Brett Vacek

Director of Clinical and Operations, MA

I earned my undergraduate degree at Taylor University in Psychology and my Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Illinois University. I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor. During my master’s program, I worked at an adolescent inpatient center for substance use. Upon graduation, I started working at the Robert Young Center where I worked primarily with males from the ages of 18-99+ with a substance use disorder diagnosis; mainly dependence. In addition to working in an outpatient setting, I worked in the inpatient substance abuse unit, the inpatient mental health unit, the ED department where I conducted crisis evaluations, and individual therapy for a variety of mental health disorders. I was trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy during my master’s program, but I also utilize Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and EMDR in my treatment approach. My desire when working with individuals is to understand their basis of guilt and shame, which prompts them to hold unhealthy beliefs about themselves and therefore leads to the use of substances and then subsequently the development of addiction. In addition to my clinical work I have also had the opportunity to be an adjunct instructor of psychology at two separate collegiate institutions within the area. The Ranch allows individuals to cope with the shame and guilt that lies underneath the addiction through methods that aim at healing the individually internally. Serenity gained through the various treatment modalities offered at the Ranch is something that can be carried on with the individual when they go back to daily life. My hope is to help foster that internal healing through the journey that will be embarked on at the Ranch. I will step alongside and offer encouragement and a safe place for an individual to shed their old self, which includes destructive thoughts, self-loathing emotions, and a helpless hopelessness and realize the beauty that lies within.

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The vast techniques and processes that they incorporate along with the amazing environment and facilities at Top of the World Ranch are what I, as a recovering alcoholic and addict, find essential in physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual healing and growth.


AMAZING facility with a knowledgeable, friendly staff. I recently had the opportunity to tour the ranch and I must say that I was thoroughly impressed. The facility grounds are expansive and absolutely peaceful. Perfect setting for healing, discovery, and recovery.


The Main Lodge is unlike any other treatment center...from the counselors' offices, the programming rooms, the games and leisure rooms, to the Chef's culinary skills...i was in awe. The staff, effortlessly, made me feel welcomed. I felt I belonged, I was safe.


On Top of the World Ranch , the place is amazing. The facility is beyond beautiful and lead by a staff that is the best in their field. It is tucked away in the country, just outside of the Quad Cities. Very conveniently located near airport or any of the Interstates , very easy to get to.

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