- Association for Experiential Education. A nonprofit, professional association whose members include public educators, youth programmers, mental health and addictions counselors, wilderness and adventure companies and therapists, and others.
Graduate training in wilderness therapy and related areas:
- Naropa University, Boulder, Colo.: Master's degrees in wilderness therapy and ecopsychology.
- Prescott College, Prescott, Ariz.: Distance-learning master's degree in adventure therapy.
- University of Michigan at Ann Arbor: Certificate program in adventure therapy, through the social work program.
- University of New Hampshire, Durham, N.H.: Dual degree in social work and outdoor education.
- National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs. An advocacy and resource center for innovative organizations that devote themselves to helping struggling young people and their families. Mainly geared to private-pay organizations.
- Outward Bound for Veterans. Offers fully funded wilderness courses for returning service members and recent veterans to help them readjust to life at home.
- Peak Experience. Psychologist Scott Bandoroff, PhD, offers consulting to organizations that want to incorporate wilderness family therapy into their programs and more.
- Summer internships with wilderness therapy programs. Bandoroff says these positions are plentiful in summer months and offer a great chance to get outdoor experience and a taste of the field.
— Tori DeAngelis
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