April 17, 2014

Journal of Therapeutic Schools and Programs

The NATSAP Journal of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (JTSP) Volume V is now available.
Click here to open or download JTSP Volume V.

The NATSAP Journal of Therapeutic Schools and Program (JTSP) Volume IV.
Click here to open or download JTSP Volume IV.

You may also request a previous volume by sending a Request for JTSP to the NATSAP office as indicated on the request.

For more information on the Journal of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (JTSP), select the topic of interest.

Purpose of the Journal
The Journal has the goal of prodding the NATSAP membership to think more deeply about our profession. We support all employees of NATSAP programs in their continuing development toward becoming more thoughtful, reflective practitioners who contribute to improving our work with children and families. We encourage and welcome empirical research in the JTSP, and we also encourage thoughtful reviews, clinical case studies, and considerations of education, recreation, program, risk management, and program management as well. We encourage each of us to think and write about what we are doing to stimulate involvement and progress, as well as provide a forum to explore important ideas that are so intrinsic to our work.

Michael Gass, Ph.D. from the University of New Hampshire and Keith Russell, Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota hold the editorial and managerial responsibilities for the Journal of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (JTSP). Both Dr. Gass and Dr. Russell have extensive professional publication and research experience that will continue to help us create professionally credible journals.

Submitting Articles for Publication in the Journal
We are accepting articles for future issues of the Journal of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (JTSP) and encourage submissions that help us better understand aspects of our field surrounding program design, development, implementation and evaluation. Topics pertaining to specific treatment approaches, particularly innovative ones and those directed toward special populations and other clients with special needs are solicited. Submissions related to management and leadership approaches are welcomed as are those related to staff recruitment, selection, training and retention as well as general policies related to personnel management. Articles that share thoughts regarding inter-disciplinary integration as well as those that focus on critical incident planning and governmental/regulatory relationships and funding issues would be highly valued. Submissions relating extant theory to clinical practice would be welcomed as would papers that produce findings resulting from clinical research of relevance, though it must be emphasized that JTSP is intended to share information of a nature useful to member programs, and is not intended to be a publication with purely academic relevance.

Those interested in submitting for the Journal are requested to follow the Instructions for Authors available on this website. Dr. Gass and Dr. Russell are willing to assist authors, particularly those without previous publication experience, in crafting their articles for publication. Volumes of the Journal of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (JTSP) will be published at the beginning and middle of each year.

About NATSAP’s Members

As a parent, we realize that this is likely a stressful and difficult time for you. We hope the information you find on the NATSAP website lead you to find help for your son or daughter. Matching the needs of your child to the particular services of a program is one of the most important decisions you will ever make on behalf of your child.

NATSAP’s role

NATSAP is not a referral or placement agency. We are a volunteer membership organization supporting professionals and programs in their efforts to help troubled young people. NATSAP does not provide oversight of our member programs, believing that responsibility lies with the licensing and accrediting agencies.

The NATSAP Directory is published annually with the same information available on this website. A hard copy of the directory may be obtained by completing the Program Directory Order Form.

Membership Categories

The Board, at the recommendation of NATSAP’s Membership Committee, has approved several new membership categories to clarify various member sections. These categories are now available.

Member Programs includes residential treatment centers, therapeutic boarding schools, wilderness programs, outdoor therapeutic programs, young adult programs and now addiction centers of various

Individual Professional Members (formerly Individual Affiliate) captures other professionals working in the field.

Affiliate Members to include aftercare companies and other providers of services directly related to our field.

Business Partner Members for organizations that provide services and products directly to NATSAP member program.

Student Members for those in undergraduate or graduate programs related to our field.