Adventure & Wilderness Programs
Episode 14 • June 23, 2022
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Outdoor adventure programs can be helpful for the mental health of people living with multiple sclerosis for a number of reasons.
First, these programs provide a structured environment in which participants can trial skills that they may have discussed in therapy. This can be beneficial for testing the limits of perceived capabilities, practicing problem-solving, and improving communication skills. Additionally, these programs often take place outdoors, in nature, which research has shown provides mental health benefits. Finally, these programs typically involve physical activity, which can help to improve mood and reduce stress levels. Overall, outdoor adventure programs offer a unique combination of physical, mental, and emotional benefits for people living with multiple sclerosis.
In this course, we will talk with an individual with multiple sclerosis who completed the First Descents program, an MS psychologist and researcher who has published on the benefits of wilderness programs for individuals with serious medical diagnoses, and the Vice President of Programs for First Descents.
Learn more about how these programs could be helpful to your patients and clients today!
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to: