Oxbow students are developing adolescents. While the impact of their behaviors cannot be minimized, treatment is specifically designed with a developing child in mind. Accepting responsibility for past behaviors and being accountable for present actions form a foundation for healing.
Three keys to accountability and successful treatment at Oxbow Academy are honesty, commitment, and risk.
Honesty means no lies, storytelling, or half-truths. This may be one of the hardest things our students must learn in a very sort period of time. The polygraph students take during the assessment phase of treatment is crucial to helping them be honest with themselves and others. The more honest students are in the beginning of their therapy, the more quickly they progress.
Students must be committed. They must be willing to fully engage in the therapeutic process. This is done by being honest with their therapists, interacting pro-socially with peers, staff and family, asking questions, and talking about difficult issues.
Finally, students are asked to risk. This means openly sharing their sexual and non sexual history, thoughts and feelings, as well as identifying high risk factors that they have while in treatment. Students keep no secrets from therapists, staff members or their families. Their willingness to risk opens the door to healing.
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.
Oxbow Academy – New Hope, New Help, No Secrets.™