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.
Like so many schools, when Covid hit last March, the Devereux Glenholme school started using Zoom for students who were home.
Enter Morgan Fulks, the incoming Director of Education. With the current Education Director, Sharon Murphy, Morgan began investigating more complete options for student learning using computers. On September 23rd, the Glenholme School flipped the switch to start using Microsoft Teams, a program blending of online and in-person teaching.
Microsoft Teams allows teachers, students and administrators to collaborate in real time. For example, students can take quizzes in class, and turn them in online. The teacher can then see immediately who turned in the quiz, and who has not.
Quizzes are graded automatically and the teachers can add any comments before she sends it back to the students. Curriculums can also be developed online. Teachers can do lessons on camera, record and store them for playback at a later time.
With Microsoft Teams, students have online access to their classes, their teachers and digital resources
The NATSAP Member Program will highlight NATSAP member programs and the unique work they do. We want to offer an opportunity for you to share your story with your colleagues and the NATSAP community, inspire future NATSAP members, and strengthen awareness fo our collective mission.
Submissions will be accepted on a rolling deadline. Descriptions will be selected in order based upon date received. New postings will appear on our social media pages with a link back to the program’s website.
1 spotlight bio (maximum 300 words)
1-3 photos (1 required, 3 maximum)
Questions to answer in your spotlight include:
Who you are
Who you serve
What makes your program unique
Special events (either upcoming or recently held)
Number of years as a NATSAP member
Thank you for participating!
Submitting a Spotlight Bio
Any program/school wishing to submit an article for this newsletter MUST be a current NATSAP member program/school in good standing.
Please use the link below to be take to our submission page.
In this edition, we are honored to have 16 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.
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.
If you are interested in submitting an article for the newsletter, please submit your article and accompanying image(s) to Shanita Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, December 11.
All articles must be received by 11:59 PM ET. This edition does not have a theme and will be released on Friday, December 18.
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.
Four world-class ultra cyclists known as the Soaring Coots have come together to raise awareness of the mental health challenges facing youth today, the healing work of wilderness therapy and to raise funds for Sky’s the Limit Fund (STLF). Therapeutic Wilderness programs exist to provide a rich, intensive, clinically-proven therapeutic experience for a child and their family struggling with mental health and addiction, providing tools to get better. However, this level of care is costly, and beyond the reach of many families. STLF provides much needed financial support to families in need while their partner wilderness programs match their funding with a reduction in tuition.
During these crazy Covid-19 times, The Soaring Coots have found a unique way to pay it forward and help youth in crisis continue to get the support of wilderness therapy so many of them desperately need. Each of the riders has their own story to tell, facing mental health challenges in their own families. Riding has become their platform to make a difference. They are now well on their way to their goal of winning the Mountain West ultra cup and raising $50,000 to help transform the lives of youth in crisis.
The team crushed the first race of the three race Mountain West series in July – Race Across Oregon. They won the race and set a new course record. Coming up quickly now are the final two races of the series:
Hoo Doo 500 (August 29-30): 500 Miles, targeting sub 24 hours (the current overall team record.) – Riding out of St George Utah, this course has a very fast record and elevations as high as 9,000 feet – three of the Soaring Coots live at sea level! It will take everything they have to both win and attempt to beat the speed set by a much younger team.
Silver State 508 (Sept 18-20): 508 miles, targeting sub 25 hours. A 508 mile route across Nevada. – This is a fast course record to attempt on a course with huge temperature changes and a lot of climbing.
Mark and Shane are both solo winners of this race (2018 and 2019 respectively). For Paul and Yann it will be their first time. Each rider will have to be on their best form to make this happen. The team acknowledges that as hard as it can get for them during their races, it is nothing compared to what young people are facing when they get to the wilderness and start their healing journey.
Hard work, dedication and commitment is the commonality.
If you would like to cheer the Soaring Coots on during their adventure, learn more about them individually & DONATE to help break the barrier of cost for wilderness therapy:
Hillside® offers treatment for youths who have struggled with primary psychiatric disorders. Based in Atlanta, we provide psychiatric and therapeutic care for all gender clients, ages 5-25, in our residential, day, and intensive in-home therapy programs.
The first, and still only, residential program to become a Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)-Linehan Board of Certification, Certified Program™ in the nation, Hillside’s clinicians are trained in DBT for Children, DBT Prolong-Exposure Protocol, Radically Opened DBT, and DBT-PTSD.
Hillside stays on the forefront of treatment through partnerships with several universities. We are proud of our strong clinical program and our effort to meet the challenge of make quality treatment accessible. We recently launched the Hillside Atlanta Foundation to help fund scholarships for treatment, training, and research in behavioral health.
When the Coronavirus thwarted the Glenholme School’s plan to create a sensory room, the school’s clinicians had to think fast and pivot. The space reserved for this purpose was needed for social distancing. The Glenholme School is a 52 year old co-ed therapeutic boarding school for students 10-21 years old with learning disabilities, high functioning autism, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and other learning challenges and mood disorders.
