Volume 4, Issue 1, 2012

Impact of a Culturally Relevant Treatment Program
Drug abuse among adolescents, particularly among Native Hawaiian youth, is a serious concern on the Hawaiian Islands. Native Hawaiians possess the highest incidence of drug abuse and lowest success rates with traditional treatment programs. Some e...
Exploring the Process of a Therapeutic Wilderness Experience
Adolescent depression is a serious mental health crisis, often occurring in the context of negative psychosocial development. This study explored the efficacy of a therapeutic wilderness experience on adolescent depression and psychosocial develop...
Experiential Therapy in the Mental Health Treatment of Adolescents
This paper identifies non-profit and for-profit adolescent residential treatment programs in the United States and hypothesizes the number of adolescents who will enter residential treatment in a typical year. We then explore through a survey of o...
Preliminary Data from the NATSAP Research and Evaluation Network
This study presents data collected through the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs’ (NATSAP) Research Network. The aim of this study is to further define the subset of residential treatment represented by the NATSAP membership b...
The Evidence Base for Private Therapeutic Schools, Residential Programs, and Wilderness Programs
In the past 25 years adolescent risk factors have dramatically increased. Approximately one-third of public high school students fail to graduate (National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, 2006). Drug use isrampant in middle and hig...
Positive Youth Development: What It Is and How It Fits in Therapeutic Settings
This article provides an overview of Positive Youth Development (PYD) and suggestions for the application of PYD principles and practices in therapeutic schools and programs. The historical context of this developmental paradigm is provided as wel...
Developing a Therapeutic Community for Students with Emotional Disturbance: Guidelines for Practice
The therapeutic community has been widely studied for its use in psychiatric treatment centers, hospitals, and residential addiction programs. It has received limited attention in the research when it comes to special education day programs for st...