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Continuing Education

Wilderness and Adventure Therapy Immersion

Date: August 14 Location: Course meets both on and off campus

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Course meets both on and off campus

This course provides an opportunity to explore ecopsychology concepts and practices in the context of a multi-day outdoor experience. Topics include backcountry safety, outdoor leadership, wilderness philosophy and conservation, benefits of immersion in natural settings and retreats from modern technologies, multicultural rites of passage, and techniques for mental health and substance abuse treatment.

The course features a residential format with activities such as tent camping, day or overnight hiking, mindfulness and team building exercises, rock climbing, and river rafting. Outdoor experience is not required, and all equipment will be provided. 

Introductory readings and suggested packing list will be provided in advance of the course.

Prerequisite: CPSY 501 or instructor permission. Contact if you would like to register for this course but have not taken the prerequisite.

Course Details & Registration

Dates: Monday-Friday, August 14-18, 2017

Instructor: Thomas Doherty, PsyD

Course fee: $400 for food, equipment and logistical support

Continuing education credit: CECP 896-03, 2 semester hours, $700 plus $400 course fee

Continuing education credit registration (PDF)

  • *Please note: Completed registration forms containing social security numbers and/or credit card information should not be submitted via email. If you choose to pay by credit card, please mail or fax your registration to the Center for Community Engagement, using the contact information on the right-hand side of this webpage.

Noncredit: $500 plus $400 course fee. Includes 30 CEUs or PDUs. Requires instructor permission. Please contact if you would like to register for this course for noncredit.

About the Instructor

Thomas J. Doherty, PsyD is a psychologist who helps individuals and organizations to foster awareness of environmental beliefs and identity, the benefits of outdoor experiences and adventure, and the effective design of conservation programs. Thomasfounded the Ecopsychology Certificate program at the Lewis & Clark Graduate School and is a Past President of the Society for Environmental, Population and Conservation Psychology anda fellow of the American Psychological Association. He has published articles and chapters on the value of the outdoors for public health and the empirical basis of ecotherapy and helped author the American Psychological Association Climate Change Task Force Report. Thomas has provided workshops and trainings for groups such as the US Park Service, the New Zealand Department of Conservation, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and the Oregon Department of Corrections. Thomas is a passionate advocate for access to quality outdoor and wilderness experiences for diverse groups. He draws on early career lessons learned as a professional wilderness therapy expedition leader and whitewater rafting guide.

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