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Stories from the Field: Mental Health and the Outdoors

Nov 21, 2023

In this special episode, we explore the evolution of adventure therapy certifications with Fred Borroel, a humble leader in the field. Fred shares his journey into adventure therapy and his contributions through his private practice at San Antonio Adventure Therapy and as the Certification Chair at the Association for Experiential Education (

The discussion centers on the newly introduced Certified Clinical Adventure Therapist (CCAT) and Certified Therapeutic Adventure Specialist (CTAS) certifications. Fred delves into the history and rationale behind their development, the eligibility criteria, and the process of obtaining these prestigious credentials. He emphasizes the importance of inclusivity in the field, especially for professionals without traditional academic qualifications like a master's degree.

The episode also pays homage to trailblazers like Mark Ames and many others as well as reflects on the post-pandemic surge in outdoor therapeutic practices. Looking ahead, Fred discusses plans to expand the community of adventure-based therapists, including developing a CCAT Supervisor credential to mentor and support newcomers to the field.

Season 17 of Stories from the Field is focused on Anxiety and is underwritten by Mountain Valley Treatment Center.  This is a special episode focused on a special topic.