Inspired by his MSW field placement at Colorado’s Outward Bound School, where substance-abuse treatment culminated in a wilderness trip aimed at relapse prevention, Christian Itin (MSW ’87, PhD ’97) has become a trailblazer in every sense of the word. A social work educator, he focuses his research and teaching on experiential education and the application of wilderness and adventure-based practice among HIV/AIDS patients, Veterans and Native Americans. Itin was the founding faculty member of the Greater Rochester Collaborative MSW Program, a joint effort by the State University of New York at Brockport and Nazareth College in upstate New York. In 2005, he joined the Social Work Department at California’s Humboldt State University, where he’s now a full Professor and Director of the MSW Program. The author of two adventure therapy texts, Itin is President of the Association for Experiential Education and lectures internationally.