Dr. J Huffine is a Licensed Psychologist who has worked as a mental health professional for 22 years. He has been employed as a wilderness therapist and clinical director for the past seven years. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Texas in 1977, teaching high school for four years following that. He attended the University of North Texas in the early eighties and obtained a Master’s Degree and Doctorate of Philosophy in Psychology. His graduate school research centered upon learning disabilities and academic underachievement. J worked as a School Psychologist for several years following graduate school. His primary area of expertise was with Special Education populations, especially students with Learning Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Dr. Huffine worked in private practice for 12 years, mostly with children and adolescents. He started working in a therapeutic wilderness program in Texas in 1998. His current professional interests are primarily related to utilizing wilderness in the therapeutic treatment of the more clinically complicated adolescents, including those who may be socially challenged, those with depression, anxiety disorders, learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, and also talented and gifted adolescents.
J enjoys many activities, most of which are outdoors, including backpacking, rock climbing, white water sports, mountain biking, snowboarding, and photographing wildlife.
Michael Griffin, MS, CADC III (or Griff as he is known) was born and raised in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan and has been with Second Nature Wilderness Program since August of 2002. Griff is an alumnus of Eastern Michigan University where he received a Bachelors Degree in Education. He also holds a Masters Degree in Counseling from Oregon State University and is additionally a Masters Level Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC III).
Being a trained clinician and 12 Step Specialist working with young adults gives Griff the ability to use his passion for helping others and his own personal journey to provide a template and guide for clients to change their own lives. It gives him a unique ability to connect with clients in a genuine way. Griff strongly believes in the traditional 12-step model both personally and professionally. Griff conveys that, "The 12-step model in addition to the inherent lessons of the wilderness setting allows young adults to connect with themselves and their families in a way that I have not seen anywhere else. These components together allow work within the Cognitive and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy model as well. What better place to evaluate the way our thoughts and perspectives influence the way we feel and behave then out in nature?"
Before assuming his role of primary young adult therapist Griff worked for years as a primary therapist for adolescents struggling with clinical and addiction issues. He also worked in the capacity of a Second Nature field instructor and began his career as a "Detox Counselor" at an inpatient chemical dependency treatment center in Michigan, where he facilitated clients cultivating adaptive, healthy behaviors in efforts to help achieve long-term sobriety.
Griff lives in Bend, Oregon with his wife and two children. In his spare time Griff enjoys camping with his children, reading, mountain biking and rooting for any Detroit sports team that is playing.