May 22nd is the deadline for pre-registering for the Utah Conference.

The Utah Regional Conference is Friday, June 5, 2015

at the Heritage School located in Provo, Utah and we look forward to seeing you there!


The Pre-registration cutoff is this Friday, May 22, 2015. Click here to register

You will have the opportunity to register onsite at the Conference, however you must pay a higher registration fee.  Following are the registration rates:

Registrant Type Before  Conference   At Conference
NATSAP Member $80.00 $105.00
Non-NATSAP Member $95.00 $120.00

Exhibitor & Sponsorship Opportunities Available!

Are you interested in participating as a conference sponsor or exhibitor for the Utah Regional Conference?

Click here for information about participating as an exhibitor.  Click here for information about participating as sponsor.

Following is the tentative Conference Agenda

Friday, June 5, 2015

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Breakfast & Registration
9:00 AM – 9:30 AM Welcome & NATSAP Update

Brent Hall, Discovery Academy

Melissa Lawson and Megan Stokes, NATSAP

9:30 AM – 10:45 AM Keynote Presentation

Using Mindfulness to Thrive in a Hectic World

Presented by: Donald Altman, MA, LPC,

Portland State University

Description: Learn about the 4 core mindfulness practices for overcoming the negative effects of stress on mood and the body’s immune system. This workshop will examine key research on how mindfulness has been proven to be helpful for learning in the school setting, as well as beneficial for teachers and staff. Explore how in minutes a day it is possible to cultivate a greater sense of brain balance, peace, calm, clarity,and constructive distance from emotional reactivity.

10:45 AM – 11:00 AM Break
11:00 AM – 12:15 PM General Topic Breakout Sessions A

Session 1 Situational Leadership for Residential Departments

Presented by: Matt Quackenbush and Adam Broud, Telos RTC

Session 2 Teaching DBT Through Media

Presented by: Melissa Hartman, LCSW, MSW & Chris Taggart, MSW, CSW, Sunrise RTC

Session 3 Part 1: Wars Are Won in the General’s Tent: Creating Residential Friendly Treatment Plans

Presented by: Nathan Sellers, LCSW and Cameron Armstrong, LCSW, Telos RTC

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM Lunch & Excellence in Service Awards
1:15 PM- 2:30 PM General Topic Breakout Sessions B

Session 1 – Digital Immigrants & Digital Natives: A Multicultural Approach to Teens and Technology in Therapy

Presented by: Malissa Morrell, LMFT, ATR-BC, La Europa Academy

Session 2 Dangers of the Good Hair Therapist

Presented by: Greg Burnham, MS, LMFT, WinGate Wilderness Therapy and Tony Mosier, MS, LMFT, Telos RTC

Session 3 What’s New in Licensing?

Presented by: Diane Moore, DHS Office of Licensing

Session 4 Part 2: The Mid-Treatment Doldrums: Putting the Wind Back in the Sails

Presented by: Nathan Sellers, LCSW and Cameron Armstrong, LCSW, Telos RTC

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM Afternoon Break
3:00 PM – 4:15 PM General Topic Breakout Sessions C

Session 1 Do You “Like” Me: Social Media Use, Body Image and Eating Disorders

Presented by: Nicole Hawkins, Ph.D., CEDS, Center For Change

Session 2Sensory Interventions in Adolescent Residential Treatment

Presented by: George Ballew, LCSW, Heritage School and Stormy Hill, M.D., MOTR/L, Busy Bee Therapy Services

Session 3Driving Enthusiasm Through the Ranks: How to Avoid or Recover from Institutional Drift

Presented by: John Stewart, LCSW, New Haven RTC

Session 4 Viewing Addiction Through the Lens of Attachment

Presented by: Nikki Preece, LCSW, Fulshear Treatment to Transition

1:15 PM – 4:15 PM Specialized Academic Track

1:15 PM – 2:30 PM

Providing for the Needs of Diverse Learners in the RTC Setting

Presented by: Megan McCormick, Ph.D., N.C.S.P., Psychological Solutions

3:00 PM – 4:15 PM

Enabling vs. Accommodating: Helping All Students Reach Their Potential

Presented by: Erin Smith, M.Ed., Spring Ridge Academy

The Blended Classroom: Effective Strategies and Tools for Technology in Residential Treatment

Presented by: Alicia Walters, New Haven RTC

Specialized Medical Track         

Note: Continuing Ed hours are not available for these sessions.

1:15 PM – 1:50 PM

Balancing Medical, Psychiatric and Therapeutic Models (Heritage School)

2:00 PM – 2:30 PM

How to Effectively Deal with Somatic Complaints (Sunrise RTC)

2:40 PM3:10 PM

Medical Collaboration in an RTC (Alpine Academy)

3:15 PM 3:45 PM

Teaching Effective Sex Ed to Teens (New Haven RTC)

4:00 PM 4:30 PMOpen Discussion: Ideas to Improve Case Management Skills as an RTC nurse.

4:15 PM Conference ends

Continuing Education Information

Continuing education credit for NATSAP’s  2015 Utah Regional Conference is co-sponsored by the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs and the Institute for Continuing Education.  The program offers a total of 7.00 contact hours.  Continuing education credit is awarded on a session-by-session basis, with full attendance required for the sessions attended.  There is no additional fee to receive CE credit.  CE applications will be available on site.

Exhibitors & Sponsors

Special thanks to our conferences exhibitors and sponsors. 

Aspiro Group (Exhibitor)

BestNotes (Exhibitor)

Adoptive Families Coalition (Exhibitor)

Evoke Therapy Programs (Exhibitor)

GroupRx (Exhibitor)

Tucson Transitional Living (Exhibitor)

WayPoint Academy (Sponsor)

Youth Care (Sponsor)

Conference Location

The Heritage School

5600 N. Heritage School Drive

Provo, UT 84604

Conference Hotel

Courtyard Provo

1600 N Freedom (200 W) Boulevard

Provo, UT 84604

Phone: 801-373-2222

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