All Kinds of News for January 08, 2020
Trails Momentum, an outdoor adventure-based therapy program for young adults ages 18-25, is excited to announce that Josh Rood, M.Ed, has joined Sarah Parlier, Ph.D., as an educator of the on-campus Academic Seminars. Together, they continue to design and develop the educational programming to meet the needs of this specific population and age group.
At Trails Momentum, every student participates in two academic seminars, Principles of Outdoor Recreation and Introduction to Communication and Leadership. Through a partnership with Western Colorado University, students can earn up to 6 college credit hours by completing additional coursework in each class. In the Principles of Outdoor Recreation seminar, Josh invites students to learn and master skills such as Leave No Trace principles, Backcountry Navigation and Expedition Planning.
Working professionally in Outdoor Education since 2001, with students of all ages, Josh received his BA in Psychology from the University of California Santa Cruz and his M.Ed. from the University of Georgia in Recreation and Leisure studies. Most recently, he has been a professor of Environmental Science at Brevard College, engaging student minds about ecosystems, environmental impacts and sustainable practices.
“Having been the director of an outdoor education center as well as a summer camp director, I can attest to the healing power of nature and the connections made between the natural world and human potential for resilience, self-reflection and discovery,” describes Josh. “I have always been an outdoor enthusiast, so I am excited to share my passion and experience of water and the woods with the students at Trails Momentum.”
In his spare time, Josh enjoys backpacking and storytelling with his wife and son in the Western North Carolina mountains they call home.
Trails Momentum is a wilderness-alternative for young adults ages 18-25 struggling to launch themselves into adulthood. Young adults are guided on a journey of self-discovery where they develop self-concept and are empowered to make the transition into independence. Adventure programming, clinical services, family involvement, college coursework, and social and life skills development are seamlessly interwoven to maximize the transference of important life skills and address clinical and behavioral challenges.