“It’s Not My Adventure, It’s Yours”- How Shifting our Lens on Facilitated Adventure Can Create Amazing Results
Friday 27th May
11.50am – 12:30pm
Health & Wellbeing
Show casing current research into the field of outdoor therapy we will explain how taking a trauma responsive approach to all outdoor services can greatly increase participants positive outcomes and reduce the potential of harm.
Participants will be walked through a framework to plan and run outdoor programs that are focused on improving people’s mental health. Examples of Vic based outdoor therapy programs will be used to show how adventure activities can be safely used to improve people’s mental health and how an evidence base treatment method is tracking programs effectiveness, participants engagement and honoring participants’ feedback.
Hi I’m Doug, I started Gippsland Adventure Therapy because I have a burning passion for helping people access the outdoors and nature for increased mental health and wellbeing. I love sharing experiences with others, I’m at my best when I’m engaged in something outdoors and can see the joy in peoples faces when they feel safe to try something new and challenging. I’ve been working in the outdoor industry since 2003 where I’ve had many roles spanning everything from camp counsellor in the USA to English teaching in China to snow skiing instructor and commercial outdoor adventure guide. Over the past decade I’ve committed myself to working with youth in the out of home care sector where I’ve worked with children dealing with the challenges of developmental trauma. I have completed a Graduate Certificate in developmental trauma, as well as a diploma in community service work and outdoor recreation. I’m planning on working through a diploma of counselling just to round things off nicely. No adventure is too small, my priority is making it accessible to peoples level of comfort. When I’m not running my business I’m out with my family connecting with the beauty of the outdoors in and around Gippsland.
Graham has experience in Residential and Foster Care, Outdoor Education, Adventure Based Youth Work and Adult Training. He leads the Youth Flourish Outdoors team. Graham has spent over 19 years pursuing adventure as therapy for adolescents and is now researching the field through a Doctor in Philosophy degree at Griffith University. He enjoys training adults in adventure therapy and designing programs that stop young people from acquiring mental health diagnoses. Having worked outdoors with young people since 1985 he has also studied widely and holds a Masters of Arts (Outdoor Education), Graduate Diploma in Social Science (Psychology) and a Graduate Diploma in Education. Graham has written a book for youth workers who wish to take young people on therapeutic adventure programs. He and his wife Janelle (also a carer, youth worker and assistant in nursing) live in SE Qld and enjoy using their camper trailer on trips away with their dachshunds. His favourite outdoor pursuits are bushwalking, canoeing and photography.