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A Model for Adventure Therapy Practice: The Facilitated Wave

The Facilitated Wave Model is a model for adventure therapy practice that can be applied to any treatment context! This training is the first in a series that will be provided by Tony Alvarez and Gary Stauffer intended to illuminate the contents of the new book, Adventure Group Psychotherapy, that they co-authored with Maurie Lung, Kim Sacksteder, Bobbi Beale, and Anita Tucker. This first hour-long video describes the clinical process of all forms of adventure therapy interventions.

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!

6. Logistics for Adventure Therapy: Client Care, Equipment, Transportation and Staffing

We are often excited about the opportunity to engage clients in adventure activities, but it can be easy to forget some of the logistics that come with this! In this training, we will cover expectations regarding a variety of areas of client care, including nutrition, hydration, hygiene, infectious disease, medication management, transportation, staffing and others. We will explore industry standards in the adventure field and how they apply in clinical settings. 

5. Emergency Response in Adventure Therapy

In both clinical and adventure pursuits, we have a central responsibility to be prepared to assist our clients in emergency situations. Our legal duty of care also dictates that we plan ahead and prepare for responding to medical and clinical emergencies that may occur while engaged in adventure activities. This training will cover aspects of emergency response including reviewing our duty of care, options for medical training for providers, and development of emergency action plans. 

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!