8th International Adventure Therapy Conference

Conference Theme

Expanding the Circles

This conference welcomes people who are interested in finding out about Adventure Therapy (AT) or integrating AT into their therapeutic/ counselling practice.
It provides a rich PD opportunity for new and experienced adventure therapy practitioners.
Come for a single day or join the whole five days.

Conference websiteinternationaladventuretherapy.org/8iatc

Registration information: internationaladventuretherapy.org/8iatc/registration/

What is Adventure Therapy?

In Australia this field is often referred to as ‘Bush Adventure Therapy’ (BAT) which can broadly be seen as a form of integrative outdoor healthcare. Encompassed within an ethical, therapeutic and trauma informed frame it combines elements of contact with nature, often in small groups, engaging in healthy adventures of mind, body and spirit. It is a diverse field with people bringing in expertise from disciplines including neuroscience, psychology, social work, mental health practice, family therapy, narrative therapy, occupational therapy, animal assisted approaches and many more.

Via a recent meta-analysis, it has been shown that BAT and AT internationally is moderately effective in facilitating positive short-term change in behavioural, emotional, and interpersonal domains, which appears to be maintained in the longer term. (Bowen & Neil, 2012). This places AT credibly alongside other benchmark approaches such as CBT.

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Conference Theme

Expanding the Circles

For us circles are symbolic of communities, of inclusive practices and wholeness – expanding and contracting yet remaining complete and unbroken. They are also important symbols within Indigenous cultures, and are well used in a variety of ways amongst contemporary Adventure Therapists around the world.

Within the wide arena of international adventure therapy, the 8IATC will provide a space and place to explore:

  • where our practices intersect or overlap
  • where new and old meet
  • what connects us, and
  • what contributions we can make to improve living conditions and environments around the globe.

International Adventure Therapy is a field with ample opportunity for innovation and creativity, and we welcome your contribution.

A range of pre- and post-conference events are on offer around Australia, as well as a strong social program during the conference itself to enhance connections across cultures, professions and paradigms.

More info8th IATC 2018 website

Spotlight presentations include:

  • Adventures in Post-Humanism – Associate Professor Gabrielle Fletcher
  • Adventure Therapy Research and Practice – Nevin Harper
  • Merging Adventure Therapy With Allied Professions – Karen Field
  • At the edge – Exploring the new – Jess Huon
  • Creativity Within Making and Seeing Within an Aboriginal Cultural Place – Professor Liz Cameron and Barbara Allen

Other highlights include:

  • Over 60 workshops and presentations
  • Youth Mental Health Stream
  • Pre and Post Conference Workshops
  • Book launch – The Palgrave Macmillan International Handbook of Women and Outdoor Learning
  • Social Program
  • Family Friendly Program

This event counts as 20 hours of category A CPD for PACFA’s membership renewal requirements

A full conference program can be found here: Conference Program

29/08/2018 - 02/09/2018
9:00 am - 2:00 pm

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