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Stories from the Field: Mental Health and the Outdoors

May 26, 2020

Nick Magle-Haberek is the clinical director of BaMidbar Wilderness Therapy and co-founder of Nick shares his story of experiences from working as a field guide at Second Nature to being the first student in the dual master's program in Social Work and Outdoor Education at the University of New Hampshire. He has served as a clinician at Wendigo Lakes in Canada, Soltreks in Minnesota, and several others. He shares what inspired him to start and its growth.

Bio from BaMidbar website: Nick grew up on a small farm in Richmond, Rhode Island where he developed a love for adventures in the outdoors. While attending the University of Maine, Nick fell in love with the field of Outdoor Education. After completing his degree Nick heeded the advice of a mentor, and moved to Utah to work as a wilderness therapy guide. This ultimately led him to the University of New Hampshire where he earned masters degrees in both Social Work and Outdoor Education. During his graduate career and onward Nick continued to develop his passion for the outdoors and helping others. He has worked in a variety of roles in the field including field guide, facilitator, individual therapist, clinical supervisor, program manager, family therapist and consultant. Nick is also on the leadership committee for the Therapeutic Adventure Professional Group where he regularly helps to organize workshops and conferences for other therapists using adventure therapy. During his career, Nick has worked with a diverse blend of adolescents and young adults who are trying to find their direction in life. Nick’s love for this work is rejuvenated during moments of connection, vulnerability, and break-through. Nick has joined the BaMidbar clinical team as a Primary Therapist and is looking forward to sharing his passion with staff and clients. When not in the wilderness helping others, Nick can be found backcountry skiing, climbing, hiking, training for triathlons, and enjoying family time with his wife and two children, Birch and River in Estes Park, CO.