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.

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Southwest Regional Conference Call for Papers is OPEN

The NATSAP Southwest Regional Conference Call for Papers is OPEN! 

We are now accepting presenter applications for the NATSAP Southwest Regional Conference to be held on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at the Dixie Center in                           St. George Utah. Please save the date!

The objective of the NATSAP Southwest Regional conference is to bring up-to-date and practical information to a diverse audience that is dedicated to serving the growing needs and numbers of mental health and allied professionals who work with children, adolescents and their families in residential treatment centers, therapeutic boarding schools, wilderness programs, and allied fields.

If you would like to be a speaker at this conference, please be sure to read the Call for Papers application in full, as it will outline in detail what information is required to become a presenter at the conference.

The Call For Papers will close on January 24, 2018 so please be sure to submit your applications soon. Please CLICK HERE to review and complete the application. We look forward to receiving your applications and having you join us at this conference!