BAT in Action: Facilitating therapy within bush adventures

When: 28/07/2017, 12:00am to 01/08/2017, 12:00am
How Much: $1050 ($945 AABAT members)
Where: Tasmania - The Lea Storm Hut (15 mins from Hobart)

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BAT in Action: Facilitating therapy within bush adventures

In Australia Bush Adventure Therapy (BAT) is increasingly understood as a viable alternative to conventional forms of counselling and therapy. Grounded in experiential learning, nature contact and adventure experiences, research affirms the capacity of BAT to support individuals, families, groups and communities towards positive change and enhanced wellbeing.

Adventure Works invites interested people to participate in this 5-day residential short course to deepen peoples’ understanding of some of the practices, impacts and applications of BAT.

The format of this short course parallels a BAT experience from the perspectives of participants, facilitators and administrators. Participation involves personal and group developmental processes as well as ‘hands on’ skill development. Experiential group work exercises will be used as learning tools, with participant journals used as a means for recording personal insights and strategies.

Course overview

On completion of this short course participants will understand the frameworks, systems, processes and practices that underpin BAT, and be readied as a minimum to assist the delivery of BAT services alongside experienced BAT practitioners.

Participants will have the opportunity to:

  1. Understand foundational underpinnings of BAT and begin to develop a personal rationale for uses of BAT with specific client groups
  2. Explore some design and evaluation principles in relation to the development of BAT services, including tailored participant care and legal and ethical obligations
  3. Experience a therapeutic milieu which draws on group work principals and therapy and counselling techniques
  4. Discuss BAT transitions and integration of BAT within wider social service systems.

Workshop topics include:

  • Foundational premises and values
  • Program design and evaluation
  • Participant recruitment and selection
  • Working with group dynamics and developmental processes
  • Essentials of a reflective practitioner
  • Fostering a therapeutic milieu
  • Therapeutic processes and tools
  • Legal and ethical dimensions
  • Intentional conversations
  • Responsible transitions
  • Integrating the BAT experience.


Frequently asked Questions;

How much does the Course cost?
$1050 (BYO food)

Who can apply for this Course?

People with a passion for learning alongside other people, with an interest in working outdoors within a therapeutic framework.  Participants also need a willingness to explore personal and professional dimensions within BAT and spend time in outdoor environments.

What is Adventure Works?

AW offers a suite of BAT services in Australia, including programs, counselling, training, supervision, research, evