All Forum Sessions

'Glowing in the dark' - how a father and son found connection through therapeutic caving

Doug Moczynski, Kate Neocleous, Marg Jans


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The presentation will begin with an information session indoors, which will include a session introduction, and will highlight participant selection, clinical assessment tools and outdoor activity planning. The use of a case study will provide a narr

A Gentle Approach To Adventure Therapy

Nicholas Hall


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Session duration: 30 minutes

One to one walk and talk adventure therapy in the outdoors, observations of a ascent into gentleness from five years of practice.

Adventure program that builds life skills, identity and belonging in young people with Autism and other disabilities.

Leighton Smith


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A presentation by Leighton Smith, Program Director and Founder of New Heights Youth Outreach, about his journey from youth worker to adventure therapy practitioner, and how it lead to creating an adventure therapy program for young people with autism

Animals Helping Humans

Wendy Coombe


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Session duration: 60 minutes

Animal-Assisted Interventions (AAI) and Assistance Animals (AA) can help with the prevention and control of mental illness, disease, disability and suffering for people of all ages, and in many settings. AAI is a goal-directed intervention designed t

Bush Club at Birdwings- How we evolved into adventure therapy

Narell Neville


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Session duration: 30 minutes

Bush Club is one of the programs we run for children, it started as a pre-prep program and has evolved into a program for children up to 10 yrs. We had so much success that schools are now participating and children have permission as part of their I

Connecting the body, mind and spirit through our senses; the why and how.

Kaya Lyons


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Session duration: 90 minutes

This workshop will guide a deeper understanding into why, from a sensory perspective, the elements of nature support connecting the body, mind & spirit and how we as facilitators can further enhance the power of our practice.

Connection Before Content: A Pathway to Wellbeing

Mark Collard


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Session duration: 60 minutes

Cross-fertilising Bush Adventure Therapy and Contemporary Green Perspectives within Social Work Education: Describing the investigative and collaborative path taken and providing findings and recommendations to consider new settings.

Amanda Smith, Professor Donna McAuliffe, Dr Anita Pryor


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Session duration: 60 minutes

This session will provide findings and offer discussions where social work and bush adventure therapy meet and describe the process of investigation and collaboration and provide findings and recommendations that have been undertaken.

Embodying the future wanting to emerge

Penny Elsley, Kalindi Brennan


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Session duration: 60 minutes

Expanding the Adventure with Groundwork Therapy

Kylie Peters, Pheobe


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This session will be a hands-on experiential approach to equine facilitated therapy. It will provide a brief overview of the concept of equine facilitated therapy and learning (including all the safety elements and process versus content).

High Ropes as stress exposure; a trauma focused approach

Mike Coker


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A high activity is discussed and conducted to provide an example of stress exposure that is therapeutic rather than re-traumatising. Beginners class.

How nature connection experiences can re-engage upper primary aged children experiencing ongoing trauma.

Claire Mosley


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Session duration: 60 minutes

Discussion and activities with educator Claire Mosley, who works with a small cohort of students experiencing trauma to re-engage them via outdoors and nature connection experiences.

How to arrest PTSD. (By using BAT as your informant).

Mark Cartner


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Session duration: 60 minutes

This session will explore some personal strategies to deal with trauma and PTSD from a serving police officer perspective. We will also discuss potential pitfalls to avoid if you are having to assist PTSD sufferers.

I'm not strange, weird, off, nor crazy, my reality is just different from yours. Lewis Carol (Alice in Wonderland)

Belinda Stovell, Graham Pringle


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Practice reflection and Case Studies to critically look at our practice, share learnings and improve best practice to do no further harm the most vulnerable of young people on your programs.

Mentoring our young leaders – youth at the frontline of outdoor adventurous learning

Kalindi Brennan


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Session duration: 60 minutes

This workshop will document the use of Bush Adventure Therapy in youth development and youth mentoring.

Narrative Walks

Chris Darmody


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Session duration: 60 minutes

Narrative Walks is structured around a day long 20km walk where groups of participants will use narrative therapy techniques to explore the storylines that sculpt their lives and look to make positive changes.

Nature Freedom - an organisation for everybody

Mathew Townsend


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Nature Freedom is a NFP social enterprise, aimed at young people with disabilities and mental health issues to find their passions and connection with nature by employing and supporting them in an inclusive environment. Founder Mathew Townsend will s

Nature Reflections for improving Self Awareness - Kit Kline

Kit Kline


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Session duration: 60 minutes

Reflections Through Nature is an opportunity for a person to create an awareness of their inner world by reflecting on the outer world.

NDIS meets AT: Perfect Match or Irreconcilable Differences?

Melinda Everett, Sharon Camac


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Session duration: 60 minutes

Diverse new businesses and niche services are developing to meet the needs of a new market segment of customers empowered by the roll out of the NDIS. How can the services of Adventure Therapy providers fit within an NDIS environment and what needs t

Paediatric camps to support recovery and well-being of young people with burn injuries in Queensland

James Neill, Arron Sullivan, Megan Simons


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Session duration: 60 minutes

This session explores the potential of therapeutic camps for people with physical health conditions by sharing about a program for children with burns, which is a collaboration between Children’s Health Queensland and PCYC Bornhoffen, and an accompan

Professional Individualised Care and BAT

Sharleen James


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Session duration: 60 minutes

The session will discuss and explain the Professional Individualised Care (PIC) model, how it is different to the traditional Out-of-Home Care (OOHC) approach in New South Wales, the benefits to the model and ways in which BAT can provide supports to

REGENERATE - Recovering From Family Violence

Ben Knowles, Lani Periera


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Session duration: 60 minutes

Drawn from the words of women who participated, this presentation explores how BAT supports women and their children in their journey away from the effects of family viloence.

Relationships That Work: Fostering Favourable Therapeutic Alliances with Adolescents in Adventure Therapy Settings

Will Dobud


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Session duration: 60 minutes

This interactive include time spent indoors and out. Groups will explore what works in creating helping relationships in therapeutic settings. Focusing on adventure therapy, feedback provided by real participants and videos of practitioners working i

The origins and value of storytelling

Dr Gregory P. Smith


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Session duration: 60 minutes

Through The Eyes of the Participant: What Can We Learn From Adventure Therapy Experiences

Will Dobud


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This workshop will explore real participant experiences in adventure therapy, providing opportunities for attendees to reflect on their practice. This workshop will contain a balance of group discussion and experiential activities to further the lear

Two outcomes: Self in community ... I am: Working together – finding connection … We are writing about country.

Judy Atkinson


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Session duration: 90 minutes

Two outcomes: Self in community … I am: Working together – finding connection … We are writing about country.

Unplugged, but in touch: Program evaluation in the digital age

Rebecca (Becky) Harth


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Session duration: 60 minutes

Digital technology is often an obstacle to young people connecting with others and the natural world, but when used carefully it can also be a powerful tool to evaluate programs, support staff, and advocate for outdoor experiences – based on wisdom f

Whittling as Bush Adventure Therapy

Nicki Farrell, Vicci Oliver


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Session duration: 90 minutes

Teaching children the art of safe whittling

Working with At-Risk Youth through Intentional Practice in a Wilderness Therapy Context

Linda White


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Session duration: 90 minutes

Writing a grant application that gets results.

Dane Cross


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Session duration: 60 minutes

If you’ve ever sat staring at a computer screen wondering how to write a grant application to fund a program, this session will examine what works, what does not, and how to impress the judges.