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Utah Regional Conference

Utah Regional Conference

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The NATSAP Utah Regional Conference will be held on Friday, June 2, 2017 at the Davis Convention Center in Layton, Utah. The conference will feature a full day of educational sessions as well as presentations of the Utah Regional Awards in Excellence! More program information will be provided very soon. If you would like to attend the Utah Regional Conference, please see below for specific registration rate information:

Please note - registration rates for this conference have gone up due to the change in venue.

                                          Early Bird                            Regular  
 Registrant Type:           Prior to May 14th               After May 14th         Onsite 
NATSAP Member                    $125                                  $135                   $145 

Regular (Non-Member)           $140                                   $150                   $160

Please click here if you would like to download the registration form.

Online registration will close on Wednesday, May 24th. Onsite registration will be available during the event. 

Conference Location

Davis Conference Center

1651 North 700 West

Layton, UT 84041

Phone: 801.416.8888
Fax: 801.416.8877

Conference Hotel

762 West Heritage Park Blvd 
Layton, UT 84041
(801) 416-8899

Click Here to receive the discounted NATSAP rate of $104 per night

•     Put in the reservation dates on the website

•     Then in the “group/convention” area, type in the code: NATSAP.

The cut-off date is May 11th 2017.  You will need to book your room before this date in order to receive the NATSAP rate.   

Please CLICK HERE for information on exhibiting at this dynamic conference and CLICK HERE for information regarding sponsorship opportunities! 




8 AM

Registration & breakfast

Exhibit hall open

9:00 – 9:15 AM

Welcome & NATSAP update


9:15 – 9:30 AM

Excellence in Service Awards


9:30 – 10:45 AM

KEYNOTE Session:

Leading For Sustainability: The Foundation of Organizational Safety and Staff Retention

Mark McGuiness; Founding Consultant; Thrive Treatment Consulting


10:45 – 11:00 AM

Morning Break

11:00 AM – 12:15 PM

A-1: Making the Most of Consultant Tours

Courtney Merrill, LMFT; Therapeutic & Educational Consultant; Prepare to Bloom

Shayna Abraham, MA, CEP; Therapeutic & Educational Consultant; Prepare to Bloom

A-2: The Act of Adulting

Carl Baccellieri, M.A.; LPC; Executive Director; Living Well Transitions

A-3: The Convergence of Trauma and Neuro informed Treatment: Reducing Risk and Improving Outcomes

Gordon Day, Ph.D., Psychologist; Executive Clinical Director; Seven Stars

A-4: Everyday Mindfulness: Tools & Techniques for Staff

Mary Hickey; Director of Outreach; Red Mountain Sedona

A-5: The Lost Art of Diagnosis

Sam Coates, M.D.; Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Clinical Director; TELOS RTC

Janet McKay, APRN; Director of Psychiatric Services; TELOS U


12:15 – 1:15 PM


1:15 – 2:30 PM

B-1: Neuroplasticity in Autism Spectrum and Attaining Threshold

Amber Carlson, M.Ed, LCMHC; Mental Health Therapist; Waterfall Canyon Academy

Ryan Richter, M.S., LCMHC; Clinical Director; Waterfal Canyon Academy

B-2: Elves, Dragons & FOMO: The Relationships between Psychological Predispositions, Gamer Culture & Social Media

Jason Calder, LMFT, CMHC; Clinical Director; New Haven Residential Treatment Center

David Mayeski, LCSW; Executive Clinical Director; New Haven Residential Treatment Center

B-3: Managing Risk of Suicide and Parasuicidal Behaviors: Evidence-Based Assessment

Jordan Rigby, Psy.D.; Assessment Director, Neuropsychologist; ViewPoint Center

Jordan Killpack, MC; Assessment Director, Neuropsychologist; ViewPoint Center

B-4: Measure what Matters: The Hard Case for Measuring Soft Skills

Michele Royan; Regional Network Director, SW; Six Seconds Emotional Intelligence Network

B-5: Promoting Academic Success in an Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Program

Steven DeMille, Ph.D.; Executive Director; RedCliff Ascent

Laurie Laird, M.Ed.; Principal; Discovery Academy

2:30 – 2:45 PM

Afternoon break 1

2:45 – 4:00 PM

C-1: All Roads Lead to Rome

Allison Rencher; Clinical Director; New Haven Residential Treatment Center

Brian McElligott; Executive Clinical Director; New Haven Residential Treatment Center

C-2: How to Make Good Employees, Great Employees!!

Barry Fell; Executive Director; TELOS RTC

Chris Rogers; Human Resource Director; Telos RTC


C-3: Wilderness to Aftercare: Working Together

Jillian Broeckert, M.S., LCMHC; Clinical Director; At The Crossroads

Morgan Robak, M.S., LCSW; Field Therapist; Open Sky Wilderness

C-4: Adolescent Treatment Through An EMDR Lens

Matt Seelos, LCSW; Primary Therapist; Elevations RTC

C-5: Bonds of Healing: The Importance of Direct Care Staff in Healthy Emotional Attachment

Shawn Breeden, M.A., HS-BCP, CPC; Aftercare Shadow, Parent Coach; The ANASAZI Foundation

James Bowen, M.Ed., LMFT; Director of Family Services; Wingate Wilderness Therapy

4:00 – 4:15 PM

Afternoon break 2

4:15-5:15 PM

Community Discussion Groups:

Leadership: Developing team culture, retention strategies, effective training

Robbi O'Kelley, La Europa


Leadership: Effective risk management, developing program identity

Janet Farnsworth, West Ridge Academy

Clinical: Dealing with difficult parents, developing cross departmental cohesion, diagnostic precision, rolling with resistance, therapist burnout

John Hall, Telos

Clinical: Effective treatment planning, working with parent complaints, recognizing primary issues vs treatment induced issues, effective treatment teams, treatment team cohesion

Barry Fell, Telos

Residential: Retention, avoiding burnout, effective training, cross department cohesion, residential voice with the treatment team setting

Kristy Nauman, The Heritage School

Residential: Enmeshment, building relationship of influence, collusion between staff and students, dealing with the ‘staff VS student’ mentality, sustaining emotional safety

George Ballew, The Heritage School

Academic: Special education concerns and certification, teacher certification, curriculum development, best practices

Alicia Walters, New Haven RTC

Medical: Topic TBD

Megan Slater, New Haven RTC





1:15 – 2:30 PM

1: IEP's and the Therapeutic Setting

JaLane Donaldson, M.Ed.; Special Education Coordinator; Elevations RTC

Jennifer Call, BCBA; Program Director, Academic Director; Seven Stars


2:30 – 2:45 PM

Afternoon Break

2:45 – 4:00 PM

2: Make a Difference with Differentiation

Lynsie Katoa; Teacher; New Haven Residential Treatment Center

Pamela Gardner; Teacher; New Haven Residential Treatment Center





2:45- 4:00 PM





*NOTE:  CEU hours not available for medical track sessions.*

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 Laurie Laird ([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, May 19th.  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!  

6/2/2017 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Davis Conference Center 1651 N 700 W Layton, UT 84041

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