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About the Behavioral First Responder Certification

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Behavioral First Responder (BFR) is the definitive course in behavioral healthcare training for outdoor educators, camp counselors, guides, SAR team members, and others who work or play in the outdoors. The curriculum is comprehensive and practical, including all of the essential principles and skills required to assess and manage behavioral problems in Experiential Education. The online format makes the course convenient and flexible and allows you to earn your certification on your own time.

What to Expect

The online certification will take you about 30 hours. It includes modules and assessments on theories and techniques borrowed from social work, psychology, and counseling. It will help you understand what is going on beneath the surface when your students have behavioral issues.

Certification Format

This course covers the brand new material and can't be found anywhere else. It is designed for students and professionals who have tight schedules and the self-discipline to complete approximately 30 hours of coursework.


Students will have access to the BFR certification information for three years from completion of the certification. They are required to complete the assigned reading, case studies, study guide, online videos, and assessments.


There is no required textbook for this certification. However, if you are interested in the curriculum in textbook form, you can purchase Behavior and Group Management by Dr. Alan Ewert and Dr. Curt Davidson.

Completion and Grades

Successful completion with certification is based on 100% completion, an 80% or better on each assessment, and a score of 80% or better on the final exam. Alpenglow is committed to making reasonable accommodation for any student with special needs.


All eligible students who complete the course will receive their certificate to complete the Behavioral First Responder, which remains valid for three years.


Individuals can earn Re-certification any time during the three years following your course. Re-certification involves completing an additional 12 hours of continuing education on the BFR website.


There are no prerequisites for the BFR Certification.


The following is an example of the curriculum included in the BFR Certification.

  • Strengths-Based Approach

  • Ecological Systems Theory

  • De-escalation Techniques

  • Students with Suicidal Ideation


  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder

  • And much more!

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