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Hope for Teens with Sexual Concerns

Guest Blogger
Jennifer C. Jones

New Hope. New Help. No Secrets.  Oxbow Academy offers all of that to families seeking treatment for teens with sexual dependencies.

Oxbow Academy is an internationally known residential treatment center that focuses exclusively on treating teen boys struggling with sex-related behaviors.  The facility opened in late January, 2007 and serves boys ranging in age from 13 to 17 whose parents seek out Oxbow from across the globe.  The center is licensed for up to 42 boys.

Located in rural Wales, Utah, Oxbow combines intensive therapy with academic course work. It offers a boarding school setting that is focused on early intervention.

Residential Treatment

Oxbow’s highly specialized environment is designed exclusively for teens with sexual dependency issues. Oxbow Academy students are surrounded by peers who are also struggling with similar problems. This provides a supportive, understanding culture. Many of the students also struggle with NLD, depression, anxiety, trauma and aspergers.

Shawn Brooks, Executive Director of Oxbow Academy, says the program fills a unique niche. “It’s almost impossible to find a program that focuses exclusively on sexual dependencies, yet has a holistic therapeutic and educational approach. Our previous experience with these issues in other treatment settings has taught us that early intervention is critical to successfully treating these boys.”


Counselors, educators and staff create a unique environment that helps students disclose their behaviors, assume responsibility and begin healing. They are specifically trained to spot behaviors that may be overlooked or minimized in other therapeutic settings.

Residential Treatment

Oxbow Academy provides experiential, or “real time,” therapy in the form of equine programs, outdoor activities and daily living tasks. In addition to experiential therapy, group therapy and academics, students receive a minimum of seven hours of weekly counseling sessions. Parents and family members also participate in weekly therapy sessions with their child’s counselor via telephone.

Along with therapeutic activities, Oxbow Academy students complete an academic core curriculum that includes English, History, Math, Foreign Language, Art and Science. Oxbow Academy is licensed by the State of Utah and meets or exceeds state therapeutic and academic requirements. State of the art security is combined with a home-like setting where students study, work and play.

Oxbow’s management team brings more than two decades of experience helping troubled youth with six of those years specializing in the treatment of sexual misconduct. The school operates as a seperate campus of Discovery Academy, noted for its excellence as a therapeutic boarding school.

The Oxbow model is designed to bring boys and their families from fear and hiding to disclosure, treatment, and hope. Click on the Oxbow Academy link for mor information.

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