Sam Coffman - WFA Course

Taught in Boulder, Colorado at the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism, the Wilderness First Responder 80 hour certification course is a great place to start for anyone who wants to be much more medically self-sufficient.



     Session 1: Monday, December 5th-Friday, December 9th, 2016

     Session 2: Monday, February 13th-Friday, February 17th, 2016

Times: 9:00am-5:00 pm


     Wilderness First Aid Certification (single session) $550

     Wilderness First Responder Certification (both sessions) $900

Location: CSCH Classroom, 2900 Valmont Rd, Unit H-1, Boulder, CO, 80301

For more information and to Register, contact The Human Path!

[box] NOTE: A couple spots may still be available in Session 2. Session 1 isn’t a prerequisite. For more information, contact the Human Path.[/box]

The usage for this material ranges from just being able to take care of your own family in a home emergency, to backpacking, hiking or camping trips, to living in a more rural area, to being stranded in a remote location, to a hurricane Katrina (or worse) situation.

The Wilderness Herbal First Responder certification course is a 10-day, 80-hour course that is taught on-site.  The curriculum for the on-site portion of the course is a complete Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification.

In addition to the on-site WFR, over 12 hours of pre-recorded, online webinars, downloadable materials (and several additional hours of webinar and other videos, documents and handouts, etc.) allow the student to become familiar with practical herbal medicine and herbal first aid as practical and viable alternatives in the field when there may be no higher definitive care available.  Please note that the online portion is ONLY available to students taking the full WHFR (i.e. parts 1 and 2).

Herbal medicine is also integrated to a small but important extent throughout some portions of the on-site course where appropriate.

For the first time, we are presenting the 10-day, on-site course in TWO 5-day blocks of instruction (parts 1 and 2).  Part 1 runs 12/5 to 12/9 and part 2 runs 2/13 to 2/17.  This two-part course is the same curriculum as presented in the normal 10 day program, with the exception that there will be a little bit more time devoted to scenarios and hands-on experience overall.

For students who cannot take the whole course, but can take either part 1 or part 2, it is possible for them to obtain a 16-hour Wilderness First Aid certification (card issued through Emergency Care and Safety Institute).

The full course includes all of the following skills.  WFA curriculum is divided throughout both parts to give students who are taking only part 1 or part 2, a full fundamental basis in Wilderness First Aid.  Please note that while you will get excellent, fundamental, WFA training even if you only take one part of this course, your curriculum will not include all of the full WHFR curriculum points below:

  • Extrication, movement and evacuation techniques in the field
  • Primary and secondary assessment from head to toe
  • Bandaging and splinting techniques from head to toe
  • Taping and stabilizing musculoskeletal injuries for movement and weight bearing in the field
  • Environmental injuries (venomous bites & stings, heat, cold and altitude injuries, lightning, drowning & immersion)
  • Burns
  • Building first aid kits for a variety of scenarios
  • Winter mountain region rescues
  • Winter cold and hypothermia
  • Medicine making, herbal first aid and herbal first aid kits for a field environment
  • Medicinal plant ID walks and field herbalism lectures
  • Field and urban (post-disaster) hygiene and sanitation
  • Sports medicine injury testing and care (short and long term): Dislocations, partial and complete connective tissue tears, fractures, scar tissue
  • Immediate and long-term wound care in the field, including assessing and managing trauma from head to toe and wound & infection management
  • Acute infectious diseases: Viral, bacterial, protozoal, helminthic & fungal.  Gastrointestinal, respiratory, urinary tract, skin.
  • Stabilizing, packaging and transporting injured, including long-range evacuation and survival basics and considerations: improvised stretchers, carries, water rescue
  • Using rope, webbing, knots and lashings
  • Chronic illnesses in the field, including diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular-related illness, arthritis, digestive issues, depression, emotional issues, COPD
  • Medical emergencies
  • Shock and pain management
  • Client history and vital signs, long term management
  • Introduction to basic survival skills
  • Trauma scenarios
  • Post-disaster or remote clinic (trauma, dispatch, command and control center) and apothecary setup
  • Clinical experience: Setting up and working in a remote or post-disaster herbal clinic with actual clients
  • Setting up and running a first aid clinic (remote events, protests, etc.)
  • Three books (for full course, two books if only taking one part)
  • Two certification cards:
    • 80-hour WFR card (for those completing and passing the full course)
    • Either an ECSI Advanced 40-hour WFA card (for those completing the full course) or an ECSI Standard 16-hour WFA card (for those only completing one part)
  • WHFR certificate (92 hour) – for those completing the full course

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John Whiteman
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