Children who are gifted and those with ADHD, and Autism have a prevalence of sensory processing difficultythat is much higher than in the general population. They may be unable to modulate their activity level, and their level of excitement. For example, noises may hurt their ears and bright lights may really disturb them.
Sensory processing refers to the way the nervous system receives messages from the senses and turns them into responses. For those with difficulty processing sensory information, sensory information goes into the nervous system but does not get interpreted accurately for appropriate responses.
Senses are the first things that a baby experiences. They form the foundation for interpreting the world. The brain processes sensory information before any other input, like language. Deep touch and pressure such as swaddling a baby is calming to the infant. Watching a mobile offers stimulating sensory input. Other kinds of sensory input provides a centering or focusing result.
One area occupational therapists work with children on are sensory issues. They teach them how to soothe themselves and how to help them manage responses to sensory input.
The Clinical Director, Movement/Dance Therapist, OT and one of the social workers at the Glenholme School have been working to infuse the school with methods to help students calm their bodies when excited, center themselves and energize themselves, using ordinary supplies that might be outdoors on campus or inside the cottages in the kitchens. They are putting together a syllabus, and training manual to teach the boarding staff how to lead the youngsters through different somatic and sensory exercises. Many of these activities are ones that the residential staff already do with students, but may not have had the conceptual framework in which to place these activities.
Bike riding, playing on swings, balance activities on logs or curbs, hiking with a purpose, like “ABC hiking,” twister, climbing trees, tumbling, making slime, or baking bread and cookies are all examples of everyday activities that provide sensory input.
Staff have conducted these activities routinely, and may be intuitively aware that students become engaged in these activities. They are now being taught on a conceptual level which activities should be used when, and how these activities evoke which type of response: calming, energizing, or centering.
Kudos to the adaptability of the clinical and residential staff at the Glenholme School for turning around a difficult situation in a way that benefits the students.
“CooperRiis at Asheville” to open September 1st, 2020
ASHEVILLE, N.C. — CooperRiis residential mental health treatment and healing community in Western North Carolina is pleased to introduce their new clinically intensive and insurance-driven CooperRiis at Asheville Program, opening September 1st, 2020. The CooperRiis at Asheville Program offers short-term treatment; 30-90 days, designed to promote stabilization and develop a foundation for a potential next step into its longer-term residential program on The CooperRiis Farm in Mill Spring.
The CooperRiis at Asheville Program integrates clinical services through psychiatry, individual and group therapy, and independent skill and functional recovery programming. The recovery program will benefit individuals in early recovery and individuals experiencing setbacks or recurrent mental health and substance use challenges.
The CooperRiis at Asheville Program treats adults 18 and over who experience mental health diagnoses such as anxiety, major depression, PTSD, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, personality disorders, and any co-occurring condition related to addiction (dual diagnosis).
The CooperRiis at Asheville Program provides clinical services that will include psychotherapy, psychiatry, experiential group therapy, optimized medication use, psychoeducation, and 24-hour nursing. Evidenced-based group modalities are offered, such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Expressive Arts Therapy, and Psychosis Support.
The introduction of this new program is especially relevant today, as the COVID-19’s emerging impact on society’s mental health has been profound. The CooperRiis commitment to the principles of recovery provides an essential service for people whose emotional well-being has been further compromised by the pandemic.
“CooperRiis believes that with its focused attention, this program can help address the emerging societal complexity of the virus epidemic with this vulnerable population,” Eric A. Levine, Ed.D, President and CEO.
AboutCooperRiis Healing Community
Founded by Donald R. Cooper and Lisbeth Riis Cooper, CooperRiis is a non-profit organization accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). CooperRiis residential healing community in Western North Carolina, with a rural campus on a 94-acre farm and an urban campus in Asheville. Since 2003, CooperRiis has been helping adults living with mental health challenges achieve their highest levels of functioning and fulfillment. A personalized recovery approach, CooperRiis combines trusted clinical therapies, community work & service, education, and integrative wellness practices.
Ashcreek Academy is for young men, ages 13-17. We are located in Toquerville, Utah in the beautiful red rocks. We help boys who are working through issues such as: attachment, trauma, depression, and anxiety. Because of the trauma that they have experienced, they are processing things through their brain stem. This is when they are in the fight, flight or freeze mode. We are helping re-wire their nuero pathways to their pre-frontal cortex, where logical decision making is made. The way we do that is through Experiential Education and Therapy- taking the boys off campus and teaching through moving their bodies. This includes hiking, mountain biking, skiing, rock climbing, kayaking, etc.
We have been open since 2012 and a member of NATSAP for most of our years we have been open. We are excited to be in the spotlight, showing off our awesome program and the great work we are doing with these boys.
Want your program featured in our spotlight? Log onto your member portal at natsap.org. Find the submission page in the resources tab, upload your spotlight post, and check back on our blog for your feature!