On October 5th and 6th, Latham Centers’ Admissions and Outreach Team attended their first in-person conference since the onset of COVID-19. The team had a blast at NATSAP, which presented opportunities to network, learn, and share information about Latham Centers’ mission-driven work.
In the months leading up to the conference, the team planned for this impactful professional development opportunity. NATSAP, the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs, “serves as an advocate and resource for innovative organizations which devote themselves to society’s need for the effective care and education of struggling young people and their families” (https://www.natsap.org/). Generally, attendees include similar types of schools and programs, advocates, parents, and consultants. Like Latham, all NATSAP member organizations are interested in bettering the world of special needs programming,
Sessions at NATSAP’s conference ranged from timely lectures such as: Beyond a Hybrid Reality: a Pandemic of Lost Identity, and Design or Resign: Improve Staff Longevity, to more consistent topics such as: Stages of Change: A Psychodynamic Conceptualization of Young Adult Transition Work and An Exploration of Resiliency. Katrina Kozak, Director of National Outreach, attended sessions in-between tabling and said, “The information that we learn at in-person conferences is inspiring and thought-provoking. Whether it’s meeting people within the field at our table and during networking sessions, or learning about other programs’ techniques for staff development and retention, it is essential to participate in such programs.”