Congratulations to Mike Gass on receiving the 2016 Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Eagle Award!!
Dr. Michael Gass, professor of Outdoor Education in the Kinesiology Department, was awarded the 2016 Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Eagle Award on August 25, 2016 in Park City, UT.
The Eagle Award was created in 2012 by the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Council and is given annually at the Wilderness Therapy Symposium to recognize outstanding contributions to the field of wilderness therapy.
"I can think of no one else who deserves this award more than Dr. Gass. He has been instrumental in moving the field forward. His vision and passion have been key to the growth of an evidence base supporting the effectiveness of wilderness therapy, its safety as well as growing its accessibility through insurance reimbursement. I am proud to work with him and continue the legacy he has built," said Anita Tucker, Associate Director, UNH Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Center, Associate Professor, Department of Social Work.
Dr. Gass, who founded the Outdoor Education program, continues to teach a Therapeutic Applications of Adventure course each fall for undergraduates and graduate students. Through the center he also supports student involvement in healthcare projects throughout the United States.
He received the award at the annual Wilderness Therapy Symposium in the presence of current UNH students and graduates from the Outdoor Education and Social Work programs who work with therapeutic organizations.