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From the desk of Andrew Powell, CEO of Elements Traverse As I reflect on my years on the trail as a Wilderness Therapy Field Instructor, I marvel at how little I knew of therapy relative to the knowledge I acquired in the ten years since then. One thing I have learned is that although recruiting, vetting, pre-service training, in-service training, and on-the-job training are critical, it is not the quantity but the tone and content of that training that makes all the difference in the instructors' performance.What decides the content? What decides the tone? I believe it is how we see our wilderness therapy staff that makes all the difference. If we see our direct care team as babysitters, we will train and guide them to merely "contain" our clients. And they will be great babysitters. If we see our team as outdoors people, we will spend the bulk of…