Counselor Camp

A Workshop for Chemical Dependency Professionals


Ages 18+ |  September 20 - 22, 2019 | Program Details  | Other Programs  | Return to Community Events & Workshops

Registration IS NOW open for 2019!

Counselor Camp is an inspiring weekend of seminars and activities for Chemical Dependency Professionals who work with Adolescent and Young Adult Prevention, Intervention, Counseling and Treatment Systems.  

2019's theme is "Healing the Adolescent: Mind, Body, Spirit." We will explore methods of healing for adolescents and how we as counselors and mentors can help young people and continue our own healing process along the way.

Counselor Camp is sponsored by Rite of Passage Journeys, the Chemical Dependency Professionals of Washington State (CDPWS), and other local agencies. This event is designed to offer the best evidence-based theory and time-tested practice from a variety of professionals in our own backyard. Earn 13 CEUs for your general conference attendance.

The beautiful camp setting and relaxed camaraderie also provide the opportunity for rest, renewal and healing for those 'doing the work!'

A Pre-Conference Ethics Workshop will take place on Friday, 9/20, from 1-5pm. This workshop is offered for $25 on top of the registration fee, and you'll earn 4 ethics-specific CEUs for attending.

Read this if you've never been to Counselor Camp before.  

Information about this year's workshops coming soon!

Find the 2019 Request for Proposals here! Due date is June 30.

Making a program payment will reserve your space. If you have questions first, you can contact us.




Ages 18 +
All Genders


Friday, September 20, 5pm to
Sunday, September 22, 12:30pm

Cispus Learning Center
Randle, Washington
Directions >


$130 before August 1st, $145 after
Due at Registration

Counselor Camp: 13 CEUs
Pre-Conference Ethics Workshop: 4 ethics CEUs


Questions? Check out our general FAQ page, our program-specific FAQs below, or send us a message!



  • Is there cell reception and WIFI at Cispus?

    No - you will be enjoying an unplugged weekend! A landline is available in the main office for emergencies: 360-497-7131. Cispus Learning Center office is staffed Mon-Sat 8a-4:30p, Sunday 10a-3p, and they will pass on any messages to you.

  • how do we obtain Ceu certificates?

    CEU certificates will be provided to attendees at the end of the conference: 13 CEUs for your general conference attendance and 4 Ethics-specific CEUs if you also participate in the pre-conference Ethics workshop.

  • What are the accommodations like?

    Your Counselor Camp accommodations are shared large cabins laid out in a dormitory style. Each rustic cabin is fitted out with bunk-style beds, bathrooms and showers. You will need to bring your own sleeping bags or other bedding and pillows, as well as your own toiletries and towels. For any sleep issues, please bring ear plugs or other noise-reduction items. If you have fond memories of summer camp, you will love the accommodations!
    An alternative to group cabins is Tent Camping or RV-Camping-without-hookup, located across the road from main Cispus meeting areas. There are grassy spaces and a bathroom nearby, with your shower access in the cabins. (Camping costs the same as your regular conference rate.) When you check in, ask for directions to the camping area.

  • Are there outlets in the cabins for machines, such as C-pap?

    Yes, the cabins have several regular outlets in each area, but not necessarily convenient to all bunks. Get there early to claim a bunk near an outlet or contact us early to make arrangements.

  • can we save BUNK space for our group?

    There are separate cabins/bunk houses reserved for women and for men. Bunking is communal style, and “campers” wanting to bunk with their friends, colleagues and companions can simply stake out a group of bunks in the overall space. If your “buddy” isn’t with you at check in, feel welcome to leave a note holding space for them on a nearby bunk. Counselor Camp is a supportive environment, and there is plenty of space!

  • Is it possible to upgrade to more private accommodations?

    Yes - you can rent trailers from Cispus for $45/night for two people, plus $5 per extra person. Contact Sue at to reserve and pay. The trailer ammenities include: running water, toilets and showers; electricity and outlets; bunk beds, couches and chairs; closets with hangers; a kitchenette and table. You will need to bring your own toiletries, towels, pillows and bedding. It is both comfortable and rustic!

  • What workshops will be offered in 2019?

    We have an exciting initial line-up of workshops scheduled for this year. Click below for the full list of topics!

  • What are the Workshop Settings? And will we have time outdoors?

    Workshops will take place in small indoor classrooms, unless the presenter chooses to spend time outdoors. The indoor temperature is moderate, but please dress in layers so that you can regulate your own comfort. Please take advantage of the beautiful location! We are fortunate to retreat to the wilderness, and spend time together in the fresh fall mountain air. Outdoor activities will be available throughout the weekend, including an evening campfire and morning hikes on local trails. Come prepared to enjoy some time outside with friends.

  • Will you be able to support my food needs?

    Cispus Learning Center will do their best to accommodate food allergies and preferences noted in your registration. As one Planning Committee member observed, please remember that this is not a “healthy-food camp”. With a focus on ensuring that conference pricing is accessible, food costs are a key consideration. You may want to bring any additional food items that will help your stay be comfortable for you

  • WHAT should I bring?

    Sleeping bag and pillow (or sheets and blankets)

    Towel and toiletries (including hand soap)

    Warm layers, rain jacket and/or umbrella

    Hiking boots or other sturdy/water-resistant shoes

    Water bottle, notebook and pen

    Supplementary food if you are vegan, gluten intolerant, or have multiple restrictions or unique needs

    Camera, flashlight, insect repellent (Optional)

    Eye pillow and/or ear plugs (Optional)

    Outdoor chair (optional)

    Item to donate to our Silent Auction (if you choose)

    Cash or checks for the Silent Auction and Recovery Store;
    plus a massage therapist will offer massage CASH ONLY

  • ARE scholarships available?

    Yes! Financial Aid is available to support access to training at Counselor Camp. To apply for financial aid, please register here, and include in the “Comments” field your brief statement (one paragraph) outlining your financial need and your interest in attending Camp this year. Journeys will forward your request to Counselor Camp’s Planning Committee. Their goal is to review and respond within one week. Please note that they typically award half-scholarships.

  • can I attend if i’m not a counselor?

    If you are in the field of working with teens experiencing substance abuse challenges - or are considering the field - this conference/retreat is definitely appropriate for you. Seminars and activities are geared toward prevention, intervention, counseling and treatment. You do not need to be at any particular level of training to attend. It’s a great opportunity to connect with people in the field, learn and share best practices, and nourish yourself.


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