Short Courses

Ski Therapist Level I

Licensed and license-eligible therapists may be certified as Ski Therapists.  Level I training is 4 days and includes didactic and experiential education.  Therapists must apply for the program.  Lecture topics include Ski Therapy aspects of eco-psychology, transpersonal psychology, counseling relations, group facilitation, trauma psychology, attachment psychology, family dynamics, rites-of-passage, addiction, grief, and anger.  Experientials include neuro-feedback sessions, chair lift, skiing, and other outdoor initiatives, and EMDR and Brainspotting demonstrations.  Graduates of the course will demonstrate the ability to accurately explain Ski Therapy, understand how they interface with the Company as practitioners, and construct an agenda for a Ski Therapy program.

Ski Therapist Level II

Therapists with Level I certification, experience offering at least 10 Ski Therapy sessions, and completion of Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness First Aid courses may attend Level II training, and are eligible for listing on the Company’s directory.  Level II offers discussion and instruction in advanced topics in Ski Therapy. Therapists will be evaluated for ski ability and present their experience as a Ski Therapist.  Level II is 4 days. 

Ski Therapist Supervisor

Supervisors are licensed counselors eligible to supervise clinical hours in their state.  In this training, clinicians explore supervision issues associated with Ski Therapy.  Ski Therapy Institute or Level II certification and 25 Ski Therapy sessions are pre-requisite.  Curriculum is based on case studies, role plays, and shared experience.

Training for Trainers

Training for Trainers is a 3 day training where Institute, Supervisors, and qualified Level II graduates are trained to deliver Level I training.   Completion of the T4T recommends trainers to an assistant trainer level and after co-facilitating two trainings, graduates are eligible to train Level I training on their own, with other trainers, or with assistant trainers.  Topics discussed include components of experiential education, didactic instruction, creating a container for learning, student assessment, stages of group development, expansion and contraction in learning, agenda creation, and responsibilities to the Company.


Recertification of any level is required once every five years and these 2 day workshops offer opportunities for community building, introduction of new techniques or programs, and shared experience.