Volume 1, Issue 1, 2006

The “Miracles” of the Journal of Therapeutic Schools and Programs
Welcome to the inaugural issue of the Journal for Therapeutic Schools and Programs (JTSP). The purpose of this Journal is to publish written work that will assist professionals in therapeutic schools and programs in providing comprehensive care for a...
A Brief History of the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs
In this article we attempt to provide a personal account of the development of the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs. Both of us were involved from the beginning and we have chosen to write this article from the perspective of...
NATSAP Leader of the Year Award
I want to thank the NATSAP Board, not only for this honor, but much more for the hard work you have done, and the values and passion you have brought to your board work, in creating this amazing organization which has so much to offer all the childre...
Teaching for Executive Functioning
Poor school performance characterizes many students entering therapeutic boarding schools. They have shut down and are functioning far below their intellectual potential. By high school, they appear anxious, withdrawn, inattentive, disruptive, distra...
What Organization Leaders Can Do For Therapists Who Are Victims of Vicarious Trauma
Organizations across the country spend many hours and dollars of their resources treating people who have been physically or emotionally abused. Many of the clients that these organizations treat have suffered some form of abuse or neglect. Day after...
Reflecting Teams and Other Innovative Family Therapy Techniques
In the 1 980’s, the mental health and medical community tried to solve many adolescent behaviors through medication. Some of these medications created inappropriate risks for clients in outdoor-based substance abuse or behavioral healthcare programs....
Incident Monitoring In Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Programs
The monitoring of risk-related incidents in residential treatment programs for adolescents with behavioral and emotional disorders is important in light of increased oversight of service delivery by state and national agencies charged with their lice...
Improving the Moral Reasoning of Staff
Staff who work with clients in residential settings are required to explain rules and expectations as well as help shape appropriate behavior. This article examines the possible effects of a program designed to improve the moral reasoning of staff re...
The Role of the Therapist Within the Gestalt of a Clinical Residential Setting
This article supports the notion that within a well integrated, multidisciplinary residential treatment setting, a multiplicity of dyadic relationships contribute to the change process of the client and does not pivot exclusively on the dyadic relati...
WILL’S CHOICE by Gail Griffith: A Book Review
It is unconventional for one of a book’s minor characters to compose a book’s review. Readers may wonder how I can be objective, since I am a walk-on actor in Gail Griffith’s urgent account of her son’s depression, nearly-lethal try at suicide, and r...