troubled teen

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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The Static Relationship: No Fairytale for Troubled Teens

A few months ago I was involved in a therapeutic intervention with a 15 yr old young man who was stalled out in his treatment.  He had decided to resist all efforts to re-engage the therapeutic process and take personal accountability for the state of...
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Troubled Teens Gain the Confidence to Try

Confidence n. 1. trust, reliance 2 belief in one’s own abilities 3 an invisible force I teach art here at Oxbow Academy. My goal is to get our boys to try something new and different. I’m always hearing the same excuse: “I can’t...
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A Season of Thanksgiving for Parents of Troubled Teen

The holiday season brings about many struggles for parents of Oxbow students. Reality hits home as some parents realize that their sons are not in the place, therapeutically speaking, that would allow them to go home to be with their families over Christmas. ...
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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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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 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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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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