Second Nature Researchers Hoag, Massey and Roberts Present on Leading Wilderness Therapy's Approach with More Complex Clientele

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Matt Hoag, PhD, Katie Massey, MSW and Sean Roberts, MS present the major evolutions in wilderness therapy clients' complexity and meeting the new challenges with sophisticated clinical intervention at Symposium on Experiential Education Research (SEER) conference Oct 31 - Nov 2.

Dr. Matt Hoag, Katie Massey and Sean Roberts present "Dissecting the Wilderness Therapy Client: Clinical Trends, Findings and Industry Patterns" to their professional colleagues at the 13th Annual SEER Conference. They are presenting on the recent changes in typical adolescent and young adult students, including data on the prevalence of mood disorders and dual diagnoses.

Essentially, they dive into the requirement that "wilderness field instructors and therapists are no longer just providing a sober experience; rather, they are providing intensive mental health treatment in the setting of the wilderness."

Second Nature ( is an outdoor therapeutic program for struggling teens and young adults, with locations in Utah, Georgia, North Carolina, and Oregon. Second Nature is nationally recognized as the leader in wilderness therapy. Founded in 1998, Second Nature’s individualized approach, matched with small groups and experienced staff, provides participants with a safe, engaging and therapeutic environment to develop greater self-awareness and insight into underlying feelings, emotions, and behaviors, thereby beginning a profound process of change.

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