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

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1     Scientific American, July 14, 2017.

2               National Association on Mental Illness

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 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 for specific information regarding sponsorship opportunities, or contact

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 ( 

Spotlight: Ascend Healthcare

Ascend Healthcare provides residential treatment to teens with a focus on evidence based therapies. The critical roles that family and empowerment play in one’s journey to recovery are crucial to us in establishing a deep and meaningful connection with our clients. We offer comprehensive educational services so our teens are equipped with the necessary self-esteem and support systems to last them well beyond their tenure at our facility. Among the many disorders that we treat are: substance abuse, depression, eating disorders, anxiety and trauma.

Family- Family –Families meet individually with a therapist on a weekly basis in person, or via videoconferencing if need be, in order to work on interfamily relationships. Weekend family days offer a multifamily group experience and the necessary tools to support one another and know they’re not alone.

There is passion in the behaviors that become unmanageable and require treatment. Harnessing the intensity and the passion of a teen and helping them practice self-care and turn that passion into something rewarding is our goal. At Ascend we take on the passions of each teen and give them an avenue to express it and learn a new skill. We identify the voice of the internal critic that stifles their progress and offer support, encouragement and teach them to internalize a healthy voice.

Empowerment– The goal of the program is to empower each teen and their family to continue healing via the new strategies and skills they have learned. Continue their passion project, continue to use the skills they practice that have helped them identify their feelings and take responsibility to self soothe in a way that builds self-esteem and self love. We have a strong emphasis on discharge planning to help families transition to the next step successfully. 

Interested in participating in a new research project? Adult Perspectives on Totalistic Teen Treatment: Experiences and Impact

Invitation to Participate in Research

Project Title:  Adult Perspectives on Totalistic Teen Treatment: Experiences and Impact

IRB Approval Number: UF-IRB201701655

This is an invitation to participate in research conducted by graduate student, Mark Chatfield, of the Family, Youth and Community Sciences department, at the University of Florida. Mr. Chatfield is supervised in his research by his advisor, Dr. David Diehl.

Who is eligible to participate

Adults, aged 18 and over, who were in an intensive treatment program in the United States while under the age of 18, are eligible to participate.


For the purposes of this study, intensive programs have been defined by the following qualities:

  • Communication between residents, and with the outside world, was under strict control and contingent on good behavior.
  • Youth in the program were expected to monitor each other and/or report each other if they broke the rules.
  • The program philosophy emphasized the need to totally change or be completely saved.
  • To progress through the program, residents were required to complete a series of prescribed stages, phases, or levels of treatment.
  • Youth were required to participate in group sessions that involved confessions and/or confrontations.
  • The program had a strict system of rule enforcement, punishments, and/or inflexible consequences.
  • For some length of time, all aspects of life occurred under the authority, supervision, or permission of the program.

Adults who were in a treatment program that could be described by these characteristics are eligible to participate no matter how good or bad their experience was. This study is designed to assess a wide range of opinions and perspectives among adults who, for ANY reason, were placed in a program of this nature before the age of 18.

Purpose of the research.

The purpose of this study is to learn how such treatment methods were experienced and how the effects and impacts of those experiences are perceived and described by research participants.


What you will be asked to do.

This is a two-stage research project.


Online Questionnaire

In the first stage, all who are eligible are invited to participate in a brief online questionnaire that takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. No compensation will be provided for participation in this stage of the project.


Phone or In-Person Interview

In the second stage of the study, a small number of participants who completed the questionnaire and are interested, will be invited to participate in a one-hour interview that will be audio recorded with their permission. Most of the interviews will be conducted by phone but participants who live in the Gainesville, Florida area may choose to be interviewed in-person if they prefer. After the interview, participants who would like to receive a $15 gift card will be asked to provide a mailing address.



Your identity will be kept confidential to the extent provided by law. You may complete the questionnaire without providing your name. If you are interested in participating in an interview, you will be asked to provide your first name, phone number, and email address. You will not be asked to reveal your last name. Any identifying information you provide, such as your email address and phone number, will be assigned a code number and no one other than Mr. Chatfield and his faculty supervisor will have access to the code’s key. When the study is completed and the data have been analyzed, the list of codes will be destroyed. Your name and your contact information will not be used in any report. Any future publications about this research will not personally identify or disclose your identity.

