28348 US 285, Lamy, NM | Directions 8754035.454853 -105.892864
In support of NMGR – I was very disheartened to read the review by Mandy M. So, in response I would like to offer a review based on my own observations. I have observed first hand interactions between staff and residents in a classroom setting, during meals, during free time in the cottages, and while participating in outside activities over a period of a year. It has been my experience in observing staff that they make every attempt in maintaining a supportive, nurturing, and caring enviornment that encourages openness, trust, and accountability. Secondly, I have also observed in staff, a level of professionalism in proper decorum that is uncompromising. If I need further evidence of the fine work that this program provides and stands for, I have only the girls to ask, as open communication amongst residents, visitors and staff is encourgaged and respected.
It is also important to note that treatment providers who work with special needs population at one time or another will fall short, and it would be unrealistic to think or expect that any program will be able to meet the needs of every client it serves. Having said this, as a dual licensed therapist/clinical supervisor I am not of the position that an education demonstrates competency. While the value of an education can not be overstated, a large percentage of my support staff are non-degreed, and their dedication and commitment towards the clients that we serve is as evident and therefore as valuable as the work conducted by thier more educated licensed co-workers.
In closing I would like to add that during my interactions with the staff and residents at NMGR, they were not aware of my profession, as I was not functioning in a clinical capacity but as a family member of a resident.
CB in Albuquerque
Never send your child to the New Mexico Girls Ranch. – It is staffed by people without college, and in some cases no high school diploma. The staff is made up of volunteers whom they barely screen. Because of this, girls have been sexually and emotionally abused over the years by various staff members. The girls are overworked, and treated like criminals, when most of the time they are just foster kids or girls that came from dysfunctional homes, just to enter into another hell hole. Do not send them your money, do not send them your children. Girls have tried to commit suicide just to leave the place.
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