About NATSAP

The National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP) represents a variety of programs and schools providing treatment to over 4,600 clients across North America. Our members include therapeutic schools, residential treatment schools, wilderness programs, outdoor therapeutic programs, young adult programs and home-based residential programs working with troubled teens and troubled adolescents. Our programs are dedicated to providing the highest quality services to the people and families they serve.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

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!

Lindner Center of HOPE Receives Two of Nation’s Largest Individual Gifts Ever Made for Behavioral Health Programs

Unprecedented Commitments Totaling $75 Million
Will Fund Clinical, Research, Capital and Education Initiatives

Mason, OH – Dec. 18, 2017 — Lindner Center of HOPE, a nonprofit comprehensive mental health center based in Greater Cincinnati that serves people from around the world, today announced it has received what are believed to be two of the nation’s largest individual commitments ever made for behavioral health programs.

Totaling $75 million, Cincinnati business leaders and philanthropists Linda and Harry Fath have pledged a $50 million challenge gift, while Frances and Craig Lindner have made a $25 million commitment to meet this challenge. The commitments, to be given over their lifetimes, are the largest ever received by the Center.

The need is critical as mental health disorders nationally affect more people than cancer, heart disease, and diabetes combined.1 However, research and access to treatment are severely underfunded in comparison.

“My family believes in the power of the Lindner Center of HOPE to help Americans and people from around the world who have lost hope,” Mr. Fath said. “It is time to break the silence associated with mental health and recognize much more must be done to understand, treat, and care for people with mental illnesses. We challenge others to help this incredible organization offer more people the care they deserve now and in the future.”

Mr. Fath, a lawyer and entrepreneur, is owner of Fath Properties, a real estate management firm based in Cincinnati.  Mr. Lindner is co-CEO and co-president of American Financial Group.

“Frances and I were so moved by the incredible generosity of Linda and Harry Fath that we decided to contribute an additional $25 million to the endowment fund,” said Mr. Lindner, who founded the Lindner Center of HOPE along with his wife, Frances.  “Our hope is that others will be inspired to join us in the effort to help more people on the road to mental wellness through the Lindner Center of HOPE.”

 

Gift to Support Clinical, Capital and Public Education Programs

“One in five American adults experiences a mental illness.2 It is the leading public health issue in our nation,” said Paul E. Keck, Jr., MD, president and CEO of the Lindner Center of HOPE.  “The Faths’ and Lindners’ generosity will kick-start our ability to enhance our staff, create new treatment programs, and expand our research efforts to break new ground in mental health treatment.”

The gifts will support the development and expansion of clinical programs to provide treatment for conditions including depression, schizophrenia, bipolar, substance use, and eating disorders.  It will help fund research, professional education, and capital improvements at the Center.

A portion of the gifts will be earmarked to provide patient financial assistance and public outreach to reduce stigma.  According to Dr. Keck, significant challenges still exist to fight the stigma associated with mental illness, including in the level of reimbursement provided by the federal government and private insurance carriers for mental health disorders – a significant barrier for many people to be able to access care.

National Scope, International Reach

The Lindner Center of HOPE has served nearly 30,000 patients from all 50 states and from countries around the world.  The Lindner Center of HOPE’s Research Institute is a lead contributor in groundbreaking programs, such as the Mayo Clinic’s Individualized Medicine Biobank for Bipolar Disorder, which is studying the connection between gene types and medicines that treat disease.

The Center is a charter member of the National Network of Depression Centers, a non-profit system of leading clinical and academic centers working to transform the field of depressive illnesses and related mood disorders.

About the Lindner Center of HOPE

Lindner Center of HOPE in Mason is a comprehensive mental health center providing patient-centered, scientifically advanced care for individuals suffering with mental illness. A state-of-the-science, mental health center and charter member of the National Network of Depression Centers, the Center provides psychiatric hospitalization and partial hospitalization for individuals age 12-years-old and older, outpatient services for all ages, diagnostic and short-term residential services for adults and adolescents, outpatient services for substance abuse through HOPE Center North location and co-occurring disorders for adults and research. The Center is enhanced by its partnerships with UC Health and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center as their clinicians are ranked among the best providers locally, nationally and internationally.  Learn more at LindnerCenterofHope.org.

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1     Scientific American, July 14, 2017. https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/mental-illness-is-far-more-common-than-we-knew/

2               National Association on Mental Illness https://www.nami.org/NAMI/media/NAMI-Media/Infographics/GeneralMHFacts.pdf

2018 NATSAP Annual Conference Registration is now OPEN!

Registration for the 2018 NATSAP Annual Conference is now OPEN! Please see below for more information. We look forward to hosting you in Tampa!

Register now for Early Bird pricing!   

Come join us January 31 – February 2 at The Saddlebrook Resort to network and engage with more than 700 professionals at the 2018 NATSAP Annual Conference!Registration is open and you are encouraged to register now!  The complete list of sessions can be found at www.natsap.org. Please note that we have upgraded to a new database and you will need to create a new password to log in. Your username should be what you’ve used previously – most likely your work e-mail address.

Hotel & Travel Info

The 2018 NATSAP Annual Conference will take place at theThe Saddlebrook Resort. The Saddlebrook resort is an award-winning destination for meetings and vacations alike. NATSAP has reserved a block of discounted rooms at The Saddlebrook Resort for your convenience during the 2018 Annual Conference. All NATSAP educational sessions, networking events, and the exhibit hall will take place within the hotel.

  • Single/Double Occupancy Rooms$229 plus applicable state and local taxes
  • Triple Occupancy Room Rate: $249 plus applicable state and local taxes
  • Quad Occupancy Room Rate: $269 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 3, 2018. Please note: There is no guarantee that rooms will still be available until January 3rd. Please reserve your room early. The group code to receive the preferred rate is NATSAP/National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Are you interested in participating as a conference sponsor? There are still several opportunities available for your consideration. Please visit www.natsap.org for specific information regarding sponsorship opportunities, or contact nadia@natsap.org.

Exhibitor Information

By exhibiting at the NATSAP Annual Conference, you will have a chance to meet over 700 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.There is limited space available, so don’t delay in registering if you’d like to host an exhibit table during the conference!

For any questions, please contact Nadia Aboulhouda, Director of Conferences (nadia@natsap.org).