Red River Youth Academy, Mental Health Help in Norman Oklahoma
Toll Free: 866-635-7102
Main: (405) 701-8530
Fax: (405) 701-8531
3400 Deskin Drive
Norman, Oklahoma 73069

Red River Youth Academy in Norman, Oklahoma, serves adolescents experiencing serious emotional/behavioral disorders.

Bringing your child to a residential treatment center may not be an easy decision but it may be the right decision. We are dedicated to providing the most effective care for our clients through programs designed to target specific problems faced by adolescents.  By using self-evaluation, role modeling, individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, life-skills training, and formal education we help our clients establish control over their behavior, improve decision making skills, maximize academic achievement, and develop pro-social behavior to replace acting-out responses to anxiety and depression.

We ask a lot of the youth we treat and we give a lot of ourselves. The client must actively participate for any treatment regimen to work. While at Red River Youth Academy, clients’ days are filled with activities, formal education, therapy groups, and individual sessions. The program is highly structured and intense because we only have a short time to change 12-17 years of learning experiences. Every waking moment is dedicated to making the needed changes in order to maximize the potential of each client to acquire the necessary skills to function in our society.

Psychometric assessment aids in understanding the emotional basis of problem behaviors and facilitates the development of an optimal treatment plan and specific goals. A psychoeducational evaluation determines levels of achievement, identifies areas of strength and weakness, and then prescribes an effective educational plan.

Our treatment program centers on cognitive-behavioral therapy. We take a proactive approach and require the client’s participation as the major change agent in their treatment. We believe that therapy is an educational program and full participation is the route to success. Our program fosters functional life skills by allowing the client to observe and model behaviors that work more effectively than those learned through past experiences. We teach clients a new way of life that they can recognize as more beneficial than their former dysfunctional patterns of behavior. The program works because it is based on common sense, discipline, responsibility, and basic learning theory concepts that have been proven over time.

Our staff is outstanding and well-trained to deliver the excellent services provided to our clients. An individual treatment plan of care that addresses the specific needs of each client is prepared by a multi-disciplinary treatment team. Our program includes milieu therapy, individual and group therapy, and family counseling. An on-site accredited school provides individualized instruction for each client. Every effort is made to cultivate each client’s academic potential in order to improve and advance his academic performance.

Therapy Process

  • Initial orientation to the unit. Rules, regulations and program concepts are explained to the client. Family meets with assigned primary therapist who explains every aspect of the program.
  • A physical is completed by physician. Dental assessment, hearing assessment, and visual acuity assessment are completed by nursing staff.
  • A psychiatric assessment is completed by the staff psychiatrist.
  • A treatment plan is developed utilizing input from all professional staff, the client and family. This document is signed by all professional staff, the client and the family so that everyone knows the goals and objectives of treatment, how they will be achieved, and how they will be measured.
  • The client attends school five hours a day on the weekdays.
  • The client attends group rehab on most days.
  • The client receives life-skills and decision-making training.
  • There is a weekly treatment team meeting for each client to determine progress in the program and any needed changes in the treatment regimen. The client and parents are an integral part of the process and provide input into changes and concepts of achievement.
  • Family therapy sessions occur once a week and a family contract for discharge is prepared.



Clients are evaluated by a psychiatrist weekly during their stay. In addition, they are assessed by a registered nurse weekly. A nutritionist also conducts an assessment once per month.


Our educational program consists of five hours every weekday. Every client receives an initial test battery to identify strengths and weaknesses. This constructive teaching process focuses on helping students learn how to learn, which enables them to play an active role in the education process.

Classes at Red River Youth Academy are taught by Norman Public Schools certified teachers with more than 20 years of experience working with teens in a residential treatment center type setting.

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Therapy Process


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3400 Deskin Drive
Norman, Oklahoma 73069
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Toll Free: 866-635-7102
Tel: (405) 701-8530
Fax: (405) 701-8531

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