Nicholas William White

Teaching Lecturer in Health and Physical Education

Phone: (603) 986-6051
Personal Website:

About Nicholas (Will) White

Dr. Will White is co-founder of Summit Achievement, an AEE accredited Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Program). The program is a hybrid wilderness therapy program in Maine, where Dr. White has been employed for 23 years.  He is a nationally recognized researcher and speaker on the history of the field of adventure and wilderness therapy.  He has been a Teaching Lecturer at Plymouth State University since 2007 and has served on various boards related to the field including the Therapeutic Adventure Professionals Group of the Association of Experiential Education, National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs and the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Council.  He is the author of Stories from the Field: A History of Wilderness Therapy. Dr. White is also the host of a podcast called Stories from the Field: Demystifying Wilderness Therapy

Course Taught in Adventure Education

  • AP3610 – Wilderness Therapy


  • LCSW- Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • MLADC- Master Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor

Research Interests

  • Adventure Therapy
    Wilderness Therapy
    Social Work
    Narrative Studies

Scholarly Publications/ Writings/ Conference Presentations

  • Stories from the Field: A History of Wilderness Therapy 2015
  • Stories from the Elders: Chronicles and Narratives from the early years of Wilderness Therapy 2011
  • History Chapter in Adventure Therapy: Theory, Research and Practice


D.A. Leadership: Franklin Pierce University
M.Sc. Social Work: University of Denver
B.Sc. Psychology: University of Colorado in Boulder