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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Requirements and Terms for NATSAP Members

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Boulder Creek Academy has spent more than 20 years providing high-quality education to adolescents with learning disabilities, anxiety, and other mental health, behavioral, and academic challenges. Licensed by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Boulder Creek Academy adheres to the Northwest Accreditation Commission’s standards and is a member of the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP).

Committed to serving as a resource and an advocate for schools and other organizations that provide care and education to young people, NATSAP has been welcoming members since 1999. Members of the organization include institutions ranging from young adult programs to therapeutic schools. They must be licensed by a state agency that is authorized to oversee therapeutic care standards or accredited by COA, CARF, Joint Commission, or NIPSA – Therapeutic, and be dedicated to following NATSAP good practices and ethical principles. In addition, all NATSAP members offer therapeutic services that are overseen by a qualified clinician or licensed therapist.

Any programs that meet all the necessary requirements can apply for full membership. Programs with full membership status must have been open for more than two years. However, NATSAP does not automatically reject programs that do not meet these requirements. Instead, the programs may be offered associate membership status. Although the Association promotes ethical and good practice principles, NATSAP does not oversee the operations of any of its member programs. It is a volunteer organization and believes that accreditation and licensing agencies hold the responsibility for overseeing member programs.