Administrative Clinical Practices in AT

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How do you integrate adventure therapy into your existing clinical practices?

As we become therapists, we learn not only about the skills and approaches necessary to work with our clients, but also the administrative practices that ensure we are keeping ourselves and our clients safe, following the rules and laws of our occupation and following the evidence based practices and standards that we are held to.  As we begin to incorporate adventure therapy into our practice, it is common for clinicians to have a lot of questions about how to connect standard clinical practices to the adventure components used in adventure therapy.  This course aims to answer this question!

Target Audience: Adventure Therapists who are integrating adventure therapy into their current therapy practice.

Course Contents:

  • Defining clinical approach, clinical targets, and any EBP integration
  • Intake practices
    • Participant screening for appropriateness, including medical
    • Informed consent and Liability Release
  • Managing clinical risks
    • Responding to SI, HI, aggression, etc.
  • Intervention planning
    • Session structures and sequencing
    • Session follow up including documentation, post-session checklists

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Kim Sacksteder, MSW, LISW-SV

Growing up in rural western Ohio, Kim developed both a love of the outdoors and a passion for helping youth. She took these with her to Columbus, Ohio where she earned a Bachelor’s in Psychology and Master’s in Social Work at The Ohio State University. Throughout her education, Kim worked in the mental health field gaining experience supporting youth with mental health needs and trauma. In this work, she realized the effectiveness of activity in engaging youth and found adventure therapy. In 1999, Kim was hired to build an adventure therapy program at Camp Mary Orton. In this capacity, the importance of mentors and a professional network were highlighted as she found herself on an “island” of adventure therapy in Ohio. She became involved with AEE’s Therapeutic Adventure Professionals Group and was lucky to find her “professional home.” For Kim, this experience created a drive to increase access to training and mentorship for emerging adventure therapy professionals, many of whom find themselves on professional islands as well. Over the next 20 years, Kim gained experience in many aspects of adventure therapy – direct practice with diverse population groups, program development and management of community-based adventure therapy programs, training and supervision for emerging professionals, and leadership within professional organizations. In addition to this, Kim has served AEE as TAPG Best Practices Committee Chair, TAPG Leadership Council Secretary and Chair, and AEE Accreditation Council Member. As co-owner of Adventure Therapist, LLC, Kim is excited to provide adventure therapy training for professionals looking to incorporate adventure into their work!

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