therapy

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...
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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....
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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Pain, Patience and Progress for Struggling Teens

As therapists at Oxbow, we are here to help students develop insight into their thought, feeling and behavioral patterns.  We love this work and are privileged to work with wonderful students and families. As our students change, their families change. ...
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Mountain Lions, Struggling Teens, and New Perspectives

Oxbow’s Residential Director, Bill Pollock,  shared this essay by MS, one of our students. “This is the reason that we take the kids out and let them experience what we do,” Bill says. “It is always fun to watch them work through...
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Academic Success for Struggling Teens

If your son is struggling with school at Oxbow we help with Academic Success for Struggling Teens. Countless young men have graduated from high school at Oxbow Academy since I joined the program in 2008.  Many of the other boys finished therapy at...
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Parents Dreams for Troubled Teen Become Reality

Parents Dreams for Troubled Teen Become Reality. On a recent trip to California I was visiting with the family of a recent Oxbow graduate at his home. While we were talking his parents had a meaningful realization. They were talking about how they were...
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Troubled Teens “Our Sons”

This last mid October Saturday, while hauling in the last two loads of hay for the year with five of the Oxbow boys, we stopped in between loads with the boys to grab a doughnut at the local bakery. The boys were so excited to get the doughnuts they had...
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