The Little Warriors Be Brave Ranch is an intensive, intensive, multi-modal, trauma informed treatment centre in Canada that focuses exclusively on the treatment of child sexual abuse.

As a member of a government agency or as a provider of a social service, you are undoubtedly aware of the devastating prevalence and long-term impacts of child sexual assault. Working together, we can help child sexual abuse survivors access the support they need to flourish into happy, healthy adults.

If you are considering referring a child to the Be Brave Ranch, we have outlined some comprehensive information on the treatment that we provide. While a parent or primary caregiver is responsible for child enrollment, we appreciate the valuable role you play in educating parents on their available treatment options. If you have any additional questions that are not addressed below, please refer to our FAQ section or email us at info@littlewarriors.ca.

Who Can Apply

The Be Brave Ranch program is open to girls and boys ages 8-12, and girls ages 13-16 who have reported and documented childhood sexual abuse.

Program Overview

The be Brave Ranch treatment program is based on an intensive Tri-Phasic Model of intervention. We support healing using evidence-informed clinical interventions, including TF-CBT (Trauma Focussed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), DBT (Dialectical Behavioral) informed interventions, Expressive Therapies (Art, Psychodrama, etc.), Somatic Therapeutic Interventions, Animal-Assisted Therapy, EMDR, Music Therapy, Group Therapy. Family Therapy, and Individual Therapy.

Treatment combines on-site and outpatient therapies that are delivered over the course of one year and divided into four episodes of intensive interventions:

  • Children will visit the Be Brave Ranch a total of four times over a 12-month period.
  • For children ages 8-12, the first visit is 28 days long, and for adolescents the first visit is 12 days long.
  • The three subsequent visits are 12 days long and staggered throughout the year.
  • In between stays, children will work with their therapist and a clinical transitional coordinator on an outpatient basis via weekly group teleconferences, in collaborations with resources in their community.

Child Outcomes

Preliminary details of our program have already been published in a peer-reviewed journal. Study outcomes will also be published at the end of our clinical data collection project. We are excited to note that after the initial 28-day stay at the Be Brave Ranch, children are already displaying improvements in depression, PTSD symptoms, attachment behaviors, self-esteem, anxiety and healthy peer interaction.

Societal Outcomes

Scientific literature has identified more than 45 pathological outcomes of child sexual abuse, such as psychiatric disorders, drug and alcohol abuse and interactions with the criminal justice system. All of these outcomes present societal and economic impacts that reach far and wide.

Treatment at the Be Brave Ranch is specifically designed to prevent and treat 42 of these pathological outcomes. We are not only offering these children an opportunity to heal, we are looking to achieve outcomes that benefit generations to come and society as a whole.

The Application Process

If you are assisting a parent or primary caregiver with enrollment, we have included a step-by-step outline below of our application process. If you have questions regarding a child’s eligibility or our treatment program in general, please contact us at info@littlewarriors.ca, and we would be happy to supply you with any additional information you may need.

Step 1:

Click apply now  and fill out the corresponding online form.

Step 2:

A therapist will call you within 30 days to confirm your application was received and to review your child’s suitability for the program.

Step 3:

The therapist will schedule and complete a phone screening with you. In general, these conversations take one to two hours to complete.

Step 4:

The Screening information will be reviewed with the Clinical Team and you will be informed of a decision following the screening process within 1 week.

Step 5:

A clinical team representative will discuss an enrollment date for your child to begin the Be Brave Ranch’s treatment program.

Step 5:

Prior to the start date, a clinical transitional coordinator will contact you regarding the orientation and intake day and will support you with any further information and details needed.