Upcoming Training Seminars
Connect. Transform. Inspire.
Every student at Deschutes Wilderness Therapy has a dedicated treatment team helping them to achieve their goals and heal their trauma. Field Instructors are a critical core member of the treatment team. As a field instructor, you are responsible for experiential learning and creating a safe, healing environment that supports each students’ treatment plan. Field instructors form deep bonds and trusting relationships with students through empathy and service. Field instructors help to create opportunities for life changing growth in a challenging and fun wilderness environment.
As a field instructor, you will work with a small team of instructors and therapists, teaching clients how to improve their lives, their relationships, and regain their future.
Deschutes Wilderness inspires people to learn and live in a way that honors our values of service, growth and results through trusting relationships built with empathy. At Deschutes Wilderness Therapy you are part of a community that will embolden you to realize the fullest version of yourself. This will be the hardest job you ever have, and the most beautiful and joy filled job you will ever have. You will change children’s and young adults’ lives every single day. You will impact their lives in ways they will remember for the rest of their lives.
Field Instructor Overview
Orientation - What is Involved
Field Instructor Training Seminars
The seven-day training seminar is an opportunity for applicants to learn about Deschutes Wilderness Therapy, develop the necessary basic skills, demonstrate their strengths and their individual personalities, and determine if Deschutes Wilderness Therapy is the right fit for both applicant and DWT. After completing the orientation and assessment by our field leadership, chosen applicants are offered a job and a $1,000 stipend.
Here is what the training will include:
- Student day- Fully immersive experiential activity from the perspective of the student experience
- Our treatment model, CASA (Commitment, Attunement, Security, Acceptance)
- Therapeutic groups
- Safety, structure, supervision
- Scenarios to identify guiding style and de-escalation techniques
- A certificate from the Crisis Prevention Institute- our de-escalation training model
- Canine integration
- Meetings with our leadership team including clinical , experiential and educational, young adult and program directors
Training Seminar Topics:
Principles of Deschutes Wilderness Therapy
- Safety, supervision, structure
- 4 Pillars (Mastery, Educational, Canine, Therapy)
- Relational Model
- Trauma-informed care
- CASA (Commitment, Attunement, Security, Attachment)
Program structural and protocol
- Camp layout
- Hands/structured statements
- Daily Structure
- Growth Zones
- Self-disclosure/appropriate conversations
Boundaries, Expectations, Limits
Safety and Crisis Management
Typical Work Schedule + Sample Daily Schedule
Our field instructors typically work eight (8) days on and six (6) days off, Wednesday to Wednesday.
LIFE IN THE FIELD
Deschutes Wilderness Therapy utilizes both base camp and nomadic models that embrace simple outdoor living environments. Deschutes Young Adults program is a basecamp model includes two walled tents (a backcountry kitchen and a relaxed group gathering space with heat sources). Our adolescent group is nomadic. Students and field instructors sleep in individual tents and utilize basic outdoor living primitive skills.
Typical Adolescent Day Schedule
8:00 AM - Wake up
9:00 AM - Breakfast
10:00 AM - Finish Breakfast + check ins
11:00 AM - Camp chores, hygiene OR break down camp for hike day
11:30 AM - Therapeutic group, group games (on non-hike days)
12:30 PM - Lunch + growth zones (letter writing, therapy assignments on hike days)
2:00 PM - Games, day hike, arts and crafts, mastery etc OR start hike
3:00 PM - Dinner prep, unstructured group time (on non-hike days)
4:30 PM - Educational growth zones, letter writing, therapy assignments OR set up campsite and camp chores, dinner prep on hike days
6:00 PM - Dinner
7:00 PM - Clean up camp, hygiene
9:00 PM - Community time (games, music, fun, processing the day)
10:00 PM - Bedtime (Summer only, in winter it is much earlier)
Typical Young Adult Day Schedule
(subject to change based on community integration and excursion days)
8:30 AM - Wake up
9:00 AM - Students make their own breakfast
9:15 AM - Morning ritual (students spend time alone spread out doing their morning self care-journaling, reading, meditating, etc.
10:00 AM - check in circle, job circle and announcements
10:30 AM - Clean up
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM - Flexible time (a therapeutic group, experiential, cleaning camp, games, therapy, field showers day hike or doing growth zones, chores).
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM - Lunch
1:30 PM - 4:00 PM - Flexible time
4:00 PM - Chef and sous chef dinner prep dinner; games, art, causal hangout time
5:00 PM - Dinner (either at the group table or around the fire)
6:00 PM - Check in circle
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM - Clean up dinner & camp area
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM - Therapeutic group or a group game
8:30 PM - 9:30 PM - Tent time (self-care, reading, journaling, or mediating to slow down for the evening)
At Deschutes Wilderness Therapy we offer:
- $1,000 sign-on bonus ($500 paid in first paycheck, $500 after 90-days)
- 90-day pay increases for the first year
- $1,000 referral bonus for each employee you refer
- $500 annual training stipend
- Extensive training and development opportunities
- Entry-level hourly positions estimated to earn approximately $48,000 and upwards in the first year (inclusive of bonuses and 90-day increases)
- Additional benefits include PTO, health insurance, 401K, unlimited yoga memberships
- Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offering free therapy and other resources
- Pro deals with numerous outdoor gear and apparel companies
What parents and alumni are saying
This program has made me into a better, stronger, more capable human being. I have had the privilege to work with the best staff I could ask for.
This program has saved my life and changed me for the better.
We are extremely grateful for the work and resources that Deschutes Wilderness Therapy provided to our daughter and to us as parents. We truly were on a parallel journey. We learned so much through the process and we are full of hope as we enter into the next leg of the journey.
My son said that he needed Wilderness and that one word to describe his experience would be "appreciation". It was a lifesaving and life changing experience for our whole family. Everyone involved in the program was professional and organized.
I would definitely recommend Deschutes Wilderness Therapy to anyone looking for a well-run wilderness program seeking help with attachment issues, creative solutions and a relational experience where there is a strong commitment to success.
I can’t say enough about the quality of the staff and therapists. Or the progress that our son and our entire family has made. The trauma-based approach and the education on how the brain and nervous system work has been so empowering. But more importantly the care and attention of the staff to all of us has also been so helpful and to be honest unexpected. Not once have we felt like just “another client