Stories from the Field: Demystifying Wilderness Therapy
By Will White
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Stories from the field is dedicated to demystifying wilderness therapy and is hosted by Dr. Will White. In this podcast Will interviews various wilderness therapy researchers, program founders, writers, executive directors, guide staff, clinicians, critics and more. He educates the listener to the long history of the field and different trends related to this evolving treatment option. Will has worked in the wilderness therapy field for over 30 years and co-founded Summit Achievement (a wilderness therapy program) located in Maine in the 1990's. He wrote the book, "Stories from the Field: A History of Wilderness Therapy" and his doctoral dissertation traced the history of the field and is titled, “Stories from the Elders: Chronicles and Narratives from the Early Years of Wilderness Therapy”.
||CleanEpisode 25: Mark Synnott, author of "The Impossible Climb"||Mark Synnott is an amazing athlete, writer and father of four. His newest book,"The Impossible Climb: Alex Honnold, El Capitan and The Climbing Life" has just been published and is a must read for those interested in adventure and an outdoor...||3/5/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 24: Reid Treadaway,Co-Founder and Admissions Director of Bluefire Wilderness Therapy||Reid Treadaway, Co-founder and Admissions Director of BlueFire Wilderness Therapy, started working in the wilderness therapy field in 1996 at the Ascent Program, in Idaho, as a field guide. After several years he moved onto being a admissions...||2/26/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 23: Jesse Quam, Educational Consultant and Clinical Social Worker||Jesse Quam, educational consultant and clinical social worker, started working in the wilderness therapy field after landing a job at Aspen Achievement Academy as a field instructor in 1996. Jesse shares stories about his upbringing in...||2/25/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 22: Dr. Mike Gass, Director of the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Center and Professor in Outdoor Education at University of New Hampshire||Dr. Mike Gass is a Professor in the Outdoor Education Program in the Department of Kinesiology at University of New Hampshire as well as the Director of the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Center. Mike shares his journey of being recruited to play...||2/17/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 21: Misty Blakesley, Program Manager at The Mountain Center (previously known as the Santa Fe Mountain Center)||Misty Blakesley is a Program Manager at The Mountain Center (previously called the Santa Fe Mountain Center) a non-profit community based educational and therapeutic organization that, since 1979, has been dedicated to promoting personal discovery and..||2/12/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 20: Rick Heizer and Dr. Matt Hoag, Co-owners of Evoke Therapy Programs||Will talks with Rick Heizer and Dr. Matt Hoag, Co-Owners and Co-Founders of Evoke Therapy Programs. Rick is the Executive Director at Evoke Therapy Programs while Matt is the Clinical Director of and Therapist at Evoke Entrada. These long time...||1/31/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 19: Derek Daley and Gil Hallows: Co-founders of Legacy Outdoor Adventures||Will interviews Gil Hallows and Derek Daley who co-founded Legacy Outdoor Adventures after working many years in the wilderness therapy field. Gil had been executive director of Aspen Achievement Academy from 1996 until it closed in 2011. ...||1/29/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 18: Lynette Spencer, Executive Director of Adventure Works, and Ryan Bromberek, Program Director of Adventure Works||Will interviews Lynette Spencer and Ryan Bromberek from Adventure Works, a non-profit, community based, accredited outdoor behavioral healthcare program located in DeKalb, Illinois. Lynette and Ryan share their journeys into the field and why...||1/25/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 17: Lynn Smith, Co-founder of Elements Wilderness Program||Will talks with Lynn Smith, Co-Founder and Director of Family Services of Elements Wilderness Program. Lynn shares his journey from growing up in California to joining Aspen Achievement Academy in 1994 to co-founding Elements Wilderness in...||1/24/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 16: Rochelle Bochner and Lani Dorff, Co-founders of Sky's the Limit Fund||Will talks with Rochelle Bochner and Lani Dorff, Co-founders of Sky's the Limit Fund. Skys the Limit Fund is a non-profit that provides grants and support to young people and their families in attend wilderness therapy programs. Rochelle...||12/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 15: Greta Lutman, Family Services Specialist of Greenbrier Academy||Will visits with Greta Lutman, Family Services Director at Greenbrier Academy. Greenbrier Academy is an emotional growth boarding school for girls. Greta has been a clinician and clinical director in many wilderness programs in the...