Introduction to Adventure Therapy

  • Course level: Beginner
  • Duration 3h
  • Last Update July 22, 2022


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.  

This online course will be delivered through pre-recorded (asynchronous) lessons. Students can also opt to purchase access to weekly class meetings and gain access to the cohort learning group. This option creates a more social learning experience, and allows students more ways to engage with the content and the cohort including: group messaging, forums, private group space and four one-hour synchronous video meetings. These live class meetings will allow students to engage in experiential activities, group discussion, question and answer sessions and team building that bring the course content to life.  

Course Outline

  • Adventure Therapy Foundations
  • Adventure Therapy Models
  • Who Showed Up? Assessment and Activity Selection
  • Facilitating the Adventure
  • Integrating Adventure Therapy into your Practice: Next Steps

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Enrolment validity: 365 days

Target Audience

  • Mental health practitioners who want to incorporate adventure therapy into their practice.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand foundational theories and concepts of adventure therapy.
  • Gain tools for experiential assessment strategies.
  • Know how to select interventions and match them for clinical intent.
  • Gain awareness about practical aspects of incorporating adventure therapy into your practice.


  • 3.0 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

  • Facilitation & Processing in AT: .5 hrs.
  • Organizational & Administrative Policies in AT: .5 hrs.
  • Conceptual Knowledge of AT: .5 hrs.
  • Assessment in AT: .5 hrs.
  • Adventure Therapy Interventions: .5 hrs.
  • Professionalism in AT: 0.5 hrs.

Course Format

  • This course is presented as a pre-recorded, asynchronous video
  • Video recorded on: 03/05/2020


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