Bush Adventure Therapy (BAT) support young people in: discovering their potential; building self-efficacy, resilience, and confidence; challenged and developing team work; healthy relationships; learning helpful behaviors and positive/protective life skills.
Young people discover who they are and what they are able to achieve when they choose to set their mind and heart to their own goals. In re-authoring of their lives within a 'safe space', Bush Adventure Therapy is a practical way to develop skills and confidence in a challenging outdoor setting within a safe, temporary therapeutic community.
Bush Adventure Therapy activities include:
'Sailing On' : 4 pre-journey preparation and therapeutic group formation days, an 8 day sailing and camping therapeutic journey on the Gippsland Lakes in Victoria, Australia. This being the core therapeutic process in helping to create long-lasting change in young people's lives. We then have a follow up day post journey, offer individual support as required and then some months later a 'Follow Up Camp' to reconnect, tell stories, encourage each other to continue our growth and close the Sailing On experience for that group.
Weekend camps: hiking, sailing, base camping, ropes courses
Day trips: surfing, rock climbing, mountain bike riding, snow boarding, low and high ropes, caving and river sledding.
Shorter sessions: 'walk and talk' in a park or bush setting. We also use dogs or peoples pets where appropriate to assist with the therapeutic process.
Unlimited and No Limits program also utilises BAT in day trips and weekend hikes.
Image: Reflection time during Sailing On & Sailing On participants make a group deal, aim to support one another, make a commitment to be authentic, encouraging and respectful of one another during the camping and sailing journey.
Robert is a member and previous Vice Chair of Australian Association of Bush Adventure Therapy.