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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”.

Stories from the Field: Demystifying Wilderness Therapy 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”.

    Matt Nannis, Founder and Executive Director of PIVOTpoint

    Matt Nannis, Founder and Executive Director of PIVOTpoint

    Matt Nannis is the Founder and Executive Director of PIVOTpoint. PIVOTpoint is a non-profit organization that provides outpatient "Therapeutic Adventure Work" through various outdoor programs in and around the Asheville, North Carolina area. Matt shares his journey into the field and how he experienced the power of therapeutic wilderness experiences while going through a healing process for himself. Matt describes what inspired him to start Pivotpoint, why it is a non-profit organization, and the different programs that Pivotpoint provides for its participants.
     
     Allkindsoftherapy.com is sponsoring Season 13 of the podcast and will focus on experts who help families navigate treatment options. You can find Pivotpoint on the All Kinds of Therapy Website.
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    • 59 min
    Beth Laughlin, Director of 360 Transition Services

    Beth Laughlin, Director of 360 Transition Services

    Beth Laughlin is the Program Director and owner of 360 Transition Services which "helps adolescents and young adults successfully transition from treatment to home, college, or independence." Beth shares her journey into the field, the history of 360 transitions, and the benefits of coaching for parents and young people. Beth reveals how young people often prefer " therapy incognito," how parents should look at regression after discharge from wilderness treatment, and how the field has changed over the last five years.  Beth reveals the many insights she has gained from coaching families for over a decade.
     
     Allkindsoftherapy.com is sponsoring Season 13 which focuses on experts who help families navigate treatment options. You can find 360 Transitions in the Expert Section of  All Kinds of Therapy Website.
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    • 41 min
    Psychological Testing and Wilderness Therapy

    Psychological Testing and Wilderness Therapy

    Dr. Todd Corelli (Drtoddtalks.com) is a clinical psychologist who has been providing psychological testing for young people in wilderness therapy programs for over 20 years. Todd discusses the benefits of delivering testing in wilderness settings, some of the major issues he sees, and how testing results have changed in the last decade. Todd shares how the pandemic and isolation have taken a toll on young people and what helps to get them through it. He reveals an upcoming book and video series about connection and parenting. Todd also discusses what every person in wilderness therapy should know about psychological testing. 
    Allkindsoftherapy.com is sponsoring Season 13 of the podcast and will focus on experts who help families navigate treatment options. You can find Dr. Todd Correlli on the expert section All Kinds of Therapy Website.
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    • 50 min
    Mark Adamski, Founder of Wilderness Reboot

    Mark Adamski, Founder of Wilderness Reboot

    Mark Adamski is the founder of Wilderness Reboot, a new "alumni network for students after leaving wilderness therapy." Mark shares his journey into the field, from learning about outdoor leadership in high school to working as an outdoor guide in Norway to transitioning to being a wilderness therapy field guide at Pacific Quest in Hawaii and then working at Pure Life in Costa Rica. When the pandemic began, Mark left wilderness therapy to pursue a graduate school education and started a coaching service. Mark discusses how Wilderness Reboot helps alumni of wilderness therapy programs through its various services.
     Allkindsoftherapy.com is sponsoring Season 13 of the podcast and will focus on experts who help families navigate treatment options. You can find Mark Adamski Coaching on the expert section of  All Kinds of Therapy .com.
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    • 44 min
    Shayna Abraham, Founder of Prepare to Bloom and Co-founder of Therapeutic Consulting Association

    Shayna Abraham, Founder of Prepare to Bloom and Co-founder of Therapeutic Consulting Association

    In this episode, we talk with Shayna Abraham, the founder of Prepare to Bloom, a therapeutic consulting practice, and the Therapeutic Consultant Association (TCA) co-founder. Shayna shares the origin story of TCA, how a Therapeutic Consultant can help parents and each other grow, and how TCA is evolving. Shayna shares her wisdom of almost 20 years in the field, how therapeutic programs are needed now more than ever, and what she would say to a room full of wilderness therapy practitioners. AllKindsoftherapy.com is sponsoring Season 13 of the podcast and will focus on experts who help families navigate treatment options. You can find Prepare to Bloom in the expert's section of the All Kinds of Therapy Website.
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    All Kinds of Therapy Newsletters

    • 42 min
    What is Coaching, and how does Wonder help families?

    What is Coaching, and how does Wonder help families?

    Dave Herz is the founder of Wonder: A Confident Living Company, which "supports families through coaching and therapy in real-life settings." Dave shares a brief history of Wonder, how the organization began and evolved over twenty years and how he met co-founder Willow Rubin. Dave discusses the differences between coaching and therapy and how coaching can help young people and their parents before, during, or after attending a wilderness therapy program. Dave also explores the changes he has seen in the field over his 23 plus years of coaching and where he thinks the field is going.  All Kinds of Therapy is sponsoring Season 13 of the podcast and will focus on experts who help families navigate treatment options. You can find Wonder on the All Kinds of Therapy Website in the expert's section.
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    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
71 Ratings

71 Ratings

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Will White the 2020 Eagle Award Recipient!

Congratulations to @Will White the 2020 OBH Council Eagle Award recipient. A lifetime achievement award for contributions to the Outdoor Behavior Healthcare Field (Wilderness Therapy). I’d like to shine a light on just a couple of these accomplishments:

1)Founder @Summit Achievement one of the first and longest running members of the OBH council. This is no small feat.

2) Author of Stories from The field. This book provides the most complete history of wilderness therapy to date. It helps us to understand where the field should go because we now better understand where we have been.

3) Stories from the field podcast. Dedicated to #demystifyingwildernesstherapy 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.

When I joined the OBH council 10 years ago Will was one of the most impassioned voices at that table. His leadership respected, his voice thoughtful and kind. I have since traveled, presented, and collaborated with Will, and his passion has never wavered. Thank you Will White for being an inspiration to me and so many others, and thank you for the years of dedication to demystifying #wildernesstherapy!

And I look forward to more #rxoffthecouch

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Lacking context and perspective

This podcast promotes the people who profit off these programs. It is biased and lacks context and diverse opinions

mjinvt ,

Thoughtful, insightful, and a good listen

It is a privilege to have known Will White for many years, and to consider him a mentor and teacher in the field of behavioral health. I so appreciate his willingness to embrace all stories, from different perspectives, and to actively seek out a variety of voices to share in this podcast. It is telling that he interviewed Kenneth Rosen, author of “Troubled,” in such a thoughtful and receptive way as Rosen’s book paints a less flattering picture of behavioral healthcare programs. Truly worth your time to listen to these amazing stories!! Thank you, Will!

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