NATSAP Journal

The JOURNAL OF THERAPEUTIC SCHOOLS AND PROGRAMS (JTSP) is published by the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs and publishes articles that assist readers in providing comprehensive care for adolescents, young adults, and families receiving services from residential and wilderness/outdoor behavioral healthcare treatment programs. The editors welcome manuscripts that are the original work of the author(s) and follow APA style as presented in the sixth edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Manuscripts may include, but are not limited to, case studies, topical clinical articles, literature reviews, case studies, and quantitative research. Submissions are encouraged that relate relevant theory to clinical practice or provide original research relating to program or treatment outcomes and processes. All rights reserved.

PERMISSION TO QUOTE, REPRINT, PHOTOCOPY It is the policy of NATSAP and the Editorial Board of JTSP that abstracts published with journal articles are indicative of, and not a substitute for, the work as a whole; therefore, access services are allowed free use of these abstracts without securing the permission of the JTSP. Inquiries about policy and procedures relating to permission to reproduce material published in the journal should be directed to: Ellen Behrens, Ph.D., Chief Editor, JTSP, Foster Hall, 1840 South 1300 East, Westminster College, Salt Lake City, UT 84015, 801-832-2427, [email protected]

MANUSCRIPTS The editors welcome manuscripts that are the original work of the author(s) and follow the style of APA as presented in the sixth edition of Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Manuscripts and related correspondence should be sent to Ellen Behrens, Ph.D., Chief Editor, JTSP, Foster Hall, 1840 South 1300 East, Westminster College, Salt Lake City, UT 84015, 801-832-2427, [email protected]

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Purpose of the Journal
The Journal has the goal of prodding the NATSAP membership to think more deeply about our profession. We support all employees of NATSAP programs in their continuing development toward becoming more thoughtful, reflective practitioners who contribute to improving our work with children and families. We encourage and welcome empirical research in the JTSP, and we also encourage thoughtful reviews, clinical case studies, and considerations of education, recreation, program, risk management, and program management as well. We encourage each of us to think and write about what we are doing to stimulate involvement and progress, as well as provide a forum to explore important ideas that are so intrinsic to our work.

Ellen Behrens Ph.D. from Westminster College holds the editorial and managerial responsibilities for theJournal of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (JTSP). Dr. Behrens has extensive professional publication and research experience that will continue to help us create professionally credible journals.

Call for Papers Journal of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (JTSP)

The editors are pleased to announce a series of special issues.

The goal of this series is to provide an in-depth, multi-faceted understanding of themes that are salient to NATSAP providers, programs, & clients.

Qualitative or quantitative research, case studies, survey studies, theoretical pieces, and literature reviews are welcome. Instructions for authors can be found at  

Prospective authors should contact an editor and may provide a summary of their paper for review prior to article submission.  

Note:  To remain a timely outlet for all research, each issue will contain articles that are outside of the theme. Therefore, papers on other topics are also welcome. 

Chief Editor:
Ellen Behrens, Ph.D.

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Upcoming Journal

Impacts on Families

The emotional and practical impact on families who have a member in treatment as well as long-term treatment outcomes. 

Guest Editor:
John Santa, Ph.D.
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Young Adults

The issues and needs of young adults and young adult programs in NATSAP (transition care, developmental tasks, family dynamics, college, careers, romantic relationships, etc.)

Guest Editor: 
 Sean Roberts, Ph.D.
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