September 2021 NATSAPPress Release

Upcoming In-Person Conferences, New Member Resources, and more!

We are pleased to send you the latest release of our NATSAPPress Newsletter. We have some exciting information to share with you. 

Please feel free to distribute it to your colleagues and friends.

Member Spotlight: Newport Academy

Newport Academy is a series of evidence-based healing centers for adolescents, teens, and families struggling with primary mental health issues and co-occurring eating disorders and substance abuse. With locations across the United States, Newport Academy offers a compassionate, family-systems approach to treatment, providing gender-specific, individualized, and comprehensive holistic programs that encompass clinical therapy, academic support, and experiential practices. Offerings include residential treatment, intensive outpatient programming, recovery-based therapeutic day schools, and day treatment.

Newport Academy nurtures the physical, psychological, social, educational, and spiritual needs of adolescents and their families, from a foundation of compassionate care, clinical expertise, and unconditional love. Our primary mission is to empower teens and restore families.

To learn more about Newport Academy, check out their website here:

We Are NATSAP: January 2021


Highlighting the achievements of our members.

In this edition, we are honored to have 19 of our member programs sharing their exciting news with us through our latest edition of We Are NATSAP. Read all about their celebrations, accomplishments and collaborations in our newsletter.

Interested in participating?

Send in your latest accomplishments and upcoming projects or share a story in our next edition of We Are NATSAP. This is the perfect place to shine a light on your program and/or clients’ achievements.

To submit an article for the next newsletter release, all articles should be uploaded or copied and pasted into the submission form. Failure to do so could result in misplaced information.

If you are interested in submitting an article for the newsletter, please complete the submission form by Friday, February 26. Please be sure to complete this form in its entirety. All articles must be received by 11:59 PM ET.

This edition does not have a theme and will be released on Friday, March 5.

We are looking forward to sharing your stories!

Due to limited space and NATSAP policy, we are unable to share advertisements for admissions, job announcements and classified ads in our newsletters.

Member Spotlight: Boulder Creek Academy

Lisa Hester, Executive Director, Celebrates 10 year anniversary

As Lisa Hester, Executive Director at Boulder Creek Academy celebrates her 10th year at BCA, she took a moment to sit down and answer questions about her time here. During her tenure at BCA, she has implemented some core principals to how we operate, imbedding the Restorative Practices Model, piloting the Dog Program, and ultimately rolling that into an integral part of our program. She encouraged increased training and knowledge of our work with students on the spectrum, ultimately leading to greater understanding of social and emotional learning for students on the spectrum and those diagnosed with ED.

Lisa shared her excitement about BCA’s growth in the last 10 years, especially our California contract, the result of an exceptional Learning Center and committed faculty. Lisa states, “It is exciting to be known in this industry for our strong academic support.  It takes a long time to build a strong and mature team. We have a solid team of dynamic and dedicated administrators.  It is one of the things I am most proud of.”

We serve young men and women on the spectrum and those with school avoidance, which often stems from depression and anxiety related to school failure. Those students who have given up on learning begin to see themselves as capable learners.  We value inclusivity, welcoming students of many cultures and students who consider themselves to be non-traditional on the gender spectrum.

We utilize an evidence-based, targeted approach to specific areas of gaps in learning. We have a unique way of wrapping that with our students’ clinical work to create a learning environment that encourages lifelong changes. 

Until we can all see one another in person, we look forward to future virtual events and connections.

Research study/wilderness therapy scholarships

The University of New Hampshire is currently conducting a three-year research study to examine the effect of various therapeutic interventions for adolescents who are suffering from anxiety, depression, and substance use disorders. The Principal Investigator of the UNH research team is Dr. Michael Gass, Professor & Director of the UNH OBH Research Center. The study has been reviewed and approved by the University of New Hampshire’s (UNH) Institutional Review Board (IRB) and follows the 2010 Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials (CONSORT).

The research team is soliciting families who have an adolescent (13-17 years old) experiencing issues of depression, anxiety, and/or substance use disorders. Interested participants will be initially screened to see if they meet the criteria to be eligible for the project. If eligible, participants will be randomly placed into either a 12-week outdoor behavioral health care program or traditional cognitive behavioral therapy program. In return for agreeing to participate in the project, families will be provided with scholarship funds to defray some of the costs of the program based on family income. For example, families with an income of less than $47,000 who are participating in the OBH program will receive a 90% scholarship. Participant from families with an income of less than $47,000 who are participating in the standard CBT program will also receive and 90% scholarship. Additional scholarship funds for qualifying families will also be available through the Sky’s the Limit foundation and the Parker Bounds Johnson foundation.

Participating OBH programs are located in the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington. All of these participating programs have met the criteria and standards of the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare accreditation program from the Association for Experiential Education.

Interested parties can contact Dr. Gass at mgass(at)unh(dot)edu

Member Spotlight: ARCH Academy

ARCH Academy treats adolescent males and their families who are at risk for substance abuse or substance dependency issues. ARCH Academy also treats common co-occurring issues that accompany substance use. ARCH Academy’s campus blends a residential treatment setting with an outdoor therapeutic program specifically designed for the developmental needs of the adolescent male.

Sitting on 67-wooded acres accompanied with hiking trails and plenty of space for outdoor activities, our treatment modality compliments the 12-step philosophy with evidenced based clinical interventions, experiential therapies including Equine therapy, High and Low Ropes Course elements, Art therapy and Pottery. We have a fully accredited, licensed private high school, geared towards online and individual instruction. ARCH Academy is a non-profit, in network with over 40 private insurance companies.

We have continued to treat adolescents since 1985 and have expanded to open our new campus on April 1st, 2020. ARCH Academy has been a member of NATSAP since 2009.

To learn more about ARCH Academy, check out their website here:

Member Spotlight: Deschutes Wilderness Therapy

Deschutes Wilderness Therapy is a nationally recognized outdoor behavioral healthcare and trauma-informed wilderness therapy program located in the Cascade mountain range of central Oregon. Students at Deschutes receive highly specialized wilderness therapy. that provides teens and young adults immediate intervention and intensive mental health treatment. The wilderness experience allows students and their families to have the opportunity to heal their relationships and foster personal growth.

Deschutes Wilderness Therapy sets the standard in outdoor therapeutic programming. All students are empowered to improve their decision-making skills and build healthy and safe relationships through therapuetic modalities including brainspotting, adventure therapy, and canine-therapy.