Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy

, Volume 23, Issue 2, pp 127-134

First online:

Therapeutic wilderness programs: Issues of professionalization in an emerging field

  • Jennifer Davis-BermanAffiliated withDepartment of Sociology and Anthropology, The University of Dayton
  • , Dene S. Berman

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With the rapid increase in therapeutic wilderness programming, issues of professionalization have arisen. This article discusses the movement toward increased professionalization, with particular attention to staff qualifications for the provision of service, the distinction between therapeutic and therapy, and the ethics and consequences of therapeutic wilderness programs. It is concluded that increased credibility necessitates elevated standards for staff credentials and the provision of therapy within programs.