Amy Finlayson and Camille Grec pioneer SWC's new Vision Quest Leadership certificate. They will facilitate their first vision quest ceremony for a small group of community members in October 2013. Location shown is Ojito Wilderness, New Mexico.
Southwestern College is now offering a certificate in Vision Quest Leadership, appropriate for mental health counselors and other professionals who desire to work with adults and youth in wilderness rites of passage/vision quest ceremonies.
Students who wish to facilitate rites of passage/vision quests with youth or adults may choose the Vision Quest Leadership Certificate by completing 200 contact hours as follows:
-Vision Quest (60 contact hours)
-Vision Quest Assisting (60 contact hours)
-Vision Quest Leadership Independent Study (80 contact hours)
In addition, the student who chooses this option must also complete a Wilderness First Aid/CPR or Wilderness First Responder course in the community. This certificate provides a basic foundation in the ceremonial, logistical, and safety skills required for facilitating rites of passage/vision quest with youth and adults in wilderness settings.
Students and community members may apply to this 200-contact-hour track after completing a 60 hour Vision Quest; the director of the program must approve candidates to be eligible for this program.
By signing up for three sequential courses (Vision Quest, Vision Quest Assisting, and Vision Quest Leadership Independent Study) and by completing a Wilderness First Aid course, students can acquire the basic skills of organizing and leading a Vision Quest, and earn the Vision Quest Leadership Certificate.
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