The Symposium consists of interactive presentations, speakers and outdoor experiential workshops. It brings a diverse cross-section of clinicians, field instructors, rites of passage guides, educational consultants, professors, research specialists, students and residential programs staff under one roof to share theories, insights and best practices in an open spirit. We do this to improve ourselves and the therapeutic services we provide. The symposium offers us a place to explore, inform, and educate ourselves on a diverse range of topics all centering on wilderness therapy.
The annual Wilderness Therapy Symposium is presented by the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Council. OBH Council represents numerous wilderness therapy programs who seek to collaborate and share best practices. OBH Council was founded in 1997 when representatives from a handful of wilderness treatment programs joined together to promote program standards and excellence.
Today, the organization and its member programs have been instrumental in raising the bar for wilderness treatment. They have and continue to facilitate research on the efficacy of wilderness treatment for adolescents.