Aug 27, 2019
Dr. Justine O'Donnell is a psychologist who specializes in performing neuropsychological evaluations for young people while they are enrolled in wilderness therapy programs. Justine started her journey into the wilderness therapy field as a field guide at SUWS of Idaho. When she started at SUWS field guides would go out into the field for three weeks at a time. She shares her story of being a field guide, then becoming a licensed psychologist and returning to the field. She was a clinician at SUWS of Idaho and True North Wilderness Therapy. She is now a psychologist who does neuropsychological testing with students at wilderness therapy programs all over the country. She shares how she felt that "being a woman working in the wilderness therapy field was very empowering" and how her closest relationships are still from her days as a field guide.