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Continuing Education

Wilderness and Adventure Therapy Immersion

Date: August 14, 2017 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: Mitch Bacon, MA, LMFT

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

Mitch Bacon has been working therapeutically with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families for the past 11 years. Mitch spent years working as wilderness therapy guide in Idaho. In that time, he found that when people deepened their relationship with the natural world, an opportunity arose to be resilient and healed.

Mitch Bacon holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from The Colorado College, in Colorado Springs, Colo. Living in Colorado instilled a love for being in the mountains.

Mitch completed his Master of Arts in Marriage, Couples, & Family Therapy from Lewis & Clark College, in Portland, Oregon. Mitch is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Oregon and Washington. Mitch has created an urban ecopsychology practice in Portland, with a yurt for an office.