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OBH Center

As outdoor behavioral healthcare, also know as Wilderness Therapy, became more favored as a treatment option for troubled teens in the 1990’s (and later pre-adolescents and young adults), avoidable and sometimes fatal accidents occurred in the backcountry.  As the field diversified, a newer cohort of treatment owners and researchers recognized that collaborating with state regulators and additional self-regulation through shared best practices, and scientific examination (outcome based research), would protect clients and families and improve long-term efficacy.


The OBH Center is a group of “... research scientists [who] are licensed clinicians who hold a faculty position at a university, possess a Ph.D, and have a minimum of two years of ‘mud on their boots’ from experience working in outdoor behavioral healthcare.”