ASSESSMENT AND EVALUATION
The First Step
A 90 day assessment and evaluation is the first phase of therapy at Oxbow. The goal is to help parents and referring professionals determine exactly what level of care students require and decide where and how that care is best provided.
During this phase, students are integrated into academics, residential living and therapy. Students work with their therapist to provide a full disclosure of all previous sexual and non-sexual activities. They take a therapeutic polygraph test, which is administered by an independent licensed expert in adolescent sexual issues. The polygraph is used to validate the student’s honesty and expedite the treatment process.
Because shame and guilt is often associated with sexual issues, most students have only partially, if at all, disclosed their sexual history. The disclosure and polygraph help students begin therapy being absolutely honest with themselves, their families, and their therapists.
Many Oxbow students arrive having already received some form of psychological evaluation. However, because students have not been completely honest about their sexual behaviors in previous counseling or therapeutic settings, test results can be incomplete.
Upon successful completion of the polygraph, all of the treatment notes, residential notes, academic progress, polygraph report, disclosure, and sexual history are submitted to an independent licensed psychologist who specializes in adolescent psychosexual evaluations, which includes a sexual behavioral risk assessment.
Psychosexual testing is critical because it is only done when the evaluator is in possession of all of the students’ information. That ensures the most accurate testing possible. Once the evaluation is complete, clinicians, families and educational consultants can determine the best possible treatment course.
At the end of 90 days, parents and allied professionals have an accurate and complete profile upon which to focus treatment.
If you would prefer to discuss your situation with a counselor, we invite you to call Erin Nester, our admissions counselor, at (435) 469-0683.
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