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.

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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.

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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