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Introduction to Adventure Therapy

Course Access Opens March 10, 2021!

Adventure Therapy is a modality of therapy that engages clients in the therapeutic process through the intentional use of adventure activities and initiatives. Adventure Therapy is an essential tool for strengthening rapport, building engagement in the therapeutic process and helping clients develop deeper self-awareness and insight. Adventure Therapists are rewarded with a tremendous sense of fulfillment, excitement and enjoyment.

This online course will cover the information necessary to get you started in this field! We will review the core theories of experiential education and Adventure Therapy models. We will review clinical topics such as assessment in Adventure Therapy, adapting activities to match client goals, facilitation strategies and approaches, how to process Adventure Therapy activities, sequencing activities, and encouraging transfer of learning. Finally we will discuss what steps new Adventure Therapists should take to begin integrating Adventure Therapy into their work with clients.

1. Defining Your Mission and Understanding AT Ethics

This training will explore steps you can take to develop your adventure therapy practice through focusing in on your purpose, population, and direction for client work. Material covered will include assessing your current practice, determining where you want to go, undergoing a gap analysis, and developing a logic model for your practice. This is followed up with an exploration of the ethical considerations for providing adventure therapy – clinical, adventure and environmental. Ensure your practice develops in the right direction for you and your clients with this program development training!

2. Adventure Therapy Risk Management Practices

Using adventure activities in therapy comes with professional responsibilities to address risk through both clinical and adventure practices, whether you are walking in a city park or engaging in higher risk adventures like paddling or climbing. In this training, we will review fundamental concepts of risk management, breaking them down into manageable steps. We will explore ways that we assess and manage risk in adventure therapy settings, providing useful tools for adventure therapy therapists to incorporate into their practice!

4. Adventure Activities in Adventure Therapy: Administrative Responsibilities

Interested in incorporating adventure activities into your therapy practice? This training covers the administrative responsibilities associated with using adventure in practice. We will explore how to make decisions about what activities to offer, including considerations about what types of activities to offer, what your clinical intentions are for activities, and what training may be required to offer activities. Practices for adding new activities and program areas are reviewed. Additionally, training and tools will be offered for developing policies, procedures and curriculum to underpin your offerings. Accelerate your program process with this valuable training!

3. Administrative Clinical Practices in Adventure Therapy

Quality clinical adventure therapy practice is best accomplished with a thoughtful process for defining clinical practice approaches, educating clients upon intake about our interventions, preparedness for managing clinical behaviors that may emerge in the course of a session, and session planning and follow up. This training covers each of these topics, focusing on establishing infrastructure for your practice that covers your professional responsibilities related to the clinical aspects of adventure therapy!