The Blog

Learn a little more about Oxbow Academy and our residential treatment center. We specialize in working with teens who have struggled with sexual abuse, sexual addiction, pornography addiction or other compulsive behaviors. You may also enjoy a simple post about a weekend activity or other therapeutic activity at our program.

Oxbow Team to Teach Colleagues in Troubled Teen Care

Oxbow’s Executive Director Shawn Brooks and Clinical Director Todd Spaulding have been invited to present a seminar at the national convention of the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP). The invitation comes on the...
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Courageous Parents: Loving Pressure Brings Honesty, Accountability and Healing

For the past several months Oxbow staff has been working with a young man on completing his full disclosure.  He was initially highly resistant to disclose, although had dabbled in it.  As the items on his disclosure were altered by the week, it was...
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“A Boy Who Was Broken” – A Family Who is Healed

Shwan Brooks, Oxbow’s Executive Director, received this letter this month from the parent of one of our graduates. We gratefully share it’s contents with our blog readers. To protect this family’s privacy, their names have been ommitted...
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A New Day for a Once Troubled Teen

My day started at 5:30 this morning. We were scheduled for a video shoot at 8 a.m. at Oxbow’s East Campus equine facility. This was to be part three of a series of videos introducing DJ – the abandoned horse Tony and Brita and two of the Oxbow...
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Moving Beyond Sexual Trauma

Today was a day that makes all the stressful and frustrating days at work worth it. Today one of my clients successfully transitioned from our program. He had been here for just over a year. When I first met with him, he had little hope and displayed...
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Progress and Troubled Teens

Sometimes our work can seem difficult, frustrating, and sometimes downright impossible. Then one day as we confront a student he reaches down inside himself and finds all that knowledge that we have been trying to teach him for months and it makes your...
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Troubled Teens Play Ball!

On June 29th, we had our monthly bonus activity – the one we have when none of the students have acted out.  After several different activities were thrown on the table we decided on playing softball.  The admissions team, mentors and students...
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Courageous Parents and Troubled Teens

     Yesterday on the news there was a story about family vacationing in Southern Utah. They were around a creek that, due to the high run off this year in Utah, was more like a river of fast moving water. The news report showed a water fall about...
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Troubled Teens Find Academic Success

Here are some of the comments from a resent Parent Seminar that I wanted to share regarding Oxbow Academics:   “Just wanted you to know that the time we spent with Jacob’s teachers was all we needed.  They were nothing short of fantastic!...
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Sexual Abuse and the Story of DJ

When Brita led the horse out of the trailer I was astounded. I had never seen such a weak, mangy looking animal in my life. I couldn’t believe the horse was able to stand on his own.  His ribs stuck out and his coat was in patches. There were scars...
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