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Adventure Therapy

Adventure Therapy Intensive Training

September 27 – October 2, 2021
Columbus, OH

This training is designed to cover all of the 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 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!

The course is centered around a 6-day, 50 hour, in-person intensive located at the beautiful Camp Mary Orton in Columbus, OH. The remaining 25 hours of course content will be conducted virtually before and after 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, orienteering, camping and others. This course includes one night of overnight camping. Lunch and snacks will be provided.

Meet Your Instructors

Kim Sacksteder, MSW, LISW-SV, CCAT

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!

Nick Magle-Haberek, MS, MSW, LCSW, CCAT

Nick’s love of adventure and the outdoors has been lifelong.  He grew up on a small farm in Rhode Island, and later attended the University of Maine, where he fell in love with the field of Outdoor Education.  During his time at University of Maine, Nick developed the first of several meaningful relationships with mentors who encouraged him to pursue the field of Wilderness Therapy.  After graduating, Nick followed this advice and moved to Utah to work as a field guide for a wilderness therapy program.  He spent the winters skiing the amazing Utah powder.  Nick followed his passion for Wilderness Therapy and Outdoor Education to the University of New Hampshire where he earned a Masters Degree in Outdoor Education and a Master of Social Work degree.  Nick’s experience with Adventure Therapy practice is broad, and he has served as a field guide, facilitator, therapist, clinical supervisor, program manager, consultant and clinical director.  Nick has been involved in the creation, implementation and refinement of a variety of adventure and wilderness therapy programs and has been an active presenter, developer and leader in adventure therapy communities.

General Skills

  • Client Care
  • Outdoors
  • Environment
  • Basic Land Navigation

Rescue Skills

  •  Emergency Response Planning

Activity Specific Technical Skills

  • Cooperative Games
  • Initiatives
  • Spotting
  • Hiking
  • Creeking
  • Orienteering
  • Outdoor Cooking
  • Campfires

CCAT Hours Details

11 – Facilitation and Processing in AT
16 – Organizational/Administrative Policies in AT
5 – Conceptual Knowledge of AT
6 – Therapeutic Alliance Building in AT
9 – Assessment in AT
11 – AT Interventions
4 – Therapeutic Monitoring in AT
4 – AT Documentation
4 – Professionalism in AT
5 – Socio-Cultural Environmental Considerations in AT

Technical Skill Competency

*all technical skill competencies are established for front-country settings only. This training does not qualify a provider to operate in a backcountry setting.

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