Narrative Therapy seeks, by developing mutual agreement between therapist and client that the memory and story is nonpathological, to use the act of telling the story as part of the resolution of the dysfunction. In telling and retelling the narrative, the client is asked to include the “absent but implicit” threads,
“Rather than transforming the person, narrative therapy aims to transform the effects of the problem.” (http://www.goodtherapy.org/narrative-therapy.html)
in the presentation of a problem. By exploring the impact of the problem, it is possible to identify what is truly important and valuable to a person in a broader context, beyond the problem.
National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP) is a non-accrediting association of treatment providers spanning a range of acuity and approaches to treatment for troubled teens to young adults. NATSAP includes therapeutic boarding schools, residential treatment programs, wilderness therapy programs, aka outdoor therapeutic programs, young adult programing and home-based programs. NATSAP was founded in 1999 with the mission to develop and support best-practices and ethics among its member programs. NATSAP requires its members “to be licensed by the appropriate state agency authorized to set and oversee standards of therapeutic and/or behavioral health care for youth and adolescents or accredited by a nationally recognized behavioral health accreditation agency and to have therapeutic services with oversight by a qualified clinician.”
NATSAP is running a long term study with the University of New Hampshire. Many of its members are part of of this study and are designated as “Research Designed Program (RDP).
Neurofeedback is an interactive biofeedback arrangement that allows clients to visualize the brain in vivo, and reportedly allows the viewer to train the brain to behave differently. While results are still controversial, some success has been reported in treating ADHD, epilepsy and some families are trying neurofeedback as a substitute or supplement to psychopharmacology.
Nonpublic School (NPS) is a designation by the state of California in a private, nonsectarian school that is certified by the state to provide special education services to students based on their Individualized Education Plan (IEP). These schools provide an environment, that provides treatment for students who are struggling academically, behaviorally and socially. Many of the treatment programs listed on this website under Teens have this designation. Some states (e.g., CA http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/se/ds/osplacmntrpt.asp) also require explicit academic standards, if not CA licensed.
Many states have lists of treatment facilities in state and out of state that are approved as temporary alternatives for the state-required (“typical”) adolescent educational track, though each state may call the “lists” something different. The path to a family placing their child in a treatment facility out of state can be arduous.
A nonverbal learning disorder is characterized by a significant discrepancy between high verbal skills and lower motor, and visuo-spatial skills on an IQ test. Because of guarding the deficiency and superior skills at verbal communicating, NVLD people often are verbose; they may “think out loud” and a common complaint is that they “talk too much”. “The NLD syndrome reveals itself in impaired abilities to organize the visual-spatial field, adapt to new or novel situations, and/or accurately read nonverbal signals and cues.”
“Although there is growing awareness of this condition, NVLD is controversial in medical circles. It does not appear in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5)”, (the 2015 update doctors, psychiatrists, and therapists use to diagnose all types mental illness and disabilities on the spectrum).