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Adventure Therapy Intensive

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About Course

Sept 11-16, 2023: Early Bird Rate Ends August 11.

Approved for 30 CE units for social workers and counselors.

This training is designed to cover the primary core training elements needed to begin adventure therapy practice. Built around AEE’s Certified Clinical Adventure Therapist (CCAT) training structure, we’ve designed this training to meet 60 of the 75 required core training hours needed for your CCAT application. The content will span multiple aspects of AT practice: foundations, assessment, intervention, facilitation, technical skills, administration, ethics and values, monitoring, and more! Participants will gain a solid foundation in a model for the clinical practice of adventure therapy.

The course is centered around a 6-day, 50 hour, in-person intensive located at the beautiful Camp Mary Orton in Columbus, OH. The additional 10 hours of course content will be conducted virtually prior to this 6-day program. Participants will be trained in the clinical and technical skills needed to conduct accessible adventure interventions including games, initiatives, hiking, creeking, outdoor cooking, firebuilding, and orienteering. This course includes one night of overnight camping. Lunch and snacks will be provided. 

Register before August 11th to receive the Early Bird Registration rate! This training has a minimum participant number of 8 participants. The decision will be made by August 14th about whether or not the course will be held. If the course is canceled by Adventure Therapist, LCC, registrants will be refunded their full deposit. 

Program Dates (all times in US Eastern)

Aug 11Early Bird Registration Deadline 
Aug 14
Cancellation Date if minimum enrollment is not met
Sept 12-Oct 3Complete pre-course virtual training (8 hours)
Content opens Sept 12.
Aug 21Orientation 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm (live zoom meeting)
Sept 11AT Intensive Day One: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Sept 12AT Intensive Day Two: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sept 13AT Intensive Day Three: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sept 14AT Intensive Day Four: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sept 15AT Intensive Day Five: 9:00 am – 9:00 pm (Overnight Camping)
Sept 16AT Intensive Day Six: 7:00 am – 12:00 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.

Student Ratings & Reviews

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2 years ago
This course was a great experience. Kim and Nick are amazing teachers and clinicians. Take this course.
2 years ago
I very much enjoyed this course and feel much more equipped to implement and explain AT after the course.
2 years ago
I'm so glad I made the decision to attend the AT Intensive, I was on the fence about whether it would help me, being an experienced AT clinician. This training is exactly what I was looking for to obtain my CCAT and it was one of the best training experiences of my life. Kim and Nick are so knowledgeable, helpful, and caring, and it was seriously fun, and I'm surprised at how much I grew as an Adventure Therapist in just one week.
2 years ago
This was an amazing course to have taken part in. Video courses were very informative, and the in-person intensive portion was amazing. So grateful I was able to take part in this. Kim and Nick were awesome. Feel much more comfortable and competent in my AT practice.
2 years ago
I truly truly enjoyed this intensive!
2 years ago
The course is designed to cover so many topics and options for all different types of AT.
2 years ago
This course did a wonderful job of covering all of the AT basics, while also preparing me with the hands-on skills to implement right away with clients. The immersive experience of being a participant and wearing a facilitator hat made it a truly special experience!
2 years ago
Wonderful training, thank you.
2 years ago
Absolutely LOVED this course! I would definitely recommend this anyone that is interested in AT!!!