NATSAP is proud to offer a series of virtual learning opportunities for members, non-members, and the NATSAP community.  Join your colleagues as we focus on providing relevant information and TEN opportunities to earn those CEUs!

  • There will be ONE webinar per week; every Wednesday starting September 16th and running until November 18th
  • All webinars are at 2:00 PM ET, with the exception of the 9/16 webinar, which will be at 12:00 PM ET
  • You can purchase the entire series for $299 OR a la carte for $50 each.  Those who purchase the entire series will receive a $299 credit towards the 2021 NATSAP Annual Conference!
  • Each presentation will be worth 1.5 CEUs.  A live Q&A session will take place at the end of each presentation for you to interact directly with the speaker(s)! 
  • We will provide you with the CEU packet that you will fill out throughout the Semester at Home series, and will mail in once you have viewed all of the webinars (or the ones you are viewing).
  • A recording of the webinar will be available for the registrants after the event concludes 
  • Registrations will be accepted up to 1 hour before the event



NATSAP Virtual Meeting Code of Conduct

NATSAP is committed to providing a safe, productive, and welcoming environment for all meeting participants and NATSAP staff. All participants, including, but not limited to, attendees, speakers, volunteers, exhibitors, NATSAP staff members, service providers, and all others are expected to abide by this Virtual Programs Code of Conduct.

NATSAP has zero-tolerance for any form of discrimination or harassment, including but not limited to sexual harassment by participants or our staff at our meetings. If you experience harassment or hear of any incidents of unacceptable behavior, NATSAP asks that you inform either Megan Stokes, Executive Director ( or Nadia Aboulhouda, Director of Conferences ( so that we can take the appropriate action. 

Unacceptable Behavior is defined as:

  • Harassment, intimidation, or discrimination in any form.
  • Verbal abuse of any attendee, speaker, volunteer, exhibitor, NATSAP staff member, service provider, or other meeting guest.
  • Examples of  verbal abuse include, but are not limited to, verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, national origin, inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images in public spaces or in presentations, or threatening or stalking any attendee, speaker, volunteer, exhibitor, NATSAP staff member, service provider, or other meeting guest.
  • Disruption of presentations during sessions, in the exhibit hall, or at other events organized by NATSAP throughout the virtual meeting. All participants must comply with the instructions of the moderator and any NATSAP virtual event staff.
  • Presentations, postings, and messages should not contain promotional materials, special offers, job offers, product announcements, or solicitation for services. NATSAP reserves the right to remove such messages and potentially ban sources of those solicitations.

NATSAP reserves the right to take any action deemed necessary and appropriate, including immediate removal from the meeting without warning or refund, in response to any incident of unacceptable behavior, and NATSAP reserves the right to prohibit attendance at any future meeting, virtually or in person.

Semester at Home Schedule

Back to the Future:  Evidence-Based Treatments for Anxiety Disorders
16 September 2020 // 12:00 pm EDT // Cost:  $299 for FULL series or $50 for single webinar
Current events have contributed to a marked increase in feelings of anxiety.  Untreated, chronic anxiety impacts both brain and body functions that can change the course of one's life.  From brain "rewiring" to cardiovascular and metabolic disease to even genetic alterations, anxiety may significantly increase morbidity and mortality risks.  In this presentation, changes that develop from untreated anxiety will be detailed.  This talk will end with a discussion about evidence-based anxiety interventions such as mindfulness meditation, physical exercise, and paced breathing and current methods of pharmacologic treatment of anxiety disorders.

Presented by:  Raymond J. Kotwicki, MD, MPH, DFAPA; Charles B. West Chief Medical Officer at Skyland Trail 

Identifying and Treating Unique Mental Health Challenges of Young Adults in the Era of Social Media 
23 September 2020 // 2:00 pm EDT // Cost:  $299 for FULL series or $50 for single webinar
Rates of mental health issues and suicide have been on the rise recently among young adults.  This presentation will focus on identifying the unique challenges that this population faces as they grow up saturated by social media.  Issues such as upward comparisons, FOMO, social isolation, screen usage and insomnia, and decreased stress tolerance will be discussed, as well as the ways in which they create vulnerability to diagnosable mental illnesses such as generalized anxiety disorder, major depressive disorder, and increased risk of suicide.   

Presented by: Anna McCarthy, BA, MA, Ph.D.; The Mental Health Collective & Monisha Vasa, MD; The Mental Health Collective 

Facilitating Change in a Student Culture Crisis
30 September 2020 // 2:00 pm EDT // Cost:  $299 for FULL series or $50 for single webinar
Student culture within a program can be a powerful tool for change, but it also has the potential to be an equally potent obstacle to the growth and progress of the students and the overall health of the program.  This presentation will explore the factors that contribute to the formation of the student culture crisis.  The presenter will also discuss a comprehensive approach to assessing a student culture crisis within the context of the systems of the program and intervening in a united, collaborative, humanistic, and responsive manner.  The presentation will also include a discussion of how to build upon the gains of a healthy student culture shift to help maintain a more growth-supportive student culture in the future.   

Presented by:Ryan Anderson, Ph.D., LMFT, MedFT; Telos Discovery Space Center / Telos U 

Treating Depression During COVID-19: Building Connections and Increasing Engagement 
7 October 2020 // 2:00 pm EDT // Cost:  $299 for FULL series or $50 for single webinar
This webinar will focus on creative strategies to address barriers imposed by social distancing and other challenges due to COVID-19.  Designed for intermediate and advanced practitioners already familiar with behavioral activation for the treatment of depression, this presentation will involve a brief overview of behavioral activation, creative ideas for activity scheduling in light of social distancing and lack of current access to activities often recommended for those with depression, and additional strategies for building rapport and encouraging disclosure while providing treatment through a telehealth format.  Ample time will be allotted at the end of the presentation to address audience questions.   

Presented by:Adrianne McCullars, Ph.D.; Rogers Behavioral Health 

Effective Techniques for Dealing with Highly Resistant Clients 
14 October 2020 // 2:00 pm EDT // Cost:  $299 for FULL series or $50 for single webinar
The successful management of resistance is the pivotal point of effective therapy.  It is also a critical component of alleviating therapists' stress.  Although most therapists have been trained extensively in theoretical approaches, few have had extensive training in dealing with resistance.  This session will review many aspects of therapeutic resistance including historic definitions and present a model for resistance that empowers therapists in managing the problem.  This is followed by fundamental principles and techniques for avoiding and resolving resistance.  the techniques presented are applicable across a wide array of clients and problems and can be integrated with all theoretical approaches.   

Presented by: Clifton Mitchell, Ph.D.; Mind Management Seminars; Professor Emeritus at East Tennessee State University 

How to Enhance Your Video Conference with Families Using Systems Approach 
21 October 2020 // 2:00 pm EDT // Cost:  $299 for FULL series or $50 for single webinar
This session will educate clinicians on utilizing technology for family coaching calls using family systems methods.  This will be an experiential session helping participants learn valuable skills and a new frame of mind for more effective coaching calls with client's family members.  This session will include the differences in a weekly "update" and "coaching" sessions, including guidance working with clients in other states with difference laws around technology.  Therapists will learn to be more strategic in their sessions via technology, which will help them see and understand family dynamics better and take a more effective role as a therapist.  

Presented by:John Stewart, LCSW; New Haven RTC & Kallee Wilson, AMFT; New Haven RTC 

Social Media and Other Forms of Tech Addiction
28 October 2020 // 2:00 pm EDT // Cost:  $299 for FULL series or $50 for single webinar
As a society, we have become more and more reliant on technology for connection.  This is especially evident in this unique 2020 when we have had to use our devices as a substitute for real world interactions as we shelter at home and are forced into digital distance learning.  Now more than ever it is important to know and understand the role social media plays in tat need for connection, and the ways it can lead to struggles wiht our mental health and a general lack of balance in our lives.  Join Johnny Tock from ReSTART as he dissects this issue and offers insight into how to use social media in a healthy and productive way.  

Presented by: Johnny Tock, MS, LMHC; ReSTART 

Eliminating Symptoms Through Healing at the Core
4 November 2020 // 2:00 pm EST // Cost:  $299 for FULL series or $50 for single webinar
We believe, and research confirms, that symptoms are always the result of deeper underlying deficits at the character level. Through symptom-focused methods such as CBT, DBT, and other such modalities, we are able to make clients' lives better through symptom reduction.  but is symptom reduction really the goal, or could we be creating deeper, longer lasting healing?  We find that as well use symptom-reducing modalities it actually creates the safety and space needed to do deeper work through a psychodynamic approach that not only reduces symptoms, but eliminates them forever through healing at the core, limbic level.  Madeline and Mike will draw upon their extensive experience in implementing this deeper change model through an interactive and engaging way.  They will educate on their affect-focused and experiential psychodynamic theory and how it creates deeper change.  

Presented by: Madeline Spring, MA, LMHC; Compass Rose Academy & Mike Haarer, MA, LMHC, Compass Rose Academy

Is Now the Time to Intervene with Problematic Use of Technology? 
11 November 2020 // 2:00 pm EST // Cost:  $299 for FULL series or $50 for single webinar
Over the past several months as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, technology use has become an essential part of daily life. Despite the critical need for online connection, many young people have also developed a problematic and dysfunctional relationship with technology - often interfering with their ability to authentically interact with peers and the world around them. How do we manage these two realities at the same time, while simultaneously using online platforms for mental health support? In transitional and outpatient treatment settings where clients have access to electronic devices, correcting problematic behaviors with technology requires holistic and comprehensive approach. Individual therapy, clinically informed skills coaching, group therapy, health and wellness participation and parent coaching are necessary to combat the social and emotional deficits we are seeing as a result of excessive technology use.  

Presented by: Amanda Fialk, Ph.D., LCSW, LICSW; The Dorm & Sarah Harte, LICSW, The Dorm

Education is Therapeutic and Therapy is Educational: Creating Balance, Reciprocity and Integration in Therapeutic Residential Programs 
18 November 2020 // 2:00 pm EST // Cost:  $299 for FULL series or $50 for single webinar
At therapeutic residential programs, it can be difficult to uphold academic requirements while being flexible with therapeutic needs. Challenges emerge from differences in perspectives about topics such as: which is more important - school or therapy? How do teachers best support a variety of therapeutic and learning needs in the classroom?  How can therapists be involved in what is happening in the classroom in order to support their clients? This presentation proposes strategies to integrate academic and therapeutic goals, improve collaboration and communication between teachers and therapists, and to engage students in gradually taking more ownership of their learning process, resulting in both therapeutic and academic success.  

Presented by: Heather Tracy, Ed.D.; New Summit Academy & The Bridge-Costa Rica & Martin Naffziger, M.Ed.; New Summit Academy 

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