The NATSAP Annual Conference is held in January or February each year for three days of general sessions, keynote sessions, plenary, and breakout sessions. It is our first of many conferences each year, which include our regional conferences (April – September) and D.C. Fly-In (June /July) on Capitol Hill. The NATSAP Annual Conference is specifically designed for mental health and allied health professionals of all experience levels. Attendees include program owners, directors, administrators, therapists, educators, and other personnel, plus educational consultants, social workers, psychiatrists, psychologists, and guidance counselors, among others. It is NATSAP’s national meeting of youth advocates from around the country and even abroad.This dynamic conference will include a mixture of presentations that represent the growing expertise of program personnel as well as the widening services offered by NATSAP programs and schools.This conference provides best practice methodologies and numerous networking opportunities.
Other important features include our groundbreaking panel discussion where leading organizations showcase their programs and invaluable insights. Some highlights of previous NATSAP Annual Conferences include:
- Recognizing Ken Stettler, Director of the Office of Licensing at the Utah Department of Human Services, as the recipient of the NATSAP 2011 Leadership Award;
- Spearheading a dialogue between IECA, NAPHS, AACRC, NATWC, CAFETY and CWLA, which created a collaborative effort to affect change across a broader scale;
- A Guide to Crisis Management, for help when we are faced with incomprehensible uncertainty;
- The New Brain Science: Can It Make Treatment More Effective?; and
- Maximizing Staff Potency in the Therapeutic Setting: developing, nurturing, supporting and interacting with field staff.