If you already hold a graduate degree in a field of mental health and would like to pursue additional training in adventure-based psychotherapy you can earn a post-masters certificate through this online program.
The Prescott College Adventure-Based Psychotherapy certificate is designed for self-directed learners with some background in either mental health or outdoor/ experiential education who wish to specialize in adventure-based intervention. The 15-credit hour certificate is in addition to the 60-credit hours required for the master of science.
This is one of very few academic programs in the United States that incorporates the experience of the wilderness in modalities designed to heal clients and facilitate their personal exploration. Graduates possess competency in both conventional psychotherapy and adventure therapy, including wilderness leadership (if desired), and are employable in a range of settings, from educational to clinical.
A 96-hour applied practicum encompassing both clinical (traditional) and outdoor settings interweaves throughout the ongoing coursework. The practicum focus on experiential development of outdoor activity skills and includes Wilderness First Responder first aid training for students who are not already certified.
In order to meet graduation requirements, Adventure-Based Psychotherapy students must demonstrate minimal competencies in backcountry travel/living, and at least one area of skill concentration – for example, rock-climbing, paddling, challenge course, skiing – as well as Wilderness First Responder (WFR) training in first aid.
Four required Intensives are an important element of the concentration in Adventure-Based Psychotherapy.
- A Backcountry Intensive provides field experience in backpacking integrating foundational Adventure-based Counseling theory.
- An Urban Intensive emphasizes Adventure-based Counseling treatment applications in an urban setting.
- A Nature Intensive focuses on Adventure-based Counseling treatment applications in a natural setting.
- A Special Issue Intensive. Students may substitute relevant external education with prior approval
In all intensives, special treatment issues, population, and setting will be selected for focus based on current research and field trends.
Students who have already attained a master's degree in a field of mental health practice may apply to join the program and work toward a certificate in Adventure Based Psychotherapy. This requires completion of five 3-credit courses, and successful participation in four intensives workshop. Please refer to the Gainful Employment Disclosure
The online counseling certificate program is designed for self-directed learners with some background in either mental health or outdoor/experiential education who wish to specialize in adventure-based intervention. Upon completion you will have competencies in both conventional psychotherapy and adventure therapy, including wilderness leadership (as desired), and you will be able to pursue a career in a range of settings, from educational to clinical.
Please refer to the Gainful Employment Disclosure