Scott began his career as a wilderness treatment program
field staff where he became interested in integrating family
interventions into wilderness therapy. This served as a catalyst
for his dissertation research where he developed a wilderness
family therapy program in 1990. In the years to follow, Dr.
Bandoroff has become recognized as an authority on adventure
family therapy through his publications, presentations and
training in the U.S. and abroad. He spent many years working
in juvenile justice and developed and directed a wilderness
program for severely delinquent youth. Subsequently, Scott
returned to the private sector where he served as Clinical
Director for one of the nation's leading wilderness treatment
Scott Bandoroff is a psychologist with over 20 years
of experience in the use of adventure therapy for the
treatment of teens and families. In addition to his
clinical work, he has served as an internship training
director, clinical supervisor, consultant and trainer.
Dr. Bandoroff currently provides consultation and training
to schools, mental health agencies, juvenile justice departments,
residential treatment centers, and wilderness treatment programs.
In addition, he maintains a small private therapy practice
where he continues to treat challenging teens and their families.
Scott also offers Family Adventures for families interested
in an intensive wilderness therapy experience. He has served as an adjunct
professor at Oregon State University and adjunct
faculty at Prescott College and Naropa University.
Dr. Bandoroff has been especially interested in training
to raise the standards in the adventure therapy field and
gaining recognition from the broader mental health community.
To this end, Dr. Bandoroff co-edited, along with Dr. Sandy Newes: Coming of Age:
The Evolving Field of Adventure Therapy (AEE, 2004).
Scott is a long time member of the Association for Experiential
Education and was recently honored with their Servant Leader
Bandoroff is one of the few clinical psychologists in the
U. S. who has focused on outdoor experiential therapies
from his dissertation through his professional career.
His knowledge of the practical and intellectual aspects
therapy” is not exceeded by any psychologist I have met in
this field during the last 15 years. Myself and my organization
have personally benefited from his work.
L. Jay Mitchell, JD, Founder of The SUWS Adolescent Program and the Alldredge