CAIU Adventure Therapy intensive

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June 5-8, 2023

This training is designed for practitioners who want to incorporate the Adventure Therapy practice approach into their services. The content will cover a clinical model for practice and will span multiple aspects of AT including: foundations, assessment, intervention, facilitation, technical skills, administration, ethics and values, monitoring, and more! 

The course is centered around a 4-day, 28 hour, in-person training located in Summerdale, PA. The additional 8 hours of course content will be conducted virtually prior to this 4-day program. Participants will be trained in the clinical and technical skills needed to conduct accessible adventure interventions including games, initiatives, hiking, and orienteering. Lunch and snacks will be provided. Participants are responsible for their own transportation, housing, and additional meals.

Program Dates (all times in US Eastern)

  • June 4 from 8-3:30 pm
  • June 5 from 8-3:30 pm
  • June 6 from 8-3:30 pm
  • June 7 from 8-3:30 pm


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What Will You Learn?

  • Understand the foundational concepts, theoretical orientations, and ethics/values that are critical to quality adventure therapy practice.
  • Practice how to plan and implement AT interventions that are based on clinical assessment and case conceptualizations.
  • Explore ways to document, monitor, and evaluate the treatment process and facilitator skills.
  • Know the administrative and risk management expectations and standards involved with using AT in treatment.

Course Content

Welcome to the Adventure Therapy Intensive! The Orientation is a two hour live virtual meeting that will focus on reviewing course expectations, introductions, and how to prepare for the in-person AT Intensive. You will find a PDF attached to this lesson providing important logistical information about the AT Intensive In-Person portion. We will review this information in more detail during the Orientation meeting.

  • Orientation

Introduction to Adventure Therapy
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.

The Facilitated Wave Model
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: An Experiential Approach to Treatment, that they co-authored with Maurie Lung, Kim Sacksteder, Bobbi Beale, and Anita Tucker. This hour-long video describes the clinical process of all forms of adventure therapy interventions. Participants will learn about: 1) assessing their clients, as well as the therapeutic environment to begin the process, 2) matching appropriate interventions based on that assessment, 3) shaping the therapeutic environment, 4) facilitating the selected interventions, 5) guiding the learning throughout this process, and 6) evaluating the process that we intentionally put together. These six steps are the guide to effective application of adventure therapy.

Adventure Therapy Risk Management and Administration
This training is designed to support clinical practitioners who want to incorporate adventure therapy into their clinical practice. Course content covers an overall view of the administrative responsibilities that accompany the use of adventure interventions, including our duty of care, safety, risk management, and documentation. Training participants will be given a framework for self-assessment and suggested next steps for responsibly integrating adventure therapy into practice.

Adventure Therapy Intensive (In-Person)
This 50-hour in-person training provides the venue for learning how to apply the Facilitated Wave Model in practice. It covers core training material as well as technical skills needed to provide a variety of adventure interventions.

Course Evaluation
In order to receive your certificate, it is important to complete the Course Evaluation found here.

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