Adventure Therapy Program Development Series

  • Course level: Intermediate
  • Duration 12h
  • Last Update July 22, 2022


Building an Adventure Therapy program is a unique challenge!  As a therapist, you probably understand how to provide effective treatment, but building and growing an adventure therapy practice requires a remarkable combination of skills: providing therapy, running adventure activities, and managing risk… all while maintaining a focus on providing meaningful experiences to your clients!  For many aspiring adventure therapists, this challenge is exacerbated by the fact that a lot of this information can be hard to find.  That is why we created the Adventure Therapy Program Development Series!

This series provides you with access to SIX courses designed to help you take your Adventure Therapy dream from idea to reality.   If you have an idea or a plan for the type of Adventure Therapy program you want to build, this course walks you through six different phases to go from vision to implementation.

Course Outline

Course #1 Defining Your Mission and Understanding the Ethics

  • Mission and purpose
  • Strategic planning
  • Ethics

Course # 2 Risk Management Practices in AT

  • Risk management fundamentals
  • Hazard assessment and risk analysis
  • Managing risks from environment, activities or participants
  • Documenting and analyzing incidents and near misses

Course #3 Administrative Clinical Practices in AT

  • Defining clinical your approach
  • Intake practices
  • Managing clinical behaviors
  • Intervention planning

Course #4 Adventure Activities in AT: Administrative Responsibilities

  • Deciding what activities to offer
  • Understanding training expectations for offering activities
  • Policy, procedure and curriculum development for activities

Course #5 Emergency Response in AT

  • Types of emergencies
  • Emergency action plans
  • Serious incident protocols

Course #6 Considerations for Nutrition, Hygiene, Med Management, Transportation and Other Logistics

  • Nutrition
  • Water
  • Medication management
  • Hygiene
  • Transportation
  • Partnering

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The course did a great job of teaching all that is needed to effectively provide adventure therapy treatment to clients.

I hope you all enjoy the course! I loved putting it together : )

Incredibly helpful in decreasing stress and overwhelming feelings. Provides a place to start


Enrolment validity: 365 days

Target Audience

  • Practitioners using adventure therapy in practice.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the administrative responsibilities associated with providing adventure therapy interventions.
  • Be able to articulate our professional duty of care and how to address this in practice.
  • Know how to evaluate clinical benefit versus risk in determining when and how to use adventure therapy interventions.


  • 12.0 hours of CCAT credit are offered upon completion of the full course and evaluation. Evaluations are completed as a lesson at the end of each course. Completion of the evaluation is required to be issued a certificate. The certificate will be available for download upon marking each lesson complete, completion of the evaluation, then marking the course complete.

CCAT Hours

  • Organizational & Administrative Policies in AT: 9.5 hrs.
  • Adventure Therapy Documentation: 1 hrs.
  • Professionalism in AT: 1 hrs.
  • Socio-Cultural / Environmental Considerations in AT: 0.5 hrs.

Course Format

  • This course is presented as a pre-recorded, asynchronous video
  • Video recorded on: 02/05/2021


If accommodations are requested for this course, please submit requests to [email protected]