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Behavioral First Responder Certification

About the BFR Courses

Are you an outdoor professional or experiential educator looking to enhance your skills in responding to behavioral emergencies? Look no further than the Behavioral First Responder Level 1 & Level 2 courses. These courses are designed to equip you with the knowledge and tools necessary to effectively handle a variety of behavioral episodes in outdoor settings. Whether you're leading a group on a wilderness expedition or facilitating a team-building activity, these courses will give you the confidence to navigate challenging situations and keep yourself and your participants safe while promoting mental and behavioral health.

Behavioral First Responder Level 1 or 2

The Behavioral First Responder Level 1 Certification is tailored to meet the unique needs of field staff in the outdoor industry. This certification focuses on providing hands-on skills and practical techniques essential for effectively managing behavioral issues in the field.

As a field staff member, your role involves direct interaction with participants in various outdoor environments. This certification equips you with the necessary tools and knowledge to confidently handle and respond to behavioral challenges that may arise during expeditions, courses, or outdoor programs.

Throughout the Behavioral First Responder Level 1 Certification, you will engage in immersive learning experiences emphasizing practical application. From scenario-based simulations to real-life case studies, you will have ample opportunities to practice and refine your skills in a supportive environment.

This certification covers a wide range of topics specifically relevant to field staff, including:

  1. Recognizing and assessing behavioral issues in outdoor settings.

  2. Implementing effective communication techniques to de-escalate tense situations.

  3. Applying appropriate crisis intervention strategies.

  4. Utilizing conflict resolution techniques in group dynamics.

  5. Developing strategies for creating a safe and supportive environment for participants.


What People are Saying

Here at Alpenglow, we believe in transparency. If you want to see what people are saying about the BFR, check out the feedback below which is unedited, from previous students. 

Feedback Summary


I learned a lot in this course.


This information will help me with my students/campers.


The information presented was clear and easy to comprehend.


The theories and foundational information of the BFR were helpful.


The information presented in this course was relevant to what I do.


This information will help me with my staff.


This course taught me usable action items I can implement with people who come to my program.


I would recommend this course to a colleague.

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