Ellen Behrens, Ph.D.
Since the early 1900’s, mental health research and practice have been informed by clinical case studies.
I imagine that we all remember some of the cases we learned about in our Introduction to Psychology
courses. Do you recall the case of Clever H...
Neal Christensen, Ph.D.
This case study depicts the therapy of a sixteen year old male in wilderness treatment. His diagnoses
included Bipolar I Disorder, PTSD, ADHD, and multiple substance use disorders. His treatment goals
1. Stabilize and reduce stress,
Steven M. DeMille, MS, LCMHC; Mark Burdick, Ph.D.
This case study is about a 16-year-old male treated for oppositional behavior, emotion dysregulation,
family conflict and academic underachievement in an Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare program. The
three primary goals for the functional approach to...
I am a mother of two children, a daughter who is 17 and a son (“Tom”) who is 15. Their father, my
first husband, died when they were 8 and 10. I have since remarried and my husband is a captain
with the local police department. He is a career offic...
Michael S. Petree, MCP; Devon Nanton, SUDC
This case example describes the use of an adaptation of Eric Berne’s Transactional Analysis (TA) with a highlyresistant 17-18 year-old male client in an adventure therapy program (the client entered as an adolescent and turned
18 while in treatment)...
Sean Roberts, M.S., CMHC, NCC, Ph.D. Candidate
This case study depicts the family and intrapersonal journey of an adult client through a wilderness
therapy program. The client was a bright eighteen-year-old male of blended racial identity who
presented with low self-worth, substance use, persis...
Thea Stanford, M.Ed., MFT; Dominic Foti, MA, MHC; Caretia Fernandez, LCSW
This case study focused on a fourteen year old boy in wilderness treatment for Major Depressive
Disorder, Other Specified Trauma-and-Stressor-Related Disorder, persistent complex bereavement
disorder, and Depersonalization/Derealization Disorder. T...
Jared Balmer, Ph.D.
This case presents the treatment of a seventeen year old male for anxiety disorder. The treatment
focused on cognitive exposure therapy and in-vivo exposure for family and school-based concerns.
Since the completion of treatment, the client has had...
Julianna Bissette, Anna Bissette
Julianna Bissette has two daughters and is a college professor. She worked for many years as leader in
outdoor programs. Her former careers include outdoor leadership, human resource development, and
recreational therapy. She enjoys kayaking, garde...
Sara Boilen, Psy.D.
This case presents the treatment of a nineteen-year old female treated at a Therapeutic Boarding
School (TBS) following seven weeks of intensive treatment at wilderness treatment program. Her
presenting diagnoses were Major Depressive Disorder, Rec...
John Hall, LMFT
This case study follows the history, treatment process, and current status three years post treatment
of a young man who wanted to be identified for the purpose of this case study, as Tony Stark from
Malibu California. The diagnoses addressed inclu...
Dennis Hartzell, MA; John L. Santa, Ph.D.; Carol Santa, Ph.D.
In this case study we provide a brief, but detailed description of an intervention by a classroom teacher
that pushed the treatment forward and provides the basic elements of treatment that can change this
young woman’s sense of self and approach t...
Editor: Dr. Michael Gass, Ph.D., LMFT
School of Health & Human Services
University of New Hampshire
Guest Editor: Ellen Behrens, Ph.D.
Undergraduate Psychology & Master’s Counseling