Facilitating Hiking Therapy Groups- An Experiential Approach

2022 International Conference Pre-Conference Events

Wednesday, November 9, 2022
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EST)
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Category: International Conferences

Facilitating Hiking Therapy Groups- An Experiential Approach

Capacity: 20 participants

Date & Time: Wednesday, November 9th, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location: Trails - meet at the Ampitheatre

Cost: $150

Presenters: Aimee Frazier, MA

Aimee Frazier, MA, is a Mental Health Therapist specializing in hiking therapy in Portland, Oregon. In her private practice Aimee leads a year-round Hiking Therapy Group for adults who are managing trauma, anxiety, and depression. Aimee formerly worked as an outdoor adventure guide. 

Aimee Frazier began working as an outdoor adventure guide in 2009. After nearly a decade of outdoor, seasonal guiding, she returned to school to become a mental health therapist, inspired by the transformational experiences that she witnessed and facilitated while guiding. Aimee is the owner of Calm Creek Counseling, a private practice that specializes in hiking therapy. Aimee Frazier is an adjunct Professor of Hiking at George Fox University in Portland, Oregon.


Bring your hiking boots! In this experiential workshop, participants will engage in a hiking therapy group session on the trail as they learn how to facilitate therapeutic hiking groups. This workshop is aimed toward therapists, but may be useful for other professionals who wish to enhance a group’s connection with the natural world or implement experiential practices within a group. Come prepared to hike rain or shine, engage in experiential learning, and learn best practices for this unique type of group therapy. The session will take place on the forested trails surrounding the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly.

Upon completion of this workshop, participants will:
1. Experience participation in a hiking therapy group
2. Learn 2-3 interventions that can be used in the context of a hiking therapy group
3. Articulate a rationale for incorporating hiking therapy into their practice or workplace
4. Understand 5 considerations regarding setting up and running a hiking therapy group

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Pre-Conference sessions (Extended Education) take place prior to the start of the 2022 International Conference, and are in-depth workshops and activities that provide an expanded opportunity for professional development.


Do I need to register for the International Conference (taking place Nov 10-13) in order to attend a pre-conference event? No! You are able to register and attend any of the below events without having to purchase a ticket or attend the entire International Conference.

Are meals and lodging included? No. If you plan to stay overnight or have meals on-site, you must purchase lodging and a meal plan separately.

Can I get CEUs from pre-conference events? This depends on the individual event. Each event is different and you'll need to check out the specific event details.

Where are the events being held? Location varies by individual event. Each event will be held at the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly unless otherwise specified.

Are the pre-conferences available to virtual attendees too? Will they be recorded? No. Pre-conference events occur in-person only unless otherwise specified.

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