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Rocky Mountain Regional Conference

Rocky Mountain Regional Conference

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The NATSAP Rocky Mountain Regional Conference will be held from Thursday, June 22nd to Friday, June 23rd , 2017 at the Grouse Mountain Lodge in Whitefish, Montana. The theme for the NATSAP Rocky Mountain Regional Conference this year is "All in the Family: Treating the Whole System". Please join the NATSAP community in exploring this topic with knowledgeable presenters, in a picturesque setting in beautiful Whitefish, Montana! 

The conference will kick off with a welcome reception on June 22nd and will resume on Friday, June 23rd with a full day of educational sessions as well as presentations of the Rocky Mountain Regional Awards in Excellence! In addition to the welcome reception on Thursday June 22nd, Barb Cunningham will be organizing tours of local NATSAP organizations and golf tee times.  Please see below for the program tour schedule:

8:45-10:15 Montana Academy

10:30- 12:00 Wilderness Treatment Center

12:30-2:15 Summit Prep (Lunch and tour)

There is also the opportunity to play golf or visit Glacier National Park on Thursday as well. Please contact Barb Cunningham at [email protected]   if you are interested in visiting any or all programs or playing golf.

 If you would like to attend the Rocky Mountain Regional Conference, please see below for specific registration rate information:


Early Bird



Registrant Type:

Prior to May 21st    

After May 21st    






Regular (Non-Member)




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Online registration will close on Friday, June 16th. Onsite registration will be available. 

Conference Lodging Info: 
Grouse Mountain Lodge
2 Fairway Dr.
Whitefish, MT 59937
Phone: (406) 862-3000
Reference NATSAP to receive discounted conference rates

Room Rates
Standard Room
Single - $199
Double/Triple - $214

Nordic Golf View
Single - $209
Double/Triple - $224

Corner Suite
Single - $219
Double/Triple - $234

Loft Suite
Single - $243
Double/Triple - $243

Sponsorship Opportunities Available!
Are you interested in participating as a conference sponsor for the Rocky Mountain Regional Conference?
 Click here  for information about participating as sponsor.

Conference Program



Program Tours
(contact [email protected] to set up a visit)
Golf Outing Also Available

3:30 – 7:00 PM

Registration Open

4:00 - 5:15 PM Keynote 
Rick Johnson, Co-Founder, Summit Preparatory School

5:30 – 7:00 PM



Friday, June 23 

8:00 – 9:00 AM

Breakfast and Registration

8:30 – 8:45 AM

Welcome & NATSAP Updates
Joe Wassif, Rocky Mountain Conference Chair
Megan Stokes, NATSAP

8:45 – 10:00 AM

Breakout Session A1
Everywhere at Once: Who Needs What and When In Family Treatment of Identified Patients
Presenter: Ben White, Montana Academy

Breakout Session A2
Healing the Healers: Program and Personal Strategies for Recognizing & Resolving the Realities of Burnout
Presenter: Clark Hammond, Kaizen Academy

10:00 – 10:15 AM


10:15 AM – 11:30 AM

Breakout Session B1
Apple and the Tree. How to Communicate Effectively with Neuro-Atypical Students and Families
Presenter: Dan Hanks, Northwest College Support

Breakout Session B2
Identifying Passions and Potential Long-term Career Interests to Build Grit, Resilience, Perseverance, and Motivation
Presenter: Daniel Greenwood, Greenwood Associates, Inc & Andy Sapp, Novitas Academy & Cherry Gulch

11:30 -12:30 PM


12:45 – 1:00 PM

Excellence in Service Awards

1:15 – 2:30 PM

Breakout Session C1
Severance and Intention- a Family Rite of Passage
Presenter: Mike Sullivan, Pacific Quest

Breakout Session C2
Leading For Sustainability: The Foundation of Organizational Safety and Staff Retention
Presenter: Mark McGuiness, Thrive Treatment Consulting

2:30 – 2:45 PM


2:45 – 4:00 PM

Breakout Session D1
Demystification: Improving understanding of neurological, behavioral and emotional disorders in family therapy
Presenter: Gordon L. Day, Seven Stars

Breakout Session D2
Speaking Shame: Using DBT & Shame Resiliency to Reduce Therapist Burnout
Presenter: Megan Belcher Allen & Ke'ala Cabulagan, Sunrise Residential Treatment Center

4:00 PM



Excellence in Service Awards!
We are excited to remind you about the Excellence in Service Awards.  This is a great way to pay tribute to those in our organizations who play such vital roles “behind the scenes” but who may not get the spotlight very often. To do this, we need your help!  To submit one or more of your outstanding staff, please email Joe Wassif ([email protected]) with the following information:

1.  Staff name, program and job title.  
2.  Staff photo.  
3.  A short description of qualities that make this an outstanding staff.    

A few examples and/or quotes would be great! All submissions are due by Friday, June 9th.  The Conference Committee will select two program persons, one in a direct care capacity and one in an education capacity. Each recipient will receive a gift from NATSAP for their talent and dedication to the students and families we serve.  Thank you for taking this opportunity to recognize your staff that are doing exceptional work!  
6/22/2017 - 6/23/2017
Grouse Mountain Lodge 2 Fairway Dr Whitefish, MT 59937

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