Research and Treatment Outcomes

National Leading Research at

Oxbow Academy

NATSAP research designation

At Oxbow Academy, we are dedicated to providing the best quality of services to youth and their families. In order to do this, we believe that research has to be an integral part of our process, enabling continual growth and development of our program. Our research initiative can be broken into 3 categories. First is real-time data collection that helps us make data-informed decisions throughout your sons’ treatment. Second is outcome research to help us know and understand how students grow and change overall through treatment as well as understanding how long these impacts may last after a student has completed treatment. Third are quality assessments to determine what aspects of treatment are effective, and to ensure the safety and health of your child within treatment.

Data Collection

We foster a culture of data-drive decision making within our program and are dedicated to tracking and evaluating the progress of each student. We take the safety and confidentiality of this data seriously and take multiple measures to ensure this data is kept safe, specifically information collected on problematic sexual behaviors. We use this data to help clinicians make decisions regarding the student’s needs, developing treatment plans, determining what areas students struggle in, and addressing needs as they arise. Our primary focus at Oxbow Academy is building and developing healthy and positive relationships with families, peers, staff and clinicians so students can leave with positive skills and experiences. In order to know if we are meeting our objectives we use the following measures:

Youth Outcome Questionnaire (YOQ)

The Youth Outcome Questionnaire (YOQ) is a valid and reliable tool used across the industry to track emotional symptoms as well as behavioral challenges. Parents complete the YOQ about their child at intake and discharge. Therapist and students complete the YOQ throughout treatment on a monthly basis . Data from this assessment is used to determine symptoms that are present in students as well as their severity and level of clinical significance, helping therapists address key issues as they arise.

Residential Emotional, Social, and Behavioral Assessment (RESBA)

The Residential Emotional, Social, and Behavioral Assessment (RESBA) tool was created by the Ascent family of companies specifically for use among residential treatment programs. In a partnership with Utah State University, this tool was established to be both valid and reliable for use among residential populations and is based entirely on observable information. The RESBA is completed by therapists after each session with the student, by teachers following each day of class, and by residential staff daily following each work shift. This data collected gives real-time information regarding students struggles and/or progress across three domains: emotional experience, social behaviors and interactions, and overall behavior. It can be further broken down to help us determine if programs in any of these three domains are more prominent in an academic, therapeutic, or residential environment. This information helps our treatment team make informed decisions regarding treatment planning to maximize our ability to provide meaningful interventions for our students in the area and the way they need.

Flag Board Data Tracking

At Oxbow Academy, we have designed our residential system in a way that supports and builds on our therapeutic interventions. We utilized input from a board certified behavior analyst consultation to make our residential flag system the best it can be. Using this system we track both positive and negative interactions students have with those around them, including family members, therapists, staff, peers, and himself. The primary goal of our flag system is to help students learn to build relationships by understanding how their choices and actions can both build or damage relationships and, in consequence, they can learn to resolve these conflicts in a healthy and appropriate manner to help rebuild those relationships. We track all of this information to gain an understanding of what relationships students struggle with the most and in what ways. This data can then help inform clinical interventions designed to build positive relationships and influences in students’ lives.

Oxbow Academy Outcome Measure

The Oxbow Academy Outcome Measure is designed specifically for our program and asks questions that are specific to concerns of students at Oxbow as well as broader-scope questions that speak to an overall quality of life. This measure helps us know how well overall functioning is post-treatment and asks questions about education, employment, and the presence of healthy relationships, pornography use, etc. This is completed by both parents and students at intake, discharge, and post-discharge. This tool is designed to provide us with overall outcome data to improve our program and to understand how students are able to move forward with healthy and productive lives. This will, in turn, enable us to begin to assess what aspects of treatment may be predictive of positive outcomes as well as what aspects of treatment may be most effective.

Family Assessment Device

Because family relationships are at the center of what we do, we use the Family Assessment Device (FAD) to determine changes within family systems from intake to discharge. Parents and students complete the FAD at intake and discharge.