Volume 2, Issue 1, 2010

Dealing With Issues of Program Effectiveness, Cost Benefit Analysis, and Treatment Fidelity
Say you walked into the office of your trusted medical professional with your sick child. After going through a proper assessment, your doctor advised you of several drug treatment programs that would help your child recover. You were provided thr...
A Lost Ring: Keynote Address at the 2007 NATSAP Conference
I am glad to speak to you again. By “you” I mean my colleagues and friends who do what I do—take care of troubled teenagers. Today I want to suggest that we consider: ”What is it that we do?” When speaking with parents about their children, I re...
Residential Treatment and the Missing Axis
This article is based on a keynote address at the NATSAP Annual Conference in February of 2007. It describes the evolution of modern private residential programs, beginning with early alternative programs of the 60’s and 70’s that eschewed mainstr...
So You Want To Run An Outcome Study?
The purpose of this literature review was to identify the considerations that should be addressed in the design of adolescent residential treatment center outcome studies. Specific key word searches were used with four on-line databases to identif...
Longitudinal Family and Academic Outcomes in Residential Programs
This paper presents academic and family outcomes from a multicenter study of youth enrolled in private residential programs. The sample of 1027 adolescents, and their parents, was drawn from nine Aspen Education Group residential programs. Youth ac...
Recognizing and Treating Reactive Attachment Disorder
Reactive attachment disorder is one of the most complex childhood psychiatric disorders. It develops from disrupted or pathogenic caregiver relationships during birth to three years and can leave a child unable to establish healthy relationships w...
Differentiating Bipolar Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder
Adolescent mood swings can create diagnostic confusion for clinicians. Adolescents presenting with mood fluctuations are often diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. A closer review of the context for mood fluctuations as well as response to medication...
Equal Experts: Peer Reflecting Teams In Residential Group Therapy
The postmodern concept of the reflecting team was developed to increase the freedom of the dialogue of change by including many alternative narratives for consideration. The use of reflecting teams can be expanded to a new level in a residential g...