What is an adventure therapist?

Adventure therapists help people with their problems through physical, outdoor and nature-based activities. With further study in psychology and counseling, adventure therapists can obtain the necessary skills to help people through emotional recovery.

Job titles for adventure therapy majors immediately after graduation:

Adventure Therapist
Equine Therapist
Youth-At-Risk Educator
Adaptive Sports Instructor
Behavioral Health Professional
Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Specialist
Direct Care Staff

What is the expected earning potential of an adventure therapy major without further education?

You can expect to earn between $21,000 to $52,000 annually.


What are the job titles with further education or experience after getting a degree in adventure therapy?

Clinical Director
Licensed Therapist
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Field Director

What is the expected earning potential with further education in adventure therapy?

You can expect to earn between $30,000 to $75,000 annually.

Who employs adventure therapy majors?

Non-Profit Organizations
For-Profit Businesses
Guiding Companies
Expeditionary Outfitters
Education Centers
Nature Centers
Camps/Leadership Schools

Who are the specific employers of adventure therapy majors?

Outward Bound
National Outdoor Leadership School
Summit Achievement
Second Nature

What is the job outlook for adventure therapy majors?

Some growth in this sector (5-14%). The need for adventure therapists is growing because of demand from three specific populations: adolescents, veterans, and baby boomers.

Do I need to get a graduate degree or further education to become an adventure therapist?

Typically no further education is needed for successful entry into this field. A master’s degree may help with transitioning from the field to a more traditional therapeutic setting or may increase the prospect of job placement and salary.

What are useful certifications for aiding in adventure therapy work?

Wilderness First Responder
Wilderness EMT
Leave No Trace
First Aid
American Mountain Guides Association Certifications
American Canoe Association Certifications
Registered Maine Guides
High Ropes Course Instructor Certifications

Many of these certifications can be obtained while you study adventure therapy at Unity College.

What are the professional associations available for adventure therapy majors?


Where can I find job and internships for adventure therapy?


What are the transferable skills I will learn as an adventure therapy major?

Ability to teach / train
Explaining ideas clearly
Assisting and Caring for Others – Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
Scheduling Work and Activities – Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
Documenting/Recording Information – Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
Developing Objectives and Strategies – Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.
Coaching and Developing Others – Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment – Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
Writing and presenting
Decision making
Risk Management
Resolving and mediating conflicts
Sensitivity to others
Promoting healthy relationships and behavior
Understanding group dynamics
Knowing statistical techniques
Summarizing ideas
Team player
Computer skills
Knowing and appreciating ethical guidelines
Respecting & valuing individuals and differences
Designing and conducting experiments
Reasoning analytically & objectively
Quantitative and qualitative analysis
Understanding human development & behavior
Establishing interpersonal connections
Critical and inferential thinking

Where can I learn more about adventure therapy?