Established in 2015 with the mission to advance the field of adventure therapy and outdoor behavioral healthcare through the development of best practices, effective treatments, and evidenced-based research.
OBH Center Changes are Coming!
As part of this process we are working with Julia Alvarez and Point B(e) Strategies in strategic planning in order to best guide our future direction in this evolution. We have an active group of practitioners, researchers, scholars, and stakeholders involved in this process and look forward to reaching out for feedback from our professional community and sharing our new initiatives and directions in the coming year.
OBH Center Transport Task Force
Guided by our belief in the importance of client voice and client choice, the OBH Center lead by Dr. Christine Norton and Dr. Michael Gass came together with a collaborative group of stakeholders (parents, clients who have been transported, program staff, clinicians, transport professionals and researchers) to explore transport in wilderness programs and make recommendations for best practices.
Click Here for a copy of the OBH Center Task Force's Report
Transparency, objectivity, and trust are critical features of all practices of the OBH Center. All of the research produced by the OBH Center is reviewed by the Institutional Review Board of the University of New Hampshire for ethical and accurate research practices before any studies ever begin. All research practices conducted by the Center follow not only the guidelines of this Institutional Review Board (IRB) at the University of New Hampshire, but also the Missenden Code of ethics and accountability (2002) for appropriate ethical practices by university research entities. Research conducted by the OBH Center seeks to:
- address universal problems resulting in benefits for society as a whole
- be objective in the design and implementation of research activities and take an unbiased position in reporting results
- conduct all operations openly, honestly, objectively, and responsibly
- disclose to all colleagues and the public any financial or personal interests so that audiences are fully informed.
- be independent in the research and publication of any informed findings and publications
The Center currently receives its funding from foundation grants aimed at improving outdoor therapy services for participants across the continuum of treatment.