Transformational Changes in Adventure Therapy:
Now is the Time!

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Presented by: Mike Gass, PhD

Length of Webinar: 1 hour

CEUs / CECs Available

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Webinar Description:

The practice and profession of adventure therapy has undergone radical changes in the past five years. This workshop will present changes in risk management, accreditation, research, public policy, and return on investment that have contributed to how we offer adventure therapy as a professional practice as well as how we are received and integrated by more established behavioral healthcare systems. This will include radical perception changes around risk management, the increase of higher quality research, the evolution of advancing program review processes, and the use of routine outcome monitoring to enhance client treatment. This webinar will increase your ability as an adventure therapist to answer the questions “Is it safe?”, “Does it work?”, “How can I tell a good program from a bad program?” And “is it worth the money?"

Presenter Bio:

Michael Gass is a Professor in the College of Health and Human Services at the University of New Hampshire where he is the Director of the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Center. He received his Ph.D. in Experiential Education from the University of Colorado at Boulder and completed postdoctoral studies in marriage and family therapy. He is one of the creators of the Browne Center, a program development and research center on adventure learning that serves over 10,000 clients a year with educational, therapeutic, and corporate clients. He created and directed the Project Impact and Family Expedition programs, two federally funded research projects that explored working with youth suffering from behavioral disturbances. Some of his past international professorships have been in Taiwan, China, Australia, and Germany. He was the inaugural Chair of the AEE Accreditation Council for its first 10 years of existence as well as President of the Board of Directors of AEE in 1990.

Mike currently directs two critical research initiatives in the field of behavioral healthcare–one as Director of the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Research Center ( and another as Director of the NATSAP research database. He has made over 300 professional presentations and written over 150 professional publications. His book, Effective Programming in Adventure Programming written with Dr. Simon Priest, is the largest selling textbook in the adventure programming field. His latest book, written with Dr. Lee Gillis and Dr. Keith Russell, Adventure therapy: Theory, research, and practice, (2012) is published by Routledge Press. Mike’s current research projects include joining efforts with Play for Peace (Guatemala), the Santa Fe Mountain Center (New Mexico), and OBH programs.