About Little Warriors and the Be Brave Ranch
Little Warriors is a national, charitable organization based in Alberta. They are focused on the awareness, prevention and treatment of child sexual abuse. They also advocate on behalf of and with child sexual abuse survivors.
Little Warriors is committed to raising awareness about child sexual abuse, offering a treatment facility to help children cope with the devastating effects of child sexual abuse, and providing child sexual abuse prevention strategies to adults through education – all this while ensuring the rights, needs and interests of children are respected and protected.
The Be Brave Ranch treatment program is based on intensive episodes of treatment. We support healing using evidence-informed clinical interventions, including TF-CBT (Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), DBT (Dialectical Behavioral) informed interventions, Expressive Therapies (Art, Psychodrama, etc.), Somatic Therapeutic Interventions, Indigenous Elder teachings, Animal-Assisted Therapy, EMDR, Music Therapy, Group Therapy, Family Therapy, and Individual Therapy.
The treatment for the children aged 8-12 begins with a 28- day stay at the Be Brave Ranch and a 12-day stay for girls aged 13-16. During their initial intensive intervention, children are placed in a peer group or “cohort”, which helps them create strong bonds and encourages greater support. Throughout the year, children return to the Ranch for three additional intensive interventions for 12 days to continue their face-to-face therapy and reconnect with their cohort in person. In between stays, children work with the clinical team on an outpatient basis and in collaboration with resources in their community.
None of this would have been possible without Glori’s dedication, perseverance and passion for the work that we have been able to achieve to make a difference in the lives of children.
In 2012, after many tireless meetings and phone calls, Glori secured a partnership with researchers at the University of Alberta to develop a unique workshop in Canada to educate adults to help prevent and respond to child sexual abuse, and to develop the multi-modal, evidence based trauma therapy program that is now offered today at the Little Warriors Be Brave Ranch.
The evidence-based education workshop Prevent It! was launched in early 2015 and research shows it significantly improves attitudes, knowledge and behaviour. This workshop is unique in Canada and was developed using research-informed methods and evaluated with scientific rigour. To date, over 30,000 adults have been educated across Canada.
In October 2014, Glori fulfilled the final piece of her vision and her dream of providing a treatment centre for children who have been sexually abused. After years of fundraising and tireless effort the Little Warriors Be Brave Ranch opened its doors and welcomed the first cohort of children to begin receiving treatment. Located on a property just east of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada the Little Warriors Be Brave Ranch is the first of its kind treatment centre in the world.
Over 300 children have attended the treatment program at the Be Brave Ranch since it opened its doors. Clinical data results confirm the success of the Be Brave Ranch treatment program for boys and girls aged 8-12 and girls aged 13-16. The results include highly significant reductions in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression and anxiety. Additionally, the intensive and comprehensive treatment program significantly improves self-esteem, cognitive abilities and resiliency. With these results, the children will have:
– Reduced mental health related issues, including depression and anxiety
– Increase in self esteem
– A greatly reduced risk of future drug and alcohol use
– Increased performance in school
– A decrease in school dropout rates
– A decrease in suicide rates
– A decrease in interactions with the criminal justice system
This would not have been possible without Glori breaking new ground and traditional barriers to be innovative and raise the bar on awareness, prevention and treatment of child sexual abuse.