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Episode 270 - Dr. Will White: Into the Wild: Adventure-Based Therapy

Interviewer: Julie Maier, PhD

Monday, September 09, 2019, 8:08:46 AM

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In this episode, our guest Dr. Will White highlights his career combining his background as a social worker and his passion for experiential, specifically outdoor, therapy. He describes what adventure-based therapy is and the evolution of the model to its current-day expression. Dr. White discusses the empirical support for the approach, why it’s therapeutic, and the rationale for utilizing this innovative modality.

​Will White, DA, LCSW, LADC, is Director of Outreach and Business Development at Summit Achievement, an adventure-based wilderness therapy program in Maine. Dr. White received his Master of Social Work degree from the University of Denver and his Doctorate degree in Leadership from Franklin Pierce University. He has been a licensed Clinical Social Worker and Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor for over 25 years. Dr. White is a nationally recognized expert in the field of adventure/wilderness therapy. As a much sought after speaker on the topic of Adventure/Wilderness Therapy, Dr. White has presented at national and international conferences and is the author of the book, Stories from the Field: A History of Wilderness Therapy.

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