Changing Pathways with Troubled Teens

Today I spent time with the troubled teens in my therapy group at the East campus discussing some of the science behind the addicted brain.  This topic was started because we were discussing how to change deviant thoughts into thoughts that are healthy and consensual. Some of the phase work in the program focuses on…

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Teen Sex Therapy Isn’t the Problem

I just tried to create a company profile for Oxbow on LinkedIn. We’re looking for as many ways as possible to let parents, private professionals, and even other programs know we’re out here – and we can help. Oxbow is committed to educating families and professionals about teen sexual behaviors. There is so much misunderstanding…

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Teaching Moments Help Identify Inappropriate Sexual Behaviors

I recently spent some time with a good friend of mine who happens to be a foster parent.  This friend is currently fostering a teenage girl who was sexually abused when she was younger.  During our visit we went on a walk.  Her foster child walked next to me and casually brushed her hand and…

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Troubled Teen Learns to Recognize and Express Difficult Emotions

In a recent family therapy session, the parents of one of the clients with whom I work commented on how quickly their son was able to recognize and express the emotions that he was feeling while working on his therapy assignment.  This may not appear to be much of an accomplishment to some, but for…

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The Therapy Battle You Must Fight Every Day

Around this time of year I often reflect back to a decision that I made many years ago to leave my then current employment and begin working as a clinician at Oxbow.  As a new clinician, I felt ill prepared to help these young men whose families had entrusted me with helping their son, and…

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Best Education and Best Therapy

Rick Lee, the Academic Director at Oxbow Academy, recently received this email from one of our student’s parents. We’ve ommitted their names in order to protect their privacy. “This,” says Rick, “is why I stay in education. I have such great, no, Awesome, staff here at Oxbow.” Mr. Lee, I am about to send off…

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The Power of Honesty in the Best Teen Therapy

Recently one of the clients with whom I work was able to see his sibling for the first time in a year.  Their meeting over Skype was possible due to this student’s progress in the program.  That progress consisted of working through two clinical phases, gaining insight into his behavioral patterns and making changes to…

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Making a Difference for Troubled Teens

As I have worked with Oxbow over the last six years, I always felt like we were making a difference. But I always wondered how much of a difference we were making with our boys. I wanted to be able to measure the difference between a boy when he first came through our doors, and…

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No Student is “Too Dumb” for Learning and Succeeding at Oxbow

When I started working with Chase he let me know up front that he was dumb and wasn’t planning on graduating from high school.  He wasn’t being defiant or belligerent……just stating the facts as he saw them.  I worked on English and History for a little while with Chase in a group setting and I…

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Mother to Mother

As a mother who works full time, I have to leave my own child with someone every day. I always hope and pray that she is in good hands. That she is being protected and taught the correct things while I am away. That someone is loving her almost as much as I do (which…

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