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Calling Outdoor LEaders

Foundations of Bush Adventure Therapy Practitioner Training Course

Do you want to work therapeutically with people from all walks of life?

This practitioner training course will build on your existing knowledges and skills, facilitate exploration of your personal values, ethics and competencies, and help you consolidate a personal practice framework to provide therapeutic experiences outdoors. The immersion and training program are grounded in Aboriginal ways of relating with Country. Input from Aboriginal cultural leaders is provided, and cultural input from Aboriginal participants is welcomed.

DATES: Online connections begin Thurs 11th Aug and close Thurs 6th Oct 2022

4-DAY IMMERSION: Thurs to Sunday, 1-4th September 2022

LOCATION: Online and in-person (Okehampton, East Coast Tasmania)

FEE: $1600 + GST

This fee includes Aboriginal cultural mentorship, Introductory Bush Adventure Therapy materials, Online sessions, 4-day Bush Camp, Integration materials and processes. Fee does not include Transport to/from the venue and Food. Meals are self-catered but may be coordinated with others.

Bush Adventure Therapy and Outdoor Therapy are part of the emerging Outdoor Health sector in Australia, along with other evidence-informed nature-based health practices like Outdoor Counselling, Equine Therapy and Ecotherapy (to name a few).

OVERVIEW

This training course provides an online and experiential introduction to Bush Adventure Therapy for trained outdoor adventure leaders, guides, instructors, educators, and cultural practitioners. The training program offers a progression of knowledge and skills, practical experiences, and opportunities to develop therapeutic practice in a supportive environment. Aboriginal cultural leaders and participants will help to ground us in Country and guide our learnings.

PROGRAM STRUCTURE

A lead-in Information session, Individual planning session, and 2 x online group sessions will prepare us to make the most of our 4 days together. The 4-day immersion includes cultural grounding, experiential learning, and reflective processes to build confidence and skills in working therapeutically with individuals and groups, both in and with nature. Follow-on sessions translate lessons learned into a personal Bush Adventure Therapy Practice Framework. Peer supervision supports the establishment of effective practices in your chosen context.

COURSE FACILITATORS

This introductory course has been collaborative designed by a team of trained outdoor leaders, counsellors, therapists and Aboriginal cultural practitioners.

Participants will benefit from having had some experience facilitating outdoor recreation, education, tourism, cultural experiences, or similar.

Course Schedule

Component

Date & time

Session

Location

Pre-course info sessions

Thurs 14th July: 12-1pm or 8-9pm

Choose a lunchtime or evening information session  

Online 

Pre-course planning

Book a time (60 mins) 

Individual planning session   

Online or in-person

Course Introductions

Thurs 11th Aug 7-8.30pm 

Group session 1 

Online 

Immersion planning

Thurs 18th Sept 7-8.30pm

Group session 2

Online

4-day residential immersion

Day 1 – Thurs 1st Sept 

Grounding in the Cultural landscape   

In-person – Okehampton 

4-day residential immersion

Day 2 – Fri 2nd Sept

BAT Foundations 

In-person – Okehampton 

4-day residential immersion

Day 3 – Sat 3rd Sept

BAT in Action 

In-person – Okehampton 

4-day residential immersion

Day 4 – Sun 4th Sept 

BAT Practice Framework  

In-person – Okehampton 

Post immersion reflective

Book a time (60 mins) 

Individual review session  

Online or in-person

Course integrations

Thurs 15th Sept 7pm-8.30pm

Group session 3  

Online

Final session

Thurs 6th Oct 7pm-8.30pm

Group session 4  

Online 

Registration

Course Registration – BAT Foundations
Payment options
Payment of $1600.00 AU will be required in full prior to beginning the course. You can opt to pay the full amount in one installment, in three installments, or have an invoice made out to your employer if they are paying for you. Please select the appropriate option above.