Wilderness TX on LA Talk Radio July 30 (link: https://goo.gl/FtWRv8)

Wilderness leaves it’s print.

For those of you who have followed my career as an international psychologist, you know my passion in treating ‘at-risk’ youth is directed often in separating behaviorally reactive youth from their ‘known’ setting, ‘unplugging’ to an outdoor setting in determining how much is due to external versus internally driven. Make sense? As a past school psychologist, I learned early on to ask the question, “do you see the same behavior at home as you do in school?”, and visa versa (“do you see it at school as you see it at home”).

Wilderness treatment or therapy is now often called outdoor behavioral therapy. Why? I suspect that the term ‘wilderness’ simply can cause parents to panic: “Well, what happens if he falls in the lake, or off a cliff, or eaten by an animal”, or “What if he wanders off and gets lost, or runs away” etc. Rightfully so — in the past.

Today, OBH (Outdoor Behavioral Health) communicates the scientic and regulatory behavior expected by state licensing entities through scientific peer reviewed journals. In my case, OBH published a peer reviewed article written by Steven DeMille and myself on an international case we co-worked, if you will in providing a psychological evaluation, consultation, and wilderness program placement at RedCliff in Utah. Our full article entitled, “A Theoretically Anchored and Multi-Modal Treatment Approach in an Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Program. It is available free for download https://goo.gl/Jj2WGR.

In the article, you can see how outdoor behavioral health is successful from that provided by other forms of treatment. True, the great outdoors is ‘good for anyone’, but it’s not ‘therapeutic’ in and of itself and it would be silly to consider it as a form of psychological therapy for significant behavioral and emotional problems. Addiction, psychiatric conditions (high functioning autism, aspergers), mental health (depression, anxiety, PTSD / trauma) are often successfully treated in outdoor settings.

Getting to this month’s exciting news, I am speaking on LA’s Talk radio July 30th to this very subject of Wilderness TX (treatment). I welcome you to listen ‘live’ and ask on topic questions. Here is the link to the program: https://goo.gl/FtWRv8. I am offering my FREE ebook on the subject published on iTunes, if you listen. Here is the link! https://itun.es/us/0D7Agb.l

Thank you for your listening, and to all I say Happy Camping!

Invited Speaker: IALMH Prague July 10-15

In my presentation this year at the IALMH (International Academy of Law and Mental Health), I am collaborating with a number of outstanding individuals who hold more clout than I do in the academic and court room arenas. That said I’m going forward with my presentation on protecting communities by identifying school aged, ‘at risk’ criminal minded young people and talking resources. At Stanford University, I previously presented on this topic, and it was well received.  

Why this topic? I am appearing in a Bay area court late August to testify on a very important case with a young person from Northern California. I hope to bring home the point of my discussion that there is more to the puzzle, and treatment planning needs to be crucial part of the mix — even for offenders. Once we’re over the hearing, I will report on what was learned, but that said I will hit the highlights in my presentation in Prague.

Back to the UK (London, Dublin)

ThisI’m back in Dublin and London this week to meet with partners, colleagues, school staff, and mental health and addiction professionals. But what I’m very excited about is in meeting with new clients who are viewing options both here in the UK and the US. It takes someone with knowledge and expertise. It takes the American Psychologist! www.americanpsychologist.nl
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NATSAP 2017: Great opportunity to connect

Tucson in January can be quite chilly. 0 Celsius (and below) at night. The warmth came from meeting my colleagues in the behavior, mental health, recovery, and special needs industry. Here at NATSAP is where the planets come together, and the best share their insights and research on ‘what works’. NATSAP is an organisation we support, and pleased to be a professional member.

If you have a family member who needs specialised care, and the trust of an industry that cares, then we can help. We provide guidance and follow through to families anywhere in the world who need this concierge service. And we do provide services anywhere in the world.

It start with a conversation. If we can’t provide you the best residential options, we will refer you to who can, including local options such as therapeutic support. We would love to help you. and we communicate fast to set up appointments via face-to-face or teleconference via SKYPE.

In case you’re wondering, here in Tucson nobody is at the pool! It’s chilly and everyone at the conference is feeling the warmth of the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs or NATSAP.

Dr Mark Burdick

Up the Hudson – 3 Unique Schools


DARROW SCHOOL is the first stop.

Waste ManagementSmall, individualised curriculum, project based learning provides incentives for students to learn in their own unique ways.

See how a senior class water management science turned into a community fixture. A true ‘family style’ type of boarding and semi-day school.

There is even a 3D printer making original projects come alive. From the original Shaker furniture to today’s technology, Darrow is providing a unique educational route for those students who are up for the challenge.

Emma CampusEMMA WILLIARD the second stop. All girls, architecturally inspired campus, art science and math focused.

Flags @ EmmaThese young ladies do some heavy academic lifting to get into the sought-after colleges and even receive research based scholarships from George Washington U., among others. An international exchange program to boot. Most inspiring are the signature projects, where these young ladies find their passion and go with it: whether it be de-stymigtizing mental illness, choreograph dancing in NYC, or writing children’s books. Each follows their own passion.



signHOOSAC is our third stop. On a nice fall day when the leaves are turning colours, I can’t imagine where else you’d rather play outdoor sports.

Certainly the number of AP courses got out attention, and the students were from all over — Canada, Netherlands, China, and many more. In fact the international population is roughly at this time, fifty percent of the boarders and that says a lot about the diversity.