National Wilderness Therapy Symposium

wtr_mntThe Wilderness Therapy Symposium

Update: (6.2.20) – the OBH Council has decided to cancel the 2020 WTS in Park City.  We determined that most programs would be unable to risk sending their staff to this year’s event, so in the best interest of protecting the health and safety of our participants we are not going to be hosting an in-person Symposium in 2020.  There is still some ongoing discussion around offering some portion of the Symposium in an online virtual format, so stay tuned for updates on that front.  For more info, please email Jim Lavin (WTS Event director) at


This year’s National WT Symposium will be held on August 27th-29th, 2020 in Park City, UT. The information for both the Regional and National Symposiums are sub-divided in the drop-down menus on the side-bar of this website, so please be sure to see the info for each separate Symposium.

The Symposium 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.


View our new information video regarding the Wilderness Therapy Symposium and the OBH Council:


Audio Interview

Listen to an audio interview about the Symposium

OBH Council

The Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Council represents numerous wilderness therapy programs who seek to collaborate and share best practices. OBHIC 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.


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