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Stories from the Field: Mental Health and the Outdoors

Apr 9, 2019

Robert Trout is the founder and director of The Experiential Healing Institute which is an organization that provides family support before, during and after treatment when a family member is in a wilderness therapy program.  Robert was a student in a wilderness program as a teen and went onto work as a clinician in wilderness therapy programs in different programs.

Robert's journey into the field began after a family tragedy occurred and he was sent to a wilderness therapy program to address the issues. He went to the program thinking it was a summer camp and upon returning home informed his mother, "it saved my life."   He went onto work in the field for over a seventeen years.

Robert has worked at over eight different wilderness therapy programs including Aspen Achievement Academy, Pacific Quest, New Visions Wilderness, and Open Sky Wilderness