National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs
Therapeutic boarding school Boulder Creek Academy serves students with academic, mental health, and behavioral problems through a diverse curriculum that places equal focus on academics and life skills. Boulder Creek Academy also belongs to the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP), which will host its 2017 annual conference in January.
A three-day event for mental health and allied health professionals in the educational field, the NATSAP Annual Conference features a variety of keynote sessions, general sessions, plenary, and breakout sessions. It welcomes youth advocates from throughout the country and abroad, and includes a dynamic schedule of presentations delivered by leading authorities in the education and mental health sectors. Additionally, exhibiting organizations will receive the opportunity to showcase their latest programs and insights.
Registration fees vary according to NATSAP membership, although members are eligible for early bird registration discounts. Further details on guests, program schedule, and special events to be announced. The conference will take place January 25 through January 27, 2017, at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort and Spa in Tucson, Arizona.
For updates on the conference, visit natsap.org.
Boulder Creek Academy
Boulder Creek Academy is a therapeutic boarding school in Bonners Ferry, Idaho, that accepts students in grades eight through twelve. The academy focuses on meeting the academic, behavioral, and clinical needs of students. Founded in 1993, Boulder Creek Academy operates with accreditation from the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC), a division of AdvancedED.
These organizations outline quality standards and processes that meet the specific requirements for several types of learning institutions, and accreditation from NWAC and AdvancedED serves as a testament to quality standards. For instance, standards have been developed for education corporations, public and private school systems, digital learning institutions, and post and secondary academies. Criteria for accreditation include: a commitment to continuous improvement, demonstration of quality assurance through internal and external review, and cooperation with AdvancedED standards and policies.
The organization utilizes a system-oriented accreditation approach that helps institutions make the most of their talent and resources. It measures the program’s quality, relationships, and results through an examination of an institution’s standards, student performance, and stakeholder feedback. Furthermore, the accreditation process emphasizes the importance of accountability, learner outcomes, and efforts to achieve positive learner outcomes.
For additional details on accreditation with AdvancedED and the NWAC, visit advanc-ed.org/services/accreditation.
Clinical depression in children
As a therapeutic boarding school, Boulder Creek Academy provides educational programs designed to help teenagers with behavioral difficulties. One such difficulty Boulder Creek Academy is designed to address is clinical depression, which is experienced by approximately one in 20 children in the United States. Depression can take several forms, including major depression, which causes extended periods of sadness that interfere with a child’s daily activities; dysthymia, which has less dramatic effects but can persist for a year or more; and bipolar disorder, which causes periods of depression to alternate with those of irritability and emotional outbursts.
Clinical depression is not merely the occasional sadness, lack of motivation, or low self-confidence that almost all children experience. Expecting a child to “snap out of it” or scolding a child for showing a lack of interest in his or her responsibilities is liable to upset the child further and intensify feelings of unworthiness. Likewise, it is rarely helpful to explain to a child why he or she shouldn’t be depressed, since major depression is not a rational response to pain or loss. The child may be fully aware that he or she has no specific reason to be upset, but this realization may not be enough actually to relieve the child of depression.
Depression can be caused by numerous factors. Traumatic life events such as a death in the family or parental separation can trigger long periods of serious depression, and its incidence is higher in children who have attention or learning disorders. There may be a genetic component as well, as some genes result in reduced levels of neurotransmitters that normally produce feelings of satisfaction or happiness. Because of this, children are more likely to experience depression if it is present in other family members.