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Continuing Education

Wilderness and Adventure Therapy Intensive

Date: August 19 9:00am - August 23 5:00pm Location: Lockaby Campground, Mt Hood National Forest

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    Thomas Doherty, Psy.D.

Lockaby Campground, Mt Hood National Forest

This course explores the application of mental health and substance abuse treatment in outdoor settings and discusses therapeutic uses of outdoor challenge activities for recreation, personal growth and reflection, and to enhance counseling and psychotherapy. We will examine research on the benefits of green spaces and outdoor experiences on stress reduction, restoration of attention, enhanced self concept, cognitive development, treatment of emotional and substance abuse disorders, and promotion of personal meaning.

Key areas of focus will be on cultural and socio-economic diversity in terms of attitudes toward and access to wilderness-like settings or outdoor adventure, and on practices of of outdoor safety, low impact camping, and group facilitation. The course meets one day on campus and four days of overnight camping in a local state park. Experience with wilderness or adventure therapy is not required though some comfort with tent camping and hiking is encouraged. All equipment is provided.

Course Details & Registration

Dates: Monday-Friday, August 19-23, 2013

Times: This course is facilitated as a week long (4 night) camping experience. The course begins on the Lewis & Clark Graduate campus on Monday morning 8/19/13 at 9 a.m..  The class will then travel to a state park for four days of camping, lectures and outdoor activities. The group will return to campus on Friday August 23 and the course concludes at 5 p.m. on August 23.

Instructor: Thomas Joseph Doherty, Psy.D. 

Location: This course is facilitated as a four night camping experience. The course begins on the Lewis & Clark graduate campus on Monday, August 19 at 9 a.m. The class will then travel to a state park for four days of camping, lectures and outdoor activities. The group will return to campus on Friday, August 23 and the course concludes at 5 p.m.

Prerequisite: CPSY 528

Degree-applicable credit: CPSY 596, 2 semester hours, $1,608

  • If you are a current Lewis & Clark graduate student, please register through WebAdvisor. Non-Lewis & Clark students seeking degree-applicable credit, please complete the Special Student Registration form (PDF)

Continuing education credit: CECP 896, 2 semester hours, $700

Register for continuing education credit (PDF)

Course Fee: $350, covers food, equipment and logistical support

About the Instructor

Thomas Doherty, Psy.D. developed the Ecopsychology in Counseling Certificate at the Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling and is Editor-in-Chief of the Ecopsychology journal. A licensed psychologist, Thomas also spent a number of years working with young people in the outdoors as a wilderness therapy expedition leader and a professional whitewater rafting guide. Thomas is an expert on the mental health benefits of green spaces and can communicate this information in a clear and accessible way to a variety of audiences.

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