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Behavioral First Responder Course
Level 2

with Alpenglow Education

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October 14-15, 2023

Held at the Keystone Science School Campus

The Behavioral First Responder Level 2 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.

** You do not need to have completed Level 1 to enroll in Level 2

  • Cost: $375 per participant
  • Certification last for 3 years.


How to Enroll:

Enrollment deadline: Apply by September 29th.

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  • 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.

An extension of the Level 1 program tailored for field staff in the outdoor industry. Building upon the foundational skills acquired in Level 1, this certification delves deeper into theories and systematic practices to promote mental health and behavioral wellness.

In the Behavioral First Responder Level 2 Certification, we go beyond hands-on skills and practical techniques to explore the underlying theories that inform our understanding of human behavior in outdoor settings. By delving into theories from psychology, counseling, and social work, you will gain a comprehensive knowledge base that enables you to comprehend the root causes of behavioral challenges better.

Moreover, this certification equips you with systematic practices designed to foster mental health and behavioral wellness in yourself and the participants you work with. Through evidence-based approaches, you will learn strategies to create a supportive and inclusive environment that promotes emotional well-being and positive behavioral outcomes.

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Who this course is 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.

Sample Schedule


Day 1
8:00am - Welcome, Intro, Overview
     Full Value Contract
     Strengths Based Approach
12:00pm - Lunch
1:00pm - Trauma Informed Care
5:00pm - Ecological Systems Theory
Day 2
8:00am - Motivational Interviewing
     Behavioral Contract
     De-Escalation Techniques
12:00pm - Lunch
1:00pm - Disciplining
      Natural and Logical Consequences
      Suicidal Ideation
5:00pm - Graduation