NATSAP Call for Papers and Event Annoucement!

NATSAP is looking for submissions for Call for Papers for the below conferences!  If you are interested in submitting for one or all of the upcoming conferences, please click on the appropriate link to get more information and to access the Call for Papers application.   The deadlines are quickly approaching, so submit today!

2018 Northeast Regional Conference – submission deadline August 17th 

2019 Annual Conference – submission deadline extended to August 17th

2019 Southeast Regional Conference – submission deadline August 31st


Registration is open for the Midwest Regional Conference – register today!

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Program for Kids and Teens with Autism Treats Accompanying OCD, Anxiety, Depression

Diablo KidsParenting a child with autism can often be more challenging because of symptoms that are not actually part of autism spectrum disorder.

Rogers Behavioral Health provides a program for kids on the spectrum that treats secondary symptoms associated with anxiety, OCD, depression and other mood disorders with the goal of improving overall quality of life.

Dr. Marty Franklin, PhD, explains, “Using cognitive behavior therapy in a sensitive way can be effective as we address thinking errors, inflexibility in thoughts, and social communication deficits. We can help these kids learn to sit with unwanted thoughts and help them understand and tolerate emotions.”

Using gradual exposures as part of CBT can help make an extreme fear of a light switch, a death germ, or even the color yellow more manageable. Therapists can also work on compulsions for hand washing or the need for constant reassurance. The child may still have repetitive behaviors as part of ASD, but the anxiety around the behaviors can be lessened, according to Dr. Franklin.

Another component of the program is providing support and education for parents. One mom shares that she’s now better equipped to parent her son on a daily basis. “I really felt empowered, and now understand when I can demand more from our son and how to teach him more independence. I’m no longer afraid of disciplining,” she says.

“The therapists were unbelievably knowledgeable, and it was amazing how they worked on exposures. They do an incredible job,” the mother adds.

>>Learn about the four aspects of Rogers’ program for children and adolescents with ASD and other mental health disorders by watching a short video interview with Dr. Franklin.

Rogers’ program for anxiety and mood disorders for those with ASD is offered in Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco East Bay, and Tampa.

 

 

We are looking for submissions for Call

We are looking for submissions for Call for Papers for the below conferences! If you are interested in submitting for one or all of the upcoming conferences, please click on the appropriate link to get more information and to access the Call for Papers application. The deadlines are quickly approaching, so submit today!

2018 Midwest Regional Conference – submission deadline July 31st
2018 Northeast Regional Conference – submission deadline August 17th
2019 Annual Conference – submission deadline extended to August 17th

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Died by Suicide

According to a June 2018 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S., yet social stigmas and inadequate research funding persist.

The CDC report found that suicide rates rose 30 percent since 1999 in half of all states. Additionally, according to the report more than half of the 45,000 people who died by suicide in 2016 had no known or diagnosed mental health condition. Although that doesn’t mean that the individual wasn’t suffering from mental health issues–just that they were undiagnosed or those around them were unaware of these health issues.

Ironically, the new CDC report was released around the time we learned of the untimely suicides of fashion icon, Kate Spade, and celebrity chef, Anthony Bourdain. And as NATSAP members know all too well, suicide or suicide risk doesn’t just affect adults — adolescents and young people are often at risk and may have poorer coping skills than adults.

While the report points to family problems, poor physical health, shaky finances or legal stress as factors that may contribute to an individual taking their life, unfortunately, there’s not a single factor that can be isolated as the “cause.” Rather, it is often a combination of factors.

In some cases that involve young people, including the Sandy Hook school shooting, the parents try to get help, but find that the public mental health facilities are full. In these cases, the parent may take the child home and wait for a space, unaware of where else to turn. Unfortunately, in some cases the young person acts out before they are able to get help.

In these cases, NATSAP member programs may provide a more immediate solution. NATSAP members include therapeutic boarding schools, day treatment programs, residential treatment programs, wilderness therapy programs, young adult programs, and home-based residential programs that may offer an alternative solution to parents seeking help for their children facing a wide variety of mental health issues.

While NATSAP does not provide placement services, it does provide an online search tool of NATSAP members and require its members to adhere to specific policies, guidelines and outcomes assuring parents and families that their children are in facilities committed to help their children. For more information, go to www.natsap.org.”

For more information about CDC’s Preventing Suicide: A Technical Package of Policy. Programs, and Practices, click here https://bit.ly/2AnZWRU.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spotlight: Hillside Becomes the First Residential Treatment Program to be Certified by the DBT-Linehan Board of Certification

Hillside® is honored to be the first child and adolescent residential treatment facility awarded the highly coveted and professionally respected DBT-Linehan Board of Certification, Certified Program™ (dbt-lbc.org). The DBT-Linehan Board of Certification is an international organization devoted to ensuring programs and individuals offering Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) meet rigorous standards and demonstrate adherence to this evidence-based treatment model. Program certification confirms Hillside’s commitment to provide DBT effectively and with fidelity as developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan and colleagues.

 

In its 130th year of service, Hillside is one of Atlanta’s oldest not-for-profit organizations dedicated to the mission of helping children and families thrive by providing outstanding residential and community mental health services. From its main campus in Midtown, professional trainings and a full continuum of mental health services are offered to meet varying levels of clinical needs, spanning from outpatient therapy, community based services, and residential treatment for children, adolescents, and their families.  Hillside specializes in using DBT to treat clients who struggle with anxiety and mood disorders such as general anxiety disorder, major depressive disorders, disrupted mood dysregulation disorder and more. DBT is proven effective in helping clients who struggle with unmanageable and intense emotions as well as ineffective communication and coping behaviors. Hillside’s adherence to the DBT protocol is instrumental to the effectiveness in working with clients who have self-harming behaviors, suicidal thoughts, and diagnosed with borderline personality disorder traits.

 

It is an honor to receive the program certification from the DBT-Linehan Board of Certification and be recognized as a leader in providing excellent clinical care for children and teens. Hillside owes special thanks to Dr. Adam Silberman, Medical Director, Lori Hogeman, LCSW, Vice-President of Clinical Services, and Dr. Kimberly Vay, Ed.D, LPC, NCC, CPCS,  the first clinical professional in Georgia to earn DBT-Linehan Board of Certification, Certified Clinician™.  These talented professionals and their colleagues guided Hillside through the rigorous certification process. To learn more about Hillside and the impact of DBT, visit the website at www.hside.org.

Spotlight: Positive Peer Culture (PPC) at The High Frontier

The High Frontier provides a fully integrated therapeutic and experiential milieu conducted within the framework of Positive Peer Culture (PPC), a values-based and process-oriented model utilizing a system of cognitive strategies and interventions. PPC strives for long-term change by teaching and internalizing core values of pro-social and positive behavior such as altruism, responsibility, acceptance, self-worth and autonomy.

By “integrated” we mean that all aspects of the therapeutic and social milieu revolve around the core concepts of PPC and that the individual, group and family therapy sessions are integrated into the milieu of PPC. In other words, all types of social interactions, including therapy sessions, formal education and even recreation share a commonality of purpose: to teach a positive value system based upon the concepts of altruism, responsibility, self-worth, acceptance and autonomy. Formalized group therapy sessions act as a teaching catalyst for the therapeutic work that permeates a student’s social day and serve the milieu.

In Positive Peer Culture, the students are an integral part of the helping process and are fully incorporated into the social and experiential milieu. The development of altruism, responsibility, self-worth, acceptance and autonomy, and the internalization of these qualities, requires the student to be an active part of the helping process. These qualities are developed as the treatment process exposes and provides insight into the student’s previously unsuccessful efforts to discover and develop identity, status and a self-concept based upon negative behaviors.

Integrating the students into the experiential and social milieu recognizes and capitalizes on the fact that students are modeling their behavior most strongly after other peers. Students are asked and taught to become of service to their peers and to take a meaningful role and responsibility in helping others. As they learn how to be of value to others, students develop the self-worth necessary to establish and maintain more positive and productive relationships, behaviors and goals.

Novitas Wrestles With Behavior Challenges

Wrestling

Novitas Academy believes that sports and healthy, energetic, extra-curricular activities play a very important part in one’s mental health. As you may know when people are actively engaged in physical exercise their body releases endorphins that can make them feel happy and more content.

Competitive sports and regular exercise can help those who battle depression, or many other forms of mental health challenges, to have a better outlook on life. Walking, jogging, cycling, swimming or hiking – are commonly recommended to relieve or prevent depression.  Many people who participate in sports in addition to having other treatments say that it feels good to be able to do something to fight their depression themselves.

Did you know that sports are a great outlet for behavior issues as well?  Yes, Novitas Academy has had many students that have profited from being in competitive sports. Participation helps curve their poor behavior choices towards their peers because it builds their self-respect and in return they seem to treat others better.  Sports offer them the opportunity to be active and to meet other people and focus on building those relationships.  A more productive student, whether in the classroom or on the gym floor, is a happier, more confident student.

For instance, it is wonderful to see how much change occurs in our young men’s behavior during wrestling season. Our students that take wrestling at our local high school have the unique opportunity to be coached by one of our Novitas staff that has coached there for over 20 yrs. He also coaches for the local high school in golf and tennis. Wrestling is a tough sport and they not only get a hard workout but they have that connection both on and off campus with their coach. More respect is even observed from our other students that have supported their classmates at their wrestling matches and other games.

Our clinicians practice active, Adventure-Based Therapy just for this reason. The students have mastered many challenging backpacking trips and day hikes. Accomplishing something difficult makes us feel achieved. Isn’t that a great feeling for all of us?!

Located in Emmett, Idaho on 30 acres of majestic river front property, Novitas Academy is a unique therapeutic boarding school for boys ages 14-18 and grades 9-12 accredited by AdvancED.  Novitas is a relationship-based program that strives to help our students build their self-esteem and self-confidence through discovering and nurturing their strengths, passions, and dreams.