Bush Adventure Therapy is a diverse field of practice combining adventure and outdoor environments with the intention to achieve therapeutic outcomes for those involved. (AABAT)
Adventure therapy, as a distinct and separate form of psychotherapy, has become prominent since the 1960s. Influences from a variety of learning and psychological theories have contributed to the complex theoretical combination within adventure therapy. The underlying philosophy largely refers to experiential education. Existing research in adventure therapy reports positive outcomes in effectively improving self-concept and self-esteem, help seeking behavior, increased mutual aid, pro-social behavior, trust behavior and more.
Adventure therapy encompasses varying techniques and environments to elicit change. These include cooperative games, problem solving initiatives, trust building activities,high adventure (rock climbing/rappelling, ropes courses, peak ascents); and wilderness expeditions (backpacking, canoeing, dog sledding, sailing, etc.). Wilderness therapy, adventure based therapy, and long term residential camping are the most common forms of adventure therapy.
The Australian Association for Bush Adventure Therapy Inc. is a professional body for practitioners who have an interest in supporting, developing and promoting the field of Bush Adventure Therapy in Australia. The breadth of our work is guided by our intended actionsdocument. We encourage interested persons to connect with the association and get involved in the many areas of work the association is engaged with.
The Sea School delivers fun programs with a heightened sense of adventure by using both literal and metaphorical voyages of discovery. Activities such as sailing, snorkelling, paddling, bushwalking, island camping and sunset reflections help us to learn about the magnificent ocean and how we can use our strengths wisely. We pay close attention to creating a safe, positive learning environment for all participants, trainees and staff. Our skippers are truly amazing, you will love it!
Blue Peter is our training program for sea leaders, focussed on skills development, group facilitation and personal growth through adventure education and expeditionary learning processes.
Roma House, Mission Australia
Bornhoffen is Police-Citizens Youth Club’s (PCYC) Leadership Development Centre.
We are a not for profit community organisation and social enterprise located at Natural Bridge in the Gold Coast hinterland.
Our purpose is to inspire young people to be self aware, to build their social skills and to contribute positively to their community.
Our services include:
- Group Accommodation and Conference/Retreat Facilities
- Professional Catering or Self Catering
- School Outdoor Education Programs
- Youth Leadership Programs
- Centre-based or Expedition Programs
- Youth at Risk Intervention Programs in partnership with other agencies
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