Clinical First Responder™ TRAINING CURRICULUM
The Clinical First Responder™ training consists of two 4-day
training modules. The training covers a variety of psychological,
emotional, and behavioral issues and teaches the skills necessary
to effectively respond to them. The CFR is a hands-on training
experience with exercises and scenarios used to provide opportunities
for immediate application of the skills being learned. This
training format ensures that participants integrate the newly
acquired knowledge and skills into their work .
The CFR training was designed by wilderness
treatment field staff (turned Psychologists) for field
staff and was piloted at Naropa University and revamped based
on feedback from field staff participants representing wilderness
treatment programs throughout the country.
The CFR training includes:
Therapy/Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare
and Adventure Therapy as a method of treatment and an industry.
does the research tell us about wilderness therapy?
development: what is the norm?
assessment: What is a diagnosis and how is it made? Overview
of DSM IV and multi-axis diagnosis.
of most common adolescent diagnoses e.g., ADHD, Bipolar,
Depression, Substance Abuse, etc.
practice and guidelines regarding: roles, boundaries,
self disclosure, and more.
staff's role in assessment, treatment planning, and ongoing
the change process and increasing motivation for change.
signs and symptoms of trauma and how to respond effectively.
disclosure and issues related to the reporting of abuse.
what are the signs and how to respond.
counseling and de-escalation techniques
and detoxification issues.
for developing a therapeutic alliance.
the goals of misbehavior and responding effectively.
cognitive distortions and how to intervene.
tools for anger management.
to group dynamics and group development.
activities for facilitating group development.
issues and sensitivities.
of the family in adolescent mental health.
with the family in wilderness therapy programs.
with clinical staff and how to implement back-up support
for mental health issue.
in the field: what can we learn?
- Instructor judgement as a risk management tool.
to stay physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy
in the demanding role of wilderness field staff
Training Modules >>>