Adventure Therapy

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Backdoor Jobs

Adventure Therapy Collective
AEE Adventure Therapy Certification
AEE Therapeutic Adventure Professional Group
International Adventure Therapy
National Association of Therapeutic Schools & Programs
Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Council-accredits outdoor behavioral healthcare programs

Association for Challenge Course Technology– certifications
Project Adventure

Courses & Certifications
Alpenglo Education– Behavioral First Responder
Leave No Trace
National Center for Outdoor & Adventure Education (NCOAE)
National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS)
Outward Bound
Solo Schools
Venture Out– Ally Training
Wilderness Medical Associates
Professional Associations
Association for Experiential Education
Wilderness Education Association
Southern Illinois University– BS and MS in Outdoor Recreation
University of New Hampshire– Dual degree MSW+Outdoor Education
University of St. Francis– BS in Adventure-Based Recreation Therapy

No Barriers USA
Outdoors for All
The Outbound
Unlikely Hikers
Adaptive Gear
Access TR
Action Trackchair
Grit Freedom Chair
Spartan Wheel Chariot

Diversify Outdoors
LBBT+ Outdoors
LGBTQ Outdoor Groups Map
LGBTQ Outdoor Summit
OUT There Adventures
The Outbound
Unlikely Hikers
Venture Out

Backpacking Light Diversity Grant
Black Folks Camp Too
Brown People Camping
Diversify Outdoors
Latino Outdoors
Natives Outdoors
Melanin Base Camp
Outdoor Afro
Outdoor Asian
Outdoors Empowered Network
Sierra Club
The Black Outdoors
The Outbound
Unlikely Hikers

Color Outside
Girl Ventures
No Man’s Land Film Festival
Native Womens Wilderness
Outdoors Empowered Network
Sierra Club
The Outbound
Unlikely Hikers

Adaptive Adventures
Higher Ground
National Ability Center
No Barriers USA
Outdoors for All
Outward Bound
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)
Veteran Adventures
Veteran Expeditions
Warrior Expeditions

1 Stop
Apps & Media
Guthook App
On X App
Homemade Wanderlust Blog
Darwin on the Trail Blog
4 Luv of Hiking Blog
Food & Food Storage
Heather’s Choice Meals– Paleo meals
Hilltop Food Bags
Next Mile Meals– Keto meals
ULA Bear Bag Kit
Kula Cloth
Small Business/Custom Gear
Appalachian Gear Company
Enlightened Equipment
Feathered Friends
Goosefeet Gear
Gossamer Gear
Mountain Laurel Designs
Seek Outside

American Hiking Society
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Continental Divide Trail
Hayduke Trail
National Park Service
Pacific Coast Trail Association


Buchecker, M., & Degenhardt, B. (2015). The effects of urban inhabitants’ nearby outdoor recreation on their well-being and their psychological resilience. Journal of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism, 10, 55–62.

Caldas, S. V., Broaddus, E. T., & Winch, P. J. (2016). Measuring conflict management, emotional self-efficacy, and problem solving confidence in an evaluation of outdoor programs for inner-city youth in Baltimore, Maryland. Evaluation and Program Planning, 57, 64–71.

Chang, Y., Davidson, C., Conklin, S., & Ewert, A. (2019). The impact of short-term adventure-based outdoor programs on college students’ stress reduction. Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 19(1), 67–83.

Coll, PhD, K. M., Sass, EdD, M., Freeman, PhD, B. J., Thobro, MS, P., & Hauser, MSW, N. (2017). The value of therapeutic outdoor programs with adolescents in a rural residential treatment center: A pilot study. American Journal of Recreation Therapy, 12(4), 25.

Cordle, J., Van Puymbroeck, M., Hawkins, B., & Baldwin, PhD, E. (2016). The Effects of Utilizing High Element Ropes Courses as a Treatment Intervention on Self-Efficacy. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 50(1).

Daniels, E., Cottingham, M., Walsh, D. W., & Pearson, D. (2017). An Evaluation of University Recreation Center Outdoor Programs for People With Disabilities: Perspectives From Professionals. Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership, 9(1), 83–97.

Dorsch, T., Richards, K. A. R., Swain, J., & Maxey, M. (2016). The Effect of an Outdoor Recreation Program on Individuals With Disabilities and their Family Members: A Case Study. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 50(2), 155–172.

Duvall, J., & Kaplan, R. (2014). Enhancing the well-being of veterans using extended group-based nature recreation experiences. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, 51(5), 685–696.

Hawkins, B. L., Townsend, J. A., & Garst, B. A. (2016). Nature-Based Recreational Therapy for Military Service Members: A Strengths Approach. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 50(1), 55–74.

Lundberg, N., Taniguchi, S., McGovern, R., & Smith, S. (2016). Female veterans’ involvement in outdoor sports and recreation: A theoretical sample of recreation opportunity structures. Journal of Leisure Research, 48(5), 413–430.

Picton, C., Fernandez, R., Moxham, L., & Patterson, C. (2019). Experiences of outdoor nature-based therapeutic recreation programs for persons with a mental illness. JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports, 17(12), 2517–2524.

Rogers, S. D., Loy, D., & Brown-Bochicchio, C. (2016). Sharing a New Foxhole With Friends: The Impact of Outdoor Recreation on Injured Military. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 50(3), 213–227.

Romagosa, F., Eagles, P. F. J., & Lemieux, C. J. (2015). From the inside out to the outside in: Exploring the role of parks and protected areas as providers of human health and well-being. Journal of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism, 10, 70–77.

Russell, M. S., Widmer, M. A., Lundberg, N., & Ward, P. (2015). Adaptation of an Adolescent Coping Assessment for Outdoor Adventure. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 49(1), 18–34.

Van Puymbroeck, M., Ewert, A. W., Luo, Y., & Frankel, J. (2012). The influence of the Outward Bound Veterans Program on sense of coherence. American Journal of Recreation Therapy, 11(3), 31–38.

Wilson, J. F., & Christensen, K. M. (2012). The Relationship Between Outdoor Recreation and Depression Among Individuals With Disabilities. Journal of Leisure Research, 44(4), 486–506.

Woodford, K. M., Fenton, L., & Connors, J. (2017). A Change of Scenery: Wilderness Therapy Treatment for Inpatients in Acute Care. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 51(4), 258–273.