University of Alberta and Little Warriors to release Be Brave Ranch clinical results next week

Above: Theo Fleury listens to speakers at the opening of the Be Brave Ranch Sept. 27, 2014. – Morinville News File Photo

by Morinville News Staff

Nineteen months after it opened and seven months after its first year of operation, the University of Alberta and Little Warriors are set to release the results from the first clinical trials performed at the Little Warriors Be Brave Ranch.

The ranch, opened Sept. 27, 2014, is the only facility of its kind to offer intensive, dedicated and multi-modal treatment to child sexual abuse survivors (aged 8 to 12). The program provides child survivors with access to a range of individual and group therapies and treatments in a residential setting alongside peers who have experienced similar trauma.

“The Be Brave Ranch was built to give every child the opportunity to grow into a happy, healthy adult,” said Little Warriors Founder and Chair Glori Meldrum in a release Monday. “Our transformative intervention model uses an intensive approach to target the long-term impacts of child sexual abuse and to help restore what was taken from these children and families. We are so proud to share the initial clinical results from our first year of operations.”

Be Brave Ranch’s programming was developed under the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry with a team led by Dr. Peter Silverstone and supported by Dr. Jacqui Linder, an expert Traumatologist at City University of Seattle.

The University will announce their findings Monday, Apr. 18 at 10 a.m. at the Oborowsky Degner Seminar Hall in the Li Ka Shing Building.