Awareness, Prevention and Empowerment: The Role of Ministry and Substance Abuse

Tim Walsh Tim Walsh

Tim Walsh is Director of Experiential Learning at Newport Academy, a teen rehabilitation center with the mission to provide teens and their families with care and treatment for trauma, mental health issues, eating disorders, and substance abuse. Walsh is a mental health professional, outdoor educator, certified recovery coach trainer, and recovery expert. He has more than 20 years of experience leading programs for young adults, adolescents, and families. Particularly, Tim has spent decades cultivating his expertise in program development. He is a thought leader in adventure-based counseling and recovery. However, his main areas of expertise include youth mentoring, outdoor leadership, prevention, and recovery coaching.

He is cofounder and director of Adventure Recovery, an outdoor education and mentoring group. As one of the founding members, Tim spent five years as Executive Director of Mountainside Treatment Center in Canaan, Connecticut. At Mountainside, he created the center’s adventure-based counseling program. Also, prior to this, Tim spent 10 years at the Mountain Workshop, an outdoor leadership school, as Program and Staff Development Director. In addition, he is a consultant and former youth director for the New Canaan Congregational Church youth programs since 1998.

Tim develops and facilitates awareness programs for private schools, youth development agencies, and national conferences. Hence, his unique model of engagement draws young people in. As a result, Tim generates a dynamic, solutions-based conversation on mental health and substance use awareness.