A professional development weekend program on managing mental health and the use of outdoor education programs for therapy and well-being. It is a challenging time for our young people, particularly coming out of COVID and appreciate that mental health issues are often at the forefront of personal development on outdoor ed.
The program was developed and is facilitated by Dr Simon Crisp, practicing psychologist and expert in wilderness adventure therapy.
Training focused on the specialised practices for outdoor and mental health professionals working with and running programs for youth and adults. Highly relevant for outdoor educationalists, youth workers, behaviour support teachers, social workers and others working with challenging clients.
This course aims to familiarise adventure facilitators and therapeutic professionals with essential elements of effective and ethical therapeutic outdoor programs. This is achieved by combining the professional fields of wilderness adventure programming and therapy. The course does not qualify participants as therapists or counsellors, however it does provide an excellent foundation for further training. Completion of this course provides a broad theoretical grounding in therapeutic practices, applied ethics, duty of care and behavioural safety management and how to engage and support clients through a therapeutic process.
Day 1: Friday July 9
- Arrive 5pm
- Key Theory, definitions and concepts of Wilderness Adventure Therapy®
- Applications of the principles of best practice
- Integration with agencies, core business, liaison and referral.
Day 2: Saturday July 10
- Start 8.30am
- Presenting client issues & diagnostic groups
- Client case studies
- Therapeutic outcome and process evaluation
- Program Design and creating a therapeutic environment
- Breakout outdoor sessions throughout the day
- Finish 5pm
Day 3 Sunday July 11
- Optional 6am Sunrise Climb
- Start 8.30am
- Challenging behaviour, conflict management & crisis intervention
- Holistic Risk Assessment and Management
- Responding to critical incidents; trauma management
- Outdoor High Ropes activity and scenarios
Presented by Dr Simon Crisp
Clinical Psychologist Dr Simon Crisp is a pioneer of this type of therapy in Australia, researching and practicing Wilderness Adventure Therapy® clinically and training professionals since 1992. Simon’s background in the outdoors started in the 80’s as an Outward Bound field instructor. Since, he has worked 1,000 days in the field facilitating and developing WAT programs, including doctoral research into it’s effectiveness with mental health disorders and suicidal behaviours.
He researched Wilderness Adventure Therapy® in clinical settings and at Monash University as a Post-Doctoral Fellow. He has an international reputation in the field, and consults to many organisations such as the Victorian Schools Innovation Commission and mental health services.
This course forms part of formalised practitioner and program accreditation in the WAT model through the organisation Simon founded – Neo Psychology. Practitioner accreditation provides recognition for both outdoor leaders and therapeutically trained professionals. The scheme is leading the field as a responsible and accountable means to recognise a minimum level of training in an ethical and evidence-based program that has been extensively trialed in clinical, community and school settings for over 15 years.