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About the Concentration in Therapeutic Wilderness and Adventure Programming

This concentration includes psychology courses to prepare you for a career in wilderness therapy, so you can make a difference in the lives of people with mental health and behavioral challenges. You’ll also take required courses in backpacking, ropes course leadership, and wilderness first responder and complete two outdoor education skills classes.

You’ll build additional skills to prepare for your career with a diverse range of elective courses to choose from, from wellness and alternative medicine and counseling theory to rock climbing instruction and kayak guiding.

Alumni Spotlight

Olivia Carter ’18 interned with True North Wilderness Program in Waitsfield, Vermont during her senior year, gaining direct experience in her concentration. This experience led to employment at True North when she graduated — as the first Northern Vermont University Outdoor Education major with a concentration in Therapeutic Wilderness and Adventure Programming! Olivia is now the lead teacher at Premier Northwest Kids Forest School in Camas, Washington, teaching an outdoor hands-on curriculum to pre-school through 5th grade students. In the long term, Olivia wants to open her own forest school, one that combines therapy, education, and working with animals. “I have come to believe that any time you spend in nature is therapeutic,” she said. Read her full alumni profile here.

At a Glance

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Students graduate with a bachelor of science degree in outdoor education, leadership, and tourism with a concentration in therapeutic wilderness and adventure programming.
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“Having my degree has helped me get jobs, but more importantly it developed me into a well-rounded and dynamic leader. I not only know how to tie the right knots, but I understand how to connect to different learning styles.”

– Trenton Gould ’18


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