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"Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today."

- Malcolm X

Clinical Rock Climbing Training
July 25, August 1, 8, 11, 22 - 5:00pm-8:15pm MST. In-Person August 26-28.

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Built on a decade of experience and passion, this inaugural training will prepare and inspire you to make rock climbing a central tool in your therapy kit! This comprehensive course covers theory, program design, logistics, trauma-informed care and more. The hybrid delivery model will give you weekly online instruction and an in-person climbing intensive in beautiful Colorado. If you've dreamed of using climbing in therapy, this is for you. From adaptive programs to youth programs to treatment for specific mental health concerns, you'll learn everything you need to feel confident as a climbing instructor and therapist! 

Course Requirements: Able to climb 5.7 on top rope, belay certified by an established climbing gym, guide company or professional organization. 

Total Hours: 36 hours towards C-CAT certification. 

*Wild and Wonderful Life, LLC is seeking approval to offer continuing education credit to counselors. Please check our website for updates.

Cost: $1200

*Payment plans are available with both early bird and regular price. Being able to pay in full all at once is a privilege and should not be rewarded with a discount. 

Course Objectives: 

  1. Develop climbing interventions relevant to the specific needs of various clinical populations.

  2. Design a comprehensive rock climbing program using industry standards and psychotherapy best practices.

  3. Assess physical and psychological risk factors in various climbing scenarios.

  4. Assess autonomic nervous system processes related to mental health issues during climbing interventions.

  5. Facilitate rock climbing with groups, families, couples and individuals. 

  6. Apply trauma informed best practices to rock climbing therapy situations. 

  7. Implement basic self rescue skills. 

  8. Utilize both indoor and outdoor climbing venues.

  9. Create treatment plans and assess for progress using adventure therapy language and deliberate practice techniques. 

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This Course Is For:

  • Masters-Level Counseling/Social Work Students

  • Licensed Professional Counselors

  • Licensed Social Workers

  • Pre-Licensed Mental Health Professionals

  • Recreation Therapists are welcome as well!

Topics Covered:

  • Facilitation

  • Technical Skills

  • Mental Health Treatment Applications

  • Intervention Development

  • Comprehensive Program Design

  • Group and Family Facilitation

  • Individual Facilitation

  • Somatic, Behavioral and Cognitive Perspectives

  • Climbing as an Assessment Tool

  • Current Adventure Therapy and Climbing Therapy Research

Hours Breakdown:

Technical Skills (8 Hours)

  • Climbing Wall Instructor Skills

  • Self Rescue Skills

  • Climbing Instruction Techniques

  • Risk Management

Facilitation and Processing Skills (8 Hours)

  • Group and Individual Facilitation 

  • Intervention Development

  • Incorporating Theoretical Lens

  • Dissociation and Symptom Assessment

Organization and Administration (4 Hours)

  • Gym and Outdoor Permitting

  • Crisis and Risk Management Policies and Procedures

  • Gear Maintenance

  • Program Logistics and Checklists

  • Creating a Risk-Aware Culture

  • Documentation

 

Conceptual Knowledge (4 Hours)

  • Clinical Applications of Climbing to Specific Populations

  • Intervention Development

  • Trauma-Informed Climbing

Therapeutic Alliance (2 Hours)

  • Relationship and Power Dynamics

  • Equity and Access Issues

  • Socio-Cultural Considerations

  • Professionalism

Assessment (2 Hours)

  • Clinical Assessment

  • Deliberate Practice Techniques

Adventure Therapy Interventions (4 Hours)

  • Creating Climbing Interventions

  • Treatment Planning

  • Progress Assessment

"Not only do we get to work in our element, we get to combine our passion with helping people!"

- Alisha C, 2021 Clinic Attendee
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Course Session Outline: 3 Hours Online Weekly

 

Week 1: Introduction to Climbing Therapy

  • Course objectives and individual goal creation

  • History and Program Options

  • Current Research

 

Week 2: Clinical Lens Development

  • Creating your lens.

  • Theoretical approaches to climbing therapy

  • Trauma informed climbing principles

 

Week 3: Program Design

  • Designing a climbing therapy program

  • Treatment Planning & Assessment

  • Instructing Climbing

  • Clinical facilitation tools

  • Leadership and "guide mode."

 

Week 4: Program Logistics

  • Risk management PNP

  • Gear list, care and maintenance

  • Location and logistical considerations

  • Crisis management

  • Documentation, Waivers and Liability

Week 5: Relationship, Ethics & Social Justice

  • Equity and Access in Outdoor Sports

  • Cultural Considerations in Climbing

  • Guide/Therapist Relationship and Power

In-Person Intensive: 21 Hours

 

Friday: Indoor, 6 Hours

  • Teaching Rock Climbing

  • Trauma-Informed Skill Application

  • Professionalism

 

Saturday: Outdoor, 8 Hours

  • Outdoor Site Management

  • Facilitation Application

  • Intervention Development

 

Sunday: Outdoor, 6 Hours

  • Risk Assessment

  • Rescue Skills

Lodging: $190 for 3 nights (Thursday - Sunday) at a local AirBnB: Shared bedrooms and bathrooms only, full kitchen, located across the street from the Mountaineering Center and the Wild and Wonderful Life offices. Space accommodates 6. Please ask for accommodation info when you register.

*Note: There is no camping within 45 minutes of Golden CO. There is one RV camp ground.

Outdoor Climbing: Our two outdoor days will be spend in Boulder Canyon, and Clear Creek Canyon. Outdoor days start at 8am. Carpooling is encouraged. 

Your Instructor:
Aleya Littleton. MA, LPC, C-CAT, SPI
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Aleya started rock climbing back in 2008. Finding herself in the middle of a major life transition, she sought the comfort of nature and found so much more. Initially she appreciated the sport for it’s aspects of adventure, but she soon learned that while becoming a skilled climber, she also discovered more about herself, her community, and found the peace she had been searching for. 
  • MA Adventure Therapy, Prescott College

  • AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Guide:

    • Outer Edge Performance​

    • Colorado Climbing Company

  • Climbing Instructor:

    • Boulder Rock Club​

    • Earth Treks Climbing

    • ABC Kids Climbing

    • Colorado School of Mines

  • Climbing Workshop Presenter:

  • Self Rescue: Earth Treks 2010 & 2015.

Contact Aleya directly with questions: aleya@wwlcounseling.com

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Fees | Refunds | Cancellation Policy:

*All fees are due at the time of registration. 

*Cancellation: Full refunds are available until one week prior to the beginning of the course. 50% refunds are available until the first day of the course. No refunds are available after the start of the course.

*WWL will do our best to avoid course cancellation. However, if we must cancel a course due to some unforeseen or unavoidable circumstance, we will contact you at the primary email address and phone number you provided at the time of registration. You will be able to select a full refund or full letter of credit to transfer to a new course date within 12 months of the date of the original course. If a course in progress is interrupted by unforeseen or unavoidable circumstances, participants will receive credit to take the remainder of the course a later date.  All other expenses such as airfare and hotel accommodations will not be reimbursed by WWL.