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Training and supervision

Upcoming Introduction to Outdoor Therapy Training

We are currently firming up dates for our 2022 training calendar. If you are interested in joining one of our open Intro to Outdoor Therapy courses register you interest. If you would like to organise a tailored course for your workplace, get in touch.


The Adventure Works team deliver training and professional development for various groups. Training participants have included professionals working in roles such as teachers, counsellors, health practitioners and psychologists as well as students from TAFE and University settings. Individuals within our training groups have also included gardeners, lawyers, managers, business owners and people from a range of other backgrounds. Based on identified need, we offer a range of professional development experiences. We also enjoy tailoring training to suit the needs of a particular group. Contact Adventure Works for a conversation about your training needs.

Workshops – we offer 1-hour, half-day, 1-day and 2-day experiential workshops on the following kinds of introductory topics:

  • BAT: Be in it – an active experience of BAT
  • One Size For All? – Tailoring BAT Practices for Your Group
  • BAT Undone – an exploration of experiential learning processes within BAT
  • BAT Risks and Benefits – a look at holistic risk management surrounding BAT
  • Narrative Approaches in BAT – a sequential look at synergies between these two complimentary practices
  • Evaluating your BAT bits – how to evaluate and build BAT evidence
  • BAT Theories into Practice – an exploration of BAT theories and practices

Short Courses – we offer 3-day and 5-day courses on the following topics:

  • Narrative Approaches and Bush Adventure Therapy
  • Bush Adventure Therapy Practices and Programming
  • Creating Safety Creating Challenge.
  • Take your counselling outdoors and into nature

Tailored training programs – these events are designed to meet the training needs of a particular group.

BAT Practitioner Two-Year Training Course

This course is currently on hold as we navigate tertiary pathway options. Register you interest here…

This course guides practitioners in how to develop, deliver, supervise, and evaluate safe and effective Bush Adventure Therapy experiences. Specifically, the course prepares practitioners to combine an intentional use of nature contact, physical activity and group work towards client-directed therapeutic outcomes within a comprehensive psychological safety net.

The course is delivered over two years with year one matched to graduate certificate and graduate diploma levels and year two to masters level. Content is delivered through a range of mediums including online Sessions, Intensive hands-on training blocks, supervised field placements and one to one professional supervision.


We value ongoing professional supervision in our own roles as practitioners. Adventure Works offers a range of supervision services to support others in their work. Our approach to supervision is based on nurturing self awareness, building reflective practice and encouraging a culture of ongoing professional development for all people who work with people*. Because outdoor practitioners tend to be away a lot, Adventure Works provides phone- or online webcam supervision if needed, including out of hours. Contact Adventure Works for a conversation about your supervision needs.

Individual supervision – 1:1 supervision provided face to face, via phone or Skype. At the outset, the practitioner and supervisor decide the frame and goals of supervision.

Peer supervision – supervision provided to a practitioner peer group, either face to face or via teleconference. In these sessions, the frame in which supervision takes place may be developed with the organisation or with the practitioners participating in supervision prior to the first session.

Organisational supervision – supervision provided to coordinators, managers, directors, and leadership teams delivering BAT or similar outdoor practices. This supervision informs, advices and supports standard practices, policies and procedures relevant to the organisation based on Adventure Works in-depth knowledge of the wider fields of Outdoor Education, Outdoor Recreation and Bush Adventure Therapy.

Supervisors training workshop – we deliver 2-day (15 hour) training courses for supervisors of students and practitioners in the field of BAT. (This course is a prerequisite for those wishing to supervise students of the Bush Adventure Therapy Training Course).

The July 2015 Supervisor Training Course in Alice Springs was attended by ten experienced BAT practitioners who are now ready to support BAT students and practitioners.

*In line with standard clinical counselling and supervision protocol we maintain a professional duty of care and follow mandatory reporting requirements for each relevant state or territory.