All Kinds of News for February 06, 2019
Dr. John Santa, one of four founders of Montana Academy, received the first ever Legacy Award given by the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP) at their annual conference in San Antonio, Texas on Thursday, January 31, 2019. This award marks Dr. Santa's lifetime achievement and his lasting commitment, dedication and contribution to the creation and evolution of this field, and NATSAP itself.
Montana Academy, twenty-two years later, is the remaining program of the original six therapeutic programs that collaborated to form a professional organization that worked to legitimize and develop the industry of adolescent care. Dr. Santa, who served as NATSAP's president, was instrumental in the development of research tools and data collection that would eventually set standards for best practices and would, ideally, attract and guide other programs, schools and professionals.Today, NATSAP is comprised of 187 members and of those, there are 47 research designated programs engaged in the evaluation of effective programming and advocacy.
Dr. Santa is still involved in the day to day routine at Montana Academy and is currently serving as the interim Clinical Director, providing oversight in case conceptualization and treatment planning. Dr. Santa also serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Therapeutic Schools and Programs, a publication committed to following trends, presenting research studies and carrying forward evidence-based practices and topics related to residential and wilderness treatment of teens and young adults.
About Montana Academy
Founded in 1997, Montana Academy is a coed, accredited, privately-owned therapeutic boarding school located in Northwest Montana. Unique in the nation, Montana Academy provides students a robust combination of clinical sophistication, an effective therapeutic program and a challenging prep school all situated on a 500 acre Montana ranch. Instead of limiting treatment to symptom relief (pills or brief therapies), Montana Academy pursues a two-step diagnosis and dual treatment; (a) to identify and then to remove insofar as possible, the obstacles to psychological development; and (b) to prod students to achieve new psychological milestones and so to restore the momentum of normal adolescent maturation.