AT Program Development


From Idea to Implementation…

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.

Perfect for:

Therapists, counselors, and other helping professionals who have an idea or a vision for the type of Adventure Therapy practice or program they want, but need information and support to make it come to fruition.

Course Contents:

Course #1 Defining Your Mission and Understanding the Ethics

  • Mission and purpose
  • Strategic planning
  • Ethics

Course #3 Administrative Clinical Practices in AT

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

Course #5 Emergency Response in AT

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

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

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


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!

Get the extra support you need

The ‘Adventure Therapy Program Development Series & Consulting’ package gives you access to an additional 9 hours of group consultation to get additional support and accountability from Kim and a small group of Adventure Therapy practitioners.  The content of these monthly calls expands upon the course content and gives you the opportunity you need to ask questions, discuss nuances, hear others’ solutions, and build a community of like-minded colleagues.

Choose Your Path Forward…

Course Series Only


Enroll in the pre-recorded courses only. Complete the course work and implement at your own pace.

  • All 12 hours of course content
  • Take it at your own pace
  • Resource documents and templates
  • Certificates of Completion
  • 1 year access
Course Series & Consulting


Enroll in the pre-recorded courses and gain access to monthly group consultation and extra resources!

  • All 12 hours of course content
  • Six 90-minute group consultation meetings
  • Resource documents and templates
  • Certificates of Completion
  • 1 year access
  • Next Cohort: June-Aug 2022