Red River Youth Academy in Norman, Oklahoma, serves boys, ages 8-17, and girls, ages 12-17, experiencing serious emotional/behavioral disorders. We are dedicated to providing the most effective care for our clients through programs designed to target specific problems faced by children and 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 prosocial behavior to replace acting-out responses to anxiety and depression.
While at Red River Youth Academy, clients’ days are filled with activities, formal education, therapy groups, and individual sessions. The program is highly structured because we only have a short time to change 8-17 years of learning experiences. Every waking moment is dedicated to making the needed changes to maximize the potential of each client to acquire the necessary skills to function in our society.
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 program includes milieu therapy, individual and group therapy, and family counseling. An on-site accredited school provides individualized instruction for each client.