NATSAP Annual Conference Keeps Attendees Abreast of Field Changes

Nestled at the base of Idaho’s Cabinet Mountains, Boulder Creek Academy is a year-round boarding school for students between the ages of 13 and 18 who have social and cognitive deficits. Fully licensed by the state, Boulder Creek Academy is a member of the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP).

A voluntary membership organization, NATSAP provides important resources to professionals and programs that work with young individuals who have behavioral and emotional difficulties. The organization accomplishes this through various programs and events, the most notable of which is its Annual Conference. Held in January or February every year, the NATSAP Annual Conference features everything from keynote speakers and concurrent sessions to numerous networking and development opportunities. The event lasts for three days and is typically the first NATSAP event of each year.

The NATSAP Annual Conference is designed for allied and mental health professionals. Most attendees at the conference consists of program owners, directors, and administrators, along with therapists and other mental health personnel. Attendees of the conference will have the opportunity to learn about new changes in the field, along with various programs offered by NATSAP. The 2017 Annual Conference is scheduled for January 25 to 27, 2017 and will be held in Tucson, Arizona at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort and Spa.

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A Brief Overview of the Student and Exchange Visitor Program

A therapeutic boarding school in Idaho, Boulder Creek Academy has spent over two decades meeting the unique needs of students between the ages of 14 and 18 who are struggling with a range of social and cognitive deficits. Boulder Creek Academy is a year-round school that is fully accredited by the Northwest Accreditation Commission and affiliated with such programs as the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP).

A part of the National Security Investigations Division, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) manages nonimmigrant students in the academic and vocational vice classification and the schools who teach such students. It was designed to ensure that all rules and regulations are followed by international students studying in the United States and to certify schools so that they may accept international students. Additionally, SEVP maintains several outreach programs to help students find a SEVP-certified school and maintain their student status. These outreach efforts also focus on such areas as student benefits, postgraduate procedures, and international student regulations.

SEVP oversees its certified schools and international students with the help of SEVIS, or the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System. This system tracks and monitors certified schools and exchange visitor programs, while also monitoring vocational and academic nonimmigrants while they participate in the United States education system. To accomplish its goal, SEVP works with the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, US Department of State, US Citizenship and Immigration Services, and several other government partners.

Improving Social Skills among Teenagers with ADHD

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Since 1993, Boulder Creek Academy has helped teenage boys and girls with academic, clinical, and behavioral challenges to embrace their strengths and flourish academically. Among the students served by Boulder Creek Academy are teens with ADHD, for whom social interactions can be challenge. Below are three ways in which teenagers with ADHD can develop their social skills:

Discuss ADHD: It’s normal for teens to feel embarrassed when talking about their ADHD, but explaining the issue to their friends can help. When friends know the reasons why a teen often loses track of time or forgets to meet them, they will be more understanding of the situation instead of simply becoming angry.

Join clubs: The key to joining a school club or youth group is finding one that fits the teen’s interests. Social interactions become easier for teens with ADHD when there is already a shared interest or passion.

Practice with family: At home, teens with ADHD should practice putting their thoughts into words. This can be accomplished by reading a book or watching a television show together, and then summarizing what the family watched or read. Additionally, parents can plan group outings to make it easier for teens to hang out with friends.