children come back to the Be Brave Ranch for 3 other 7-day periods for further therapy and to reconnect in person with their cohort.
During the one-year program there is more than 200 hours of diverse therapy for children and their families run by clinical professionals, and offering a unique program including:
- Intensive trauma focused-cognitive behavioural therapy (TF-CBT)
- Art therapy
- Play therapy
- Music therapy
- Recreational activities
- Peer group (cohort) support
Therapy is provided in an enriched “camp-like” environment in which children also have lots of fun! Being in cohorts helps each child recognize they are not alone, and gives them peers who have experienced similar traumas. The children form long-term relationships with deep bonds, and these also help the children heal.
Child abuse affects the whole family; thus, our program also incorporates family-centered therapy. Children come to the Be Brave Ranch with a parent or caregiver whenever possible. The Be Brave Ranch provides a safe environment for the child and their family to heal.
For more information please see the Be Brave Ranch FAQ
Building Brave Documentary
Watch the Building of the Be Brave Ranch as aired on Shaw TV Edmonton here.
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