REGENERATE - Recovering From Family Violence

Ben Knowles, Lani Periera

Session type: Regular forum session
Session duration: 60 minutes

Key words: Family Violence, Trauma, Bush Adventure, Recovery


This presentation draws on learnings from a two-year trial of Regenerate, an evidence-informed DHHS-funded family violence intervention service that uses Bush Adventure Therapy to support the therapeutic recovery of women and children who have experienced intra familial violence and abuse.

This presentation will share stories of practice, and findings from a program evaluation. It will shed light on participant insights and reflections, and discuss effective features of the program from the perspectives of participating women. The four mechanisms of change at work within Bush Adventure Therapy will be discussed, along with a possible fifth mechanism – time for reflection and healing.

About the presenter/s

Lani is the Program Manager of Regenerate and is passionate about using her skills and knowledge to support women experiencing the effects of family violence in their journey towards recovery. After working in the human services sector for over 10 years, Lani brings an array of experience working in areas of homelessness, youth work, settlement services, governance, arts, health promotion, counselling, and bush adventure therapy.

Ben is dedicated towards seeing bush adventure therapy become widely available for people from all walks of life who face difficulty or hardship. Over his working life he has found himself traversing the fields of outdoor education, teaching, training, bush adventure therapy and clinical therapy. Along the way he has completed a Masters in Narrative Therapy and became an accredited member of the Australian Counselling Association. Ben was a founding member of the Australian Association for Bush Adventure Therapy and has held various roles on the AABAT committee including a four-year term as Chair.