N. William White

Teaching Lecturer in Health and Physical Education
Phone number: (603) 986-6051
Email: nwwhite@mail.plymouth.edu
Personal Website: http://drwillwhite.com


Will White is a nationally recognized researcher and speaker on the history of adventure and wilderness therapy. a His dissertation is the first in-depth chronicle of the history of wilderness and adventure therapy. He contributed a history chapter to the book Adventure Therapy: Theory, Research, and Practice.

He has presented at numerous conferences including the Wilderness Risk Management Conference, the Wilderness Therapy Symposium, and Association for Experiential Education Conference. Will has been invited to present at Universities on the subject of the history of wilderness and adventure therapy including University of New Hampshire, Unity College, and Plymouth State College. He has also been invited to consult to several organizations including Patagonia, Rippleffect, Outward Bound, and Gould Academy.

Will has served as the Chair of the Therapeutic Adventure Professionals Group of the Association of Experiential Education, Secretary for the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs and is currently representing Summit on the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Council.

As co-founder of Summit Achievement, Will has helped to establish Summit Achievement as the premier adventure therapy program in the Northeast. In his nineteen years at Summit, Will has served as a Primary Therapist, Clinical Director, Clinical Supervisor, and, is currently serving, as CEO at Summit Achievement. He is a passionate advocate for the use of adventure therapy as a catalyst for change.

Degrees and Education

DA, Leadership, Franklin Pierce University
MSW, University of Denver

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

Courses Taught

Adventure Therapy
Wilderness Therapy