The Negative Effects of Social Isolation in Teenagers

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Boulder Creek Academy
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Boulder Creek Academy is a coed therapeutic boarding school for teens ages 14 to 18. Located in Bonners Ferry, Idaho, Boulder Creek Academy serves the unique needs of students who struggle with various behavioral, clinical, and academic challenges, including social isolation.

Given the social nature of human beings, feeling disconnected and isolated from one’s peers can be extremely harmful to teenagers. In many cases, because teenagers tend to stay connected through online interaction, adults disregard social isolation in teens. However, the need for face-to-face interaction persists. As individuals grow through their adolescent years, they often seek peer support to process the various dramas and changes they are experiencing, and online interactions alone cannot fill this need.

When teens feel socially isolated, it results in a wide range of mental health problems. Teens often experience lower self-esteem and increased anxiety. Further, they may become depressed and possibly develop suicidal tendencies.

Teens experience physical problems, as well. They are more likely to become obese during young adulthood, have worse physical health, and experience headaches and stomachaches. Isolated teens also frequently have higher blood pressure, higher cholesterol, and poor cardiovascular health as young adults.

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.

National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs Conference

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National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs
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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.