Voluntary participation.

Your participation in this study is completely voluntary. There is no penalty for not participating. You may refuse to answer any question without explanation.

Right to withdraw from the study.

You will have the right to withdraw from the study at any time without consequence.

If you would like to participate.

If you would like to participate, you may review the informed consent form and access the online survey at this LINK. If you know of others who might be interested in participating in this research, please share this entire invitation without editing. If you have any technical problems with accessing the survey, or if you would like more information about this project, please contact:


Mark Chatfield

Graduate Student

Department of Family, Youth, and Community Sciences

University of Florida

(352) 519-2792



***Contact for a copy of the IRB Approval Letter***

Music Mentorship Program is an Immersive Experience at Elevations

Originally born from a small group once a week, our Music Mentorship Program has become one of the most advanced in a Residential Treatment Center environment.

Elevations RTC works with GeNote to offer a specialized therapeutic experience. Offering a wide array of therapeutic services, we try to create experiences that resonate the most with our population. One of these positive experiences has been the Music Mentorship Program.

The benefits of the Music Mentorship Program for our students are the result of years of research and evidence based practices. After taking part in the Music Mentorship Program, our students often experience positive effects such as better sleep, reduced stress, and improved focus. They have also experienced an improvement in their recovery from physical activities and mentally draining experiences. All of this from our Music Mentorship Program!

Numerous students involved in the GeNote program have self-reported and been observed to improve sleep patterns and mood over time. Their affects, attitudes, and daily abilities shifted, helping them to address other issues for which they are seeking treatment.

“How we do GeNote has a big positive effect that makes me feel like I do have purpose. It also helps me process things that talk therapy and EMDR doesn’t. GeNote has also helped me widely in the area of sleep, by helping me fall asleep quicker, sleep through the night, and enables me to wake up in the morning not feeling grumpy and groggy.”

-Matthew, GeNote Student

“When students are able to decrease emotional vulnerability through being able to sleep through the night, they are more likely to utilize Mindfulness and Wise Mind while interacting with others. Utilization of these tools is especially helpful with complicated/emotionally involved family relationships.”

-Anna Chauncey, CSW Primary Therapist

What is the Elevations Music Garden?

Elevations Garden

The music garden came about from a collaboration of wanting to provide a successful  and sustainable garden on campus and the idea that music has a universal structure that we naturally understand. Through the Music Mentorship Program we get the chance to reveal this universal structure. This pattern can then be transferred to other areas such as a garden. A group of interested students will provide regular care for the garden.

“A few staff members who have been working towards having a viable garden on campus for the past few years came up with a budget to support the idea of a music garden. Elevations provided the physical space to build the garden and staff came up with a design for the garden that would work with the concept of a “music” garden. Students worked in small groups in a few GeNote sessions and came up with three different designs that actually turned out to be in tune with how music is structured pattern wise.  They were then able to have the hands on experience (SO FUN!) of helping build the garden space, pick out the plants-colors, textures, sizes, scents…to fit the three designs. They planted the garden,  planned for the transition from spring to fall in order to make a permanent place for the perennials, and made a schedule to keep the garden watered and weeded.  The idea of making a physical connection (garden) with the theoretical/practical application of music in a space many of the students can see and enjoy everyday.  It is THRIVING!”

-Jo Ann Thomas, Elevations RTC

More than a Traditional Therapeutic Experience

At Elevations we get the opportunity to help students transfer their experience to things like monthly trips to the symphony. In these trips, students are able to apply what they learned throughout our sessions in the Music Mentorship Program taking place in the classroom, common areas and our new music garden!

The mental health benefits for our families are one of the main reasons we are so supportive of GeNote.

Laura Burt
Director of Business Development
Elevations & ViewPoint Center
cell: 801-698-7723
Fax- 801-784-9085