Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education - Event Information
Clinical First Responder @ Salt Lake City, UT
Adventure education practitioners rely on technical and interpersonal skills to create transformative experiences for their students and guests. While many formal trainings and certifications focus on technical skills, very few programs focus primarily on the interpersonal skills. To fill this gap, the Clinical First Responder (CFR) originated to train non-clinician wilderness guides to competently assist in the care and treatment of clients with psychological, emotional, and behavioral issues in adventure/wilderness therapy programs.
Naturally students in any adventure education program can react similarly when stretching their comfort zones, and adventure leaders must recognize and act decisively to guide their guests through these challenging experiences. CFR provides foundational skills to help with that including effective communication, emotional regulation and de-escalation, and group dynamics and facilitation in addition to other essential tools to help facilitate any quality and safe adventure outing.