Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education - Event Information
Clinical First Responder Training @ Ashland, OR
Outdoor Adventure practitioners rely on technical and interpersonal skills to create transformative experiences for their participants. 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) was developed 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 outdoor adventure program can react similarly when stretching their comfort zones, and adventure leaders must recognize and act decisively to guide their participants 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.