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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”.

    Episode 86: Sarah Stusek: Filmmaker, Author and Former Wilderness Therapy Student

    Episode 86: Sarah Stusek: Filmmaker, Author and Former Wilderness Therapy Student

    Sarah Stusek of Stusek Studios has worked in the film and television industry since childhood. When she was 17 years old she was brought to a wilderness program in Montana called Three Rivers. The transporter told her, "You should write a book about this" and now, 13 years later, she has finished the book and it will soon be a motion picture. Sarah shares the story of her challenging journey into the wilderness and how it changed her life. She shares her thoughts about the field, her book, and the film.

    • 32 min
    Episode 85: Bryce Bauer, Relationship Coach and Former Wilderness Therapy Student

    Episode 85: Bryce Bauer, Relationship Coach and Former Wilderness Therapy Student

    Bryce Bauer is a relationship coach in Utah. Bryce shares his story of mental health and substance abuse challenges as a teen and young adult which eventually led to a traumatic car accident. After a family intervention, he reluctantly enrolled in a wilderness therapy program. He shares how his journey into the field and the challenges of being a student that shifted the course of his life. Bryce would later work as a field guide in several wilderness programs. He is committed to service to others.

    • 40 min
    Episode 84: Judith Sadora, Therapist at Evoke Cascades

    Episode 84: Judith Sadora, Therapist at Evoke Cascades

    Judith Sadora, Therapist at Evoke Cascades. Judith shares her story of being the first black woman therapist in a program that is part of the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Council, and perhaps, the first-ever black woman therapist in wilderness therapy. She shares her challenges in the field and how she connected with allies who encouraged her along the way. Judith also educates the listener on how racism should be seen through a mental health lens and how she works with teens of color in wilderness.

    • 59 min
    Episode 83: Wilderness Therapy and the Five Pandemics

    Episode 83: Wilderness Therapy and the Five Pandemics

    This episode will delve into the history of wilderness therapy and how the field responded to five pandemics (crisis) during its long evolution. Will White will share the story of how different national and global calamities were catalysts for the evolution of wilderness therapy including a viral pandemic in 1901, global strife in 1941, civil rights movement in 1968, the great recession of 2008 and how wilderness therapy is best suited to address the mental health crisis of 2020.

    • 39 min
    Episode 82: Alex White, Adventure Therapy Outpatient Clinician

    Episode 82: Alex White, Adventure Therapy Outpatient Clinician

    Alex White is an adventure therapy outpatient clinician. His journey into the field began as a child as his parents were mental health professionals.  In college, he led outdoor orientation trips for incoming students and fell in love with the work. He went onto be a field guide at Red Top Meadows a state-funded wilderness therapy program in Wyoming. He shares his journey from field staff to clinician to outpatient adventure therapist. He shares why he believes that the future of the field is outpatient.

    • 48 min
    Episode 81: Katie Asmus, Founder of the Somatic Wilderness Therapy Institute

    Episode 81: Katie Asmus, Founder of the Somatic Wilderness Therapy Institute

    Katie Asmus is the founder of the Somatic Wilderness Therapy Institute in Colorado. Katie shares her journey into the field which began when she learned about outdoor education and committed to pursuing a path of growth. Katie is an inspiring therapist, coach, guide, teacher, mentor, and workshop facilitator. Her story includes being Assitant Director of Naropa University's wilderness therapy degree program and a field guide at Outward Bound. Her passion is for people and growth through wilderness therapy.

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

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29 Ratings

29 Ratings

Thom Pollard ,

You've come to the source

Will White's podcast represents the ultimate in one-stop shopping for insight into the expanding world of wilderness therapy. Not only has he paid his dues in the trenches for decades working in all aspects of the industry, he's mined for gold from everyone and anyone that has helped blaze new trails to make wilderness therapy more mainstream. Further, he's literally written the book on it. But, most importantly, Will White realizes that the industry has and must change in order to adapt to the ever evolving needs of the youth and people it serves. In his podcast he uses insight and curiosity to reveal the nuggets of wisdom in the field through enlightening interviews and insightful analysis. Look no further: this is the source.

J. Lilley ,

Grateful for this podcast!

It’s a joy to hear the stories and journeys of those interviewed. For anyone questioning the impact of or stereotyping wilderness therapy, these podcasts will expose how beneficial this type of treatment can be. Will is an amazing storyteller and I thoroughly enjoy listening to each episode!

TheWildnFearlessKremlin ,

Great podcast with valuable info but!

It is an incredibly inspiring podcast with great info and guests however it makes it a bit hard to listen to as the host seems to interrupt or talk over the guests often. Will continue tuning in though. Thank you.

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