ASSESSMENT AND EVALUATION
The First Step
The Diagnostic Assessment Period is the first and essential step therapeutically 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. Often our student’s who are being evaluated struggle with shame, embarrassment, and secrets revolving their sexual issues. This evaluation process helps them to own their story, come out of shame, feel safe and comfortable enough to share with their therapist and parents what is really going on, thus allowing Oxbow to better understand the course of treatment we need for each of our students.
During the evaluation phase, students are integrated into academics, residential living, and therapy that is separate from our program’s milieu. Students work with their therapist to provide a full disclosure of all previous sexual and non-sexual activities. They then will validate their disclosure by taking a clinical polygraph, which is administered by an independent licensed expert in adolescent sexual issues. The test 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. Many of our parents are only aware of the tip of the iceberg prior to our evaluation. The disclosure and clinical polygraph help students begin the healing process be being absolutely honest with themselves, their families, and their therapists. It helps them to rebuild trust with their parents, move out of shame, and also provides us with a more accurate picture of what is really going on. At Oxbow Academy, we feel it is our responsibility to properly support and help each of our students work through their disclosure, and prepare to pass their polygraph successfully.
Many Oxbow students arrive having already received some form of psychological evaluation or even a psychosexual evaluation. However, because students have not been completely honest about their sexual behaviors in previous counseling or therapeutic settings, test results can be incomplete and not fully accurate.
Upon successful completion of the clinical polygraph, all of the treatment notes, residential notes, academic progress, validation test 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. Oxbow Academy refers each of our students to an independent licensed psychologist to give a third party, non-biased recommendation if they need to complete the full program at Oxbow Academy, and if so, helping us outline an individual treatment plan for that particular student. If the student does not need our specific services, then recommendation for a different course or treatment is provided.
At the end of the diagnostic assessment period, 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 an admissions counselor, at 855-676-4272.
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