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Adventure-based Psychotherapy

Adventure-based Psychotherapy

The Prescott College Adventure-Based Psychotherapy concentration is designed for self-directed learners with some background in either mental health or outdoor/ experiential education who wish to specialize in adventure-based intervention. The 15-credit hour concentration is in addition to the 60-credit hours required for the master of science.

This is one of very few academic programs in the United States that incorporates the experience of the wilderness in modalities designed to heal clients and facilitate their personal exploration. Graduates possess competency in both conventional psychotherapy and adventure therapy, including wilderness leadership (if desired), and are employable in a range of settings, from educational to clinical.

A 700-hour (minimum) applied practicum encompassing both clinical (traditional) and outdoor settings interweaves throughout the ongoing coursework. The practicum focus on experiential development of outdoor activity skills and includes Wilderness First Responder first aid training for students who are not already certified.

In order to meet graduation requirements, Adventure-Based Psychotherapy students must demonstrate minimal competencies in backcountry travel/living, and at least one area of skill concentration – for example, rock-climbing, paddling, challenge course, skiing – as well as Wilderness First Responder (WFR) training in first aid.

Four required Intensives are an important element of the concentration in Adventure-Based Psychotherapy. 

  • A Backcountry Intensive provides field experience in backpacking integrating foundational Adventure-based Counseling theory.
  • An Urban Intensive emphasizes Adventure-based Counseling treatment applications in an urban setting.
  • A Nature Intensive focuses on Adventure-based Counseling treatment applications in a natural setting.
  • A Special Issue Intensive. Students may substitute relevant external education with prior approval

In all intensives, special treatment issues, population, and setting will be selected for focus based on current research and field trends.

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Life & Career Outcomes

Life & Career Outcomes
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Counseling Psychologist
  • Wilderness Therapist

Academic Resources

Academic Resources

Prescott College Library

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The Prescott College Library supports the curriculum with a variety of print and electronic resources. Our library catalog  reflects not only our collection but that of more than 30 other libraries in Yavapai county. A system-wide library card allows borrowers to request books from any library in the county.  Online resources include millions of full-text articles available through our article databases, and over 130,000 e-books available through ebrary.  

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