||12/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 14: Leah Madamba, Director of Vive Family Services||Will visits with Leah Madamba, Director of Vive Family Services, a family support program that operates throughout the country. Leah elaborates on her long history in wilderness therapy in a variety of positions including clinician, guide and...||12/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 13: Krissy Pozatek, author of the book, "The Parallel Process"||Will interviews Krissy Pozatek, author of the book “The Parallel Process," about her journey from growing up in New England to working as a field guide at Aspen Achievement Academy in Utah. Krissy recounts going back to school and getting her...||12/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 12: Nichol Ernst, Executive Director and Co-Owner of Summit Achievement||Will talks with Nichol Ernst, Executive Director and Co-Owner of Summit Achievement, a hybrid wilderness therapy program in Maine. Nichol shares his unique journey into wilderness therapy including his time as a concert pianist, world class sailor and..||12/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11: Dr. Anita Tucker, Professor of Social Work at University of New Hampshire and Associate Director of the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Center||Will interviews Dr. Anita Tucker, Professor of Social Work at University of New Hampshire (UNH), Associate Director, Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Center at UNH. Co-Coordinator, Dual Masters Program in Social Work and Outdoor Education. Dr....||11/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10: Shayne Gallagher, Founder and Executive Director Wingate Wilderness Therapy||Will talks with Shayne Gallagher, Founder and Executive Director of Wingate Wilderness Therapy. Shayne shares how his high school years greatly influenced his direction into wilderness therapy. Shayne has been active in the field for...||11/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9: Nathan Olsen, CEO of Bestnotes||Will talks with Nathan Olsen, CEO of BestNotes, an electronic health records company that is used by many wilderness therapy programs. Nathan shares is unique childhood experiences from being raised by Larry Olsen who is considered the founder...||11/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8: Tracy Hopkins, Founder of Dare to Rise and Director of Business Development for Outback Wilderness Therapy||Will has a conversation with Tracy Hopkins Founder of Dare to Rise Consulting as well as Director of Business Development of Outback Treatment. Tracy shares her passion for wilderness and her mission to empower others.||11/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7: Drew Hornbeck, Co-founder of New Visions Wilderness||In this episode Will interviews Drew Hornbeck who shares his journey into the wilderness therapy field and how he ended up co-founding New Visions Wilderness.||11/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6: Gary Ferguson and Mary Clare||Will interviews Gary Ferguson and Mary Clare, Gary is the author of many books including “Shouting at the Sky: Troubled Teens and the Promise of the Wild” and Mary Clare is founder of Clare Consultation. They were the keynote speakers at the...||11/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: Rob Meltzer, educational consultant and founder of the wilderness therapy symposium||In this interview Will talks with Rob Meltzer, educational consultant and founder of the wilderness therapy symposium. Rob talks about his journey into the field and how the Wilderness Therapy Symposium began.||10/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: Jenney Wilder, Founder of All Kinds of Therapy||In this interview Will dialogues with Jenney Wilder who founded the website, https://www.allkindsoftherapy.com/, which is helps parents and young people navigate the difficult task of finding treatment options including wilderness therapy...||10/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: Dr. Lee Gillis, Professor at Georgia College||In this episode Will interviews Lee Gillis leading researcher in the field of Wilderness and Adventure Therapy just after he was awarded the 2018 Eagle Award by the Outdoor Behavioral Research Council for his contributions to wilderness therapy. ...||10/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: Andrew Taylor, Founder of Pure Life Aspiro||In this interview Will White interview Andrew Taylor, Founder of Pure Life Aspiro a wilderness adventure program in Costa Rica. Andrew is also host of the podcast, "In the Trenches."||10/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1: Introduction to Stories from the Field Podcast||In this episode Dr. Will White does a brief synopsis of his background and what motivated him to create the podcast, Stories from the Field.||10/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Amazing! Great information
Hopefully one day soon the programs will be more affordable for the average working families. After a grant we are still looking at 25K! Just not realistic for us.
I married into the field of Wilderness Therapy and this podcast has helped illuminate the depth and breadth of such an interesting field.
Great to hear all this history gathered in one place. Thanks Dr White!