Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Education




Dr. Alan Leschied

Second Advisor

Dr. Jason Brown


The purpose of this study was to explore the impact of work-related stress among Wilderness Field Instructors. Participants included five field instructors from Northern Ontario and five field instructors from Northern Alabama. All participants were employed by their Wilderness programs at the time of the study. Semi-structured interviews were conducted at each of the two sites. Five themes emerged from the interview data describing the lived experience of working in Wilderness Therapy, along with several recommendations for policy and practice.



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