Testimonials

I found the Clinical First Responder every bit as valuable as the Wilderness First Responder. There is one difference between the two courses however; the WFR course materials you hope to never use on a regular basis, but a CFR class you will use every time you go in the field with any group of people. I can’t say enough about getting the training.

Chad Thatcher, Ph.D.
Professor, Adventure Leadership

This program was a huge eye opening experience for a lot of reasons. I forget the powerfulness of simply being in the outdoors and the magic it has. As a therapist I only used the traditional therapy models and did not use what is all around me and my students. I learned more about myself as a person and as a therapist. I think the biggest benefit was the empathy that I gained for my students. The staff and the other therapists attending the WTC were awesome… As I returned, I have used many of the skills that I learned to help my students better understand necessary coping skills to be successful in life.  I am so glad that I attended the WTC and hope for a part II!

Todd Odell, MA, LPC

I have been using many of the activities which were demonstrated during the Wilderness as Co-Therapist training.  Since returning I have noticed an increased aptitude for finding interventions and initiatives right under my feet.  This new insight has helped me to be a more spontaneous and creative therapist.  The training helped me to be more confident in trying out-of-the-box interventions and therefore has allowed the students and families I work with to have a more unique wilderness experience.  I would recommend this training to anyone interested in increasing their awareness of and confidence in using wilderness as a therapeutic intervention.

Ken Murphy, MC, CPCI

Every moment of Wilderness as Co-Therapist was enlightening. Perhaps the best thing was that I was taught how to utilize wilderness as therapeutic tool only after experiencing the interventions myself. This not only increased my effectiveness in providing similar interventions to my clients but it also enhanced my own confidence and faith in the work we do…  As wilderness therapists we have a responsibility to strengthen our own relationships with the wilderness, to collaborate with other clinicians in our field and to learn how to clearly translate traditional psychotherapy into the outdoor settings we utilize. All of this was accomplished during out time together. I’d highly recommend this experience to any wilderness therapist.

Melissa Cacialli, MA, LPC

This training is an invaluable tool for anyone working in the adventure therapy industry…I know this training will help me feel more competent to do a job I love.  Both Scott and Sandy brought their expertise, experience and overall practice to the course and made us feel better equipped to head back to the field.

Jenny Taylor
Outback Therapeutic Expeditions / Staff Mentor

I am so excited to share information and ideas that I received from this training.  I am going to highly recommend that all of our Head Staff attend the CFR!

McKenzie Bauer

Very beneficial regardless of experience level in the field.  Information can be applied at any level and/or facility…Thank you for a renewed passion to teach others, increase my own knowledge and expertise, and
most importantly, elicit change in ‘unchangeable’ youth.

Stephen Royer

This training is so informational and will challenge you in a very professional way.  No matter how much previous training you have, you will gain self awareness and acquire tools to add to your tool belt: an awesome experience!

Archie Hamilton

Do it!  I learned so much about myself and my profession…The expertise exhibited by the trainers is enough to gain an abundant amount of confidence.  I’m very thankful for the opportunity and for the people who put such a useful training together.

Brendan Parker
Wingate Wilderness Therapy / Field Guide

The CFR is a great training to gain a deeper and wider understanding of how, when and why we do what we do in wilderness therapy.  It offers theory as well as practice to increase staff’s understanding of the therapeutic aspect of the program.  I would highly recommend it.

Roberto Lara
Evoke / Senior Field Instructor

The CFR training gave me a framework to apply the skills I already had, plus many new skills, in a more intentional and effective way.

Thor Jones
Trails Carolina / Field Supervisor

This training is helpful to anyone working with and caring for youth- especially in the outdoors. The theory and skills provided have made me feel more prepared and better equipped for the work I do.

Megan Miller
Crofton School, Vancouver BC / Outdoor Program Director

The scenarios, initiatives and discussions were most helpful.  The training provided easy to recall acronyms and phrases that make complex clinical topics more useable in the moment.  CFR has been an enormous help in adding depth, breadth and sophistication to my skills as a guide.  Reinvigorating!

Rachel Bisker
Trails Carolina / Field Director

One of the most practical and informative trainings I have ever attended.  The instructors delivered the content in a very expert and accessible manner.  I enjoyed the combination of the lecture style entwined with experiential initiatives and practice sessions (i.e., scenarios) that really helped solidify the knowledge learned- excellent program and facilitators.

Lisa Dixon, CADC
Wisdom Heart Recovery Services / Founder

​I believe this training​ ​should be necessary for anyone in a clinical  position.  The tools provided are extremely helpful and could be beneficial for anyone in and out  of ​the field.  I also think it should be necessary and mandatory to take this training as a wilderness  field guide.  Sandy and Scott have such an amazing wealth of knowledge to share.

Carlie Kraus
New Vision Wilderness / Field Guide

At first I was concerned that this training was going to be more geared to wilderness programs and not as helpful for residential programs. I was pleasantly surprised and benefited immensely from the training.  It served many purposes: insight with new and fresh ideas, abundance of tools to bring back for myself and my staff and it provided validation for so much of what I do- and who couldn’t use a little more of that in this work.  Thanks so much!

Gregg Andrick
Cascade Crest Transitions / Program Manager

The CFR was extremely valuable and directly applicable to our field and jobs. The instructors’ commitment to the participants’ competency and success was felt throughout the training.  Their inspiration motivates me to not only be a better guide and leader but a better human being.

Russ Shy
New Vision Wilderness / Assistant Field Director

What was taught is invaluable to our front-line staff. As a clinician, I learned several new approaches and ways to better communicate what I’m doing.  It was a fun learning environment that I definitely would want to attend again.  It hits the mark over and over…  I wish all of my colleagues were able to attend—they missed out!

John Raash, M.A.
Ravens Way / Clinical Director

This was the single best training that I have ever been to in my 15 year career! The content presented was directly applicable, balanced and well-supported, and the presentation itself was enjoyable, fluent and masterful. Not only would I recommend the CFR to any of my colleagues, I would require it.

Jen Ruben, JD
The Way Home / Founder/Director

Great information, great instructors and great program! I would certainly recommend the CFR to anyone working in a therapeutic setting of any kind.

Chad Thatcher, Ph.D.