NATSAP is your Advocate

NATSAP, through the work of the Government Relations Committee, serves as your advocate on Capitol Hill and we have recently written a letter of support for a federal bill (H.R. 5477), which would allow 529 education savings accounts to be used on pre-K to 12 education expenses. Current law only allows 529 accounts to be used for higher education purposes. We have checked with the office of Representative Messer, who introduced the bill, and his proposal will include therapeutic schools and programs as well. We have offered our support and our assistance as he works to move this bill though the legislative process. If you would like to register your support of this measure please feel free to contact Representative Messer’s office at 202-225-3021.

 

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Annual Conference Registration

Annual Conference

February 5 – 7, 2015

Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center

Register now!

Come join us on February 5 – 7, 2015 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center to network and engage with more than 600 professionals at the 2015 NATSAP Annual Conference! Registration is open and you are encouraged to register now!  Click here to register online.

Program Schedule

For the 2015 Annual Conference, NATSAP is excited to offer over 42 breakout sessions!  The full program schedule is now available. Click here to view.

2015 Keynote Speaker Announced

Dr. John Townsend

Psychologist, Author, Speaker

About Dr. John Townsend: Author/Co-Author of 26 books selling 6 million copies, including the best seller Boundaries

Radio Co-Host:  Nationally-syndicated talk show “New Life Live”

Hotel & Travel Info

The 2015 NATSAP Annual Conference will take place at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. The world-class Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center is located on the banks of the Cumberland River, in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee—Music City, USA. The world-famous Grand Ole Opry is located next to the hotel; top shopping and entertainment are just minutes away.  NATSAP has reserved a block of discounted rooms at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center for your convenience during the 2015 Annual Conference. All NATSAP educational sessions and the exhibit area will be in the Tennessee meeting space of the Gaylord.

  • Single/Double Occupancy Rooms: $169 plus applicable state and local taxes
  • Premium Rooms: $234 plus applicable state and local taxes

These rates are available three days prior and three days after the conference dates.  Cut-off date: Wednesday, January 14, 2015.  Please note: There is no guarantee that rooms will still be available until January 14, 2015. Please reserve your room early.  The group code to receive the preferred rate is NATSAP/National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs.  Click here to make your hotel reservation.

Airport Shuttle

NATSAP has negotiated a 20% discounted rate for Conference attendees for the Gaylord Opryland’s Airport Shuttle service. Gaylord Opryland offers daily roundtrip shuttle service from the Nashville International Airport to the hotel. Look for the Gaylord Opryland Welcome Desk on the lower level of the airport between the two escalators. An agent can assist with your travel needs and ticket purchase, or use our kiosk by the welcome desk.

If an agent is not available, you can find the resort shuttle immediately to the left as you exit the front door of the lower level of the airport.

Daily Shuttle Schedule

  • 5 a.m. – 11 p.m. (departs every 30 minutes)
  • Daily express shuttle service: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. (departs every 20 minutes). Based on demand.

The cost for NATSAP Conference attendee is is $32 per person, round-trip fare. Click here for information on purchasing shuttle tickets.

 

Airline Discount for Conference Attendees

NATSAP conference attendees will receive a discount and bonus Rapid Reward points from Southwest Airlines through our SWABIZ® account. Southwest Airlines is offering an 8% discount off Anytime & Business Select® fares and a 2% discount off select Wanna Get Away® fares for travel to and from the conference. Book your travel between November 15, 2014 & January 20, 2015 to take advantage of the discounted rates. (Discounts are available for travel February 3, 2015 through February 9, 2015.)

Click here to take advantage of the discounted rates and book now!

By flying Southwest Airlines, as a National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs traveler, you will also receive the following benefits:

  • 25% bonus Rapid Reward points for your travel to & from the convention with Rapid Rewards # added to your reservation. To enroll in the Rapid Rewards program, visit www.southwest.com/corporaterapidrewards
  • No baggage fees (first two bags)
  • No change or cancellation fees
  • No peak travel or fuel surcharges
  • Consistently ranked the “Best in Customer Service” by DOT

To take advantage of this offer, click this link: http://www.swabiz.com/flight/search-flight.html?cid=99284592

To make a reservation over the phone, contact the SWABIZ helpdesk at 888-479-2249 and have the CID for the event which is: 99284592.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Are you interested in participating as a Conference sponsor?  There are still several opportunities available for your consideration. Click here for specific information regarding sponsorship opportunities, or contact melissa@natsap.org.

Advertising Opportunities

New this year! Opportunities to advertise in the conference program booklet are available.  Click here for details.

Exhibitor Information

By exhibiting at the NATSAP Annual Conference, you will have a chance to meet over 600 professionals who assist young people beleaguered by emotional and behavioral difficulties.  These professionals represent therapeutic schools, residential treatment programs, wilderness programs, outdoor therapeutic programs, young adult programs and home-based residential programs.  Click here for exhibitor information.

The current list of participating exhibitors is included below:

  1. American Healthcare Lending
  2. Austen Riggs Center
  3. CooperRiis Healing Community
  4. GroupRX
  5. Hawley & Associates LLC
  6. The Joint Commission
  7. Spectrum College Transition Program
  8. Sweetwater Program
  9. Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch

Girl on the Edge (private screening)

Friday, 2/6, 6:30 PM

All NATSAP conference attendees are invited to a private screening for the Hollywood Film Girl on the Edge, staring, Peter Coyote, Gill Bellows, and Mackenzie Phillips.  Based on a true story, Girl on the Edge is a powerful drama from the co-writer of Blue Valentine and the Executive Producer and Co-Creator of A&E’s The Cleaner. It follows the journey of a young girl struggling with the aftermath of a horrific trauma, the toll that it takes on her family, and the last chance she has to overcome it in the most unlikely of places. Girl on the Edge is a moving account of how we can find strength even when we’re at our most vulnerable, and that the only thing keeping us from our own happiness is our willpower to achieve it.

Following the movie, there will be a Q & A with the film’s Director & Executive Producer, Jay Silverman.

We need your help!

We are designing the 2015 annual conference program and we need photos! Send us your favorite (high resolution) photos from the last year and we will try and place them in our program. Highlight your students, alumni, your equine therapy program, your drama club, your sports teams, or any other special program attributes that you would love to see featured in the 2015 NATSAP annual conference program. Just send them over to info@natsap.org and we will do the rest. Thanks all!

Introducing We Are NATSAP!

We Are NATSAP is NATSAP’s latest newsletter, designed to provide a forum for our members to announce the events that occur at their programs. We will be highlighting the different activities, celebrations and innovations that take place at our programs. Being featured in We Are NATSAP allows a program to tout their latest achievements as well as provides the opportunity to promote your press releases to a wider audience that consists of industry associates, consultants, and parents.

NATSAP strives to keep all members aware of the events and accomplishments occurring among our member programs. If you are interested in providing an article for the next edition of We Are NATSAP, please contact Megan Stokes (megan@ natsap.org).

http://natsap.org/default/assets/File/We%20are%20NATSAP_110514.pdf