This concentration is designed to train professional psychotherapists who specialize in adventure-based intervention with clinical populations. Graduates possess competencies in both conventional psychotherapy and adventure therapy, including wilderness leadership (as desired), and are employable across a range of settings from the educational to the clinical. Students are required to pursue the appropriate state licensure for professional counseling or marriage and family therapy as an integral aspect of their whole study plan.
In keeping with the essence of the Master of Arts Program, this concentration is intended for the self-directed, adult learner who comes with some background in either mental health or outdoor education, and wishes to become proficient in the applied integration of the two fields. Areas of necessary self-directed coursework may (depending on state licensing requirements) include: human development, group dynamics, theories of counseling, counseling skills, multi-cultural foundations, professional ethics, helping relationships, career counseling, social and lifestyle issues, psychopharmacology, trauma and addiction, psychopathology, diagnosis and treatment planning, and research and evaluation.
Additional course content areas for this concentration include history and theory of adventure-based psychotherapy, therapeutic facilitation skills, risk management, in-depth theory study and wilderness as healing place.
Interwoven throughout the ongoing coursework is experiential development of outdoor activity skills (including the Wilderness First Responder first aid training), as well as a 700-hour (minimum) applied practicum in both adventure-based and conventional settings. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of this emerging area of study, most students should expect to spend a minimum of five terms (2 1/2 years, full-time) completing this degree concentration. The Prescott College transcript for the graduate with this specializatio
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