Volume 1, Issue 2, 2009

Evidenced-Based Research: Catalyst for Action and Future Paradigm for NATSAP Programs?
For the past four years I have observed a new and emerging value system around the use of research to determine funding allocations, public policy decisions, and even program viability within the allied fields of mental health, substance abuse, yo...
Keynote Address 2006 NATSAP Annual Conference
For the past four years I have observed a new and emerging value system around the use of research to determine funding allocations, public policy decisions, and even program viability within the allied fields of mental health, substance abuse, yo...
Evidence-Based Practice Model
This article presents a model for residential treatment based on a contextual approach to evidence-based practice. The model is organized around the metaphor of rock climbing and includes the following components: empirically supported treatments, c...
Integrated Risk Management Model
For the past four years I have observed a new and emerging value system around the use of research to determine funding allocations, public policy decisions, and even program viability within the allied fields of mental health, substance abuse, yo...
Strategies for Risk Management
The previous article focused on the rationale of intentional risk management; not avoiding risk, but managing it appropriately for positive benefit for NATSAP programs. This article assumes programs have made the decision to invest in risk processes,...
Prescription Medication and Street Drug
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....
Solution Focused Therapy with Adolescents
This article provides a solution-focused approach for working with adolescents in residential treatment. The content areas include: (1) a discussion of why solution-focused therapy is a salient treatment modality, (2) a review of the philosophical un...
Family Therapy Assessment and Treatment Planning
Family therapy has become a common and important part of residential treatment. The Beavers System Model (Beavers & Hampson, 1 990) was developed to provide a means to understand the systemic functioning of families. Two dimensions are used in the Mo...
Meeting a Dual Agenda
“Twice exceptional” refers to children who are intellectually gifted but also experience an educational or psychological disorder. Identifying appropriate programs for this population can be a unique challenge due to the ways their giftedness and di...
The PACT by Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, and Rameck Hunt, with Lisa Frazier Page: A Book Review
The PACT is a compelling and inspiring true story of three boys who grow up to become doctors. For those with money, a nurturing family, social connections, and the means to afford higher education, this would be the American dream – and frankly, a l...