Behavioral First Responder


Behavioral First Responder Course

October 14-15, 2023

Held at the Keystone Science School Campus

The Behavioral First Responder course is designed for instructors, administrators, and counselors of all varieties that want to understand common behavioral issues and useful responses within the experiential education context. Our course will teach you overarching theories, models, and techniques adapted from the fields of social work, counseling, and psychology to help you understand why a student is demonstrating a particular behavior and some useful techniques that will help the student through their difficult moment.

Who is this course for?

The curriculum is specifically designed for Experiential Educators who work in the fields of Outdoor and Adventure Education, Camp Counseling, Wilderness Therapy, or Adventure Therapy. It is important to note that this certification does not make you a therapist or counselor. It is merely designed to give you insight into what is happening on the individual level, and help ensure your student’s emotional safety until you can recommend future helpful avenues to them.

  • Strengths Based Approach
  • Ecological Systems Theory
  • De-escalation Techniques
  • Students with Suicidal Ideation
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • And much more!


Course Length: 20 hours

Course Length: 20 hours

Certification lasts for 3 years.

How to Enroll

Enrollment deadline: Apply here by August 9th.

  • Notification of application status will be emailed within 72 hours of submission
  • Payment and Forms are due within 72 hours of acceptance*
    • *Failure to meet deadlines for payment or forms will result in unenrollment from the course.

Sample Schedule

Day 1

9amCourse Overview
11amField Time
3pmExpert Panel
4-5:30pmExpert Panel Debrief

Day 2

8amIntroduce & Define Local Issue, Open Discussion
8:30amTalking to local partners in your area
1pmWater Quality Testing as Research & Beetles example
3-5pmObserve research & data presentations from H20 participants, Observe plumbing the Colorado activity