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Manchester Public Health Department: Large Conference Room

1528 Elm Street

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Network4Health is pleased to invite you to join us for a presentation and discussion of Outdoor Behavioral Health: Research and Practice with Dr. Michael Gass from the University of New Hampshire’s Outdoor Behavioral Health Center.

Friday December 13, 2019

9:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Manchester Public Health Department: Large Conference Room

1528 Elm Street, Manchester, NH 03101

Agenda:

9:00 – 9:20 Welcome and Introductions

Michael Ferrara, PhD, Dean, College of Health and Human Services, University of New Hampshire

Geoff Vercauteren, Director of Workforce Development, Network4Health

9:20 – 10:15 Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare: What is it? Is it safe? Does it work? Is it worth the money? How do I tell a good program from a bad program?

Michael Gass, PhD, LMFT, Professor and Director of the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Research Center (obhcenter.org) at the University of New Hampshire.

10:15 – 11:05 Wilderness Therapy Practices and Programming

Four wilderness therapy programs will share an overview of their current practices and programming.

  • Summit Achievement (Stow, Maine) is a licensed and accredited residential treatment center combining the best features of a wilderness program and special-needs boarding school by integrating a residential milieu and traditional academic instruction with outdoor adventure-based therapy.
  • True North has been helping families for nearly 15 years using sophisticated clinical methods are combined with an emphasis on experiential learning and community building. Clinicians utilize a strength-based methodology, drawing from various therapeutic modalities.
  • Confluence is a clinically intensive mental health treatment program serving young adults with emotional, substance use, and relational challenges. The program combines wilderness adventure therapy with a residential experience, farming, and comprehensive health and wellness services.
  • Legacy Outdoor Adventures for Men and Juniper Canyon Recovery Center for Women are treatment center programs for adults 18-35. Guiding principles include seeing recovery as a way of being, taking a strength-based approach to treatment, fostering individual agency, modeling honorable adulthood and acknowledging the importance of the family.

11:05 – 11:20 NETWORKING BREAK

11:20 – 12:00 Panel Discussion: Clients’ perspectives of Wilderness Therapy

Past clients and parents from wilderness therapy programs will share their perspectives of wilderness programs.

12:00 – 12:30 Future possibilities and themes

  • Adventure therapy and adjudicated youth
  • Insurance coverage and Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare
  • Training for adventure and wilderness therapy
  • Community based adventure therapy programs
  • Scholarship opportunities

Keynote Speaker

Michael Gass, PhD, LMFT, is a Professor and the Director of the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Research Center (obhcenter.org) at the University of New Hampshire.

Dr. Gass received his PhD in educational research from the University of Colorado/Boulder and his postdoctoral work in clinical marriage and family therapy. With Drs. Gillis and Russell, he has published the leading textbook in the field (Adventure Therapy published by Routledge Press). Dr. Gass 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. Some of his current research projects include: Risk management statistics of adventure therapy programs, adventure competencies for therapists, enhancement of NATSAP Practice Research Network database, researching adventure therapy programs with vulnerable populations, cost benefit analyses of outdoor behavioral healthcare programs, supporting emerging scholars/researchers in adventure therapy, and publishing and presenting in traditional mental health/psychology venues (e.g., APA). He is a licensed marriage and family therapist.

Outdoor Behavioral Health Center at the University of New Hampshire: https://www.obhcenter.org/

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Manchester, NH 03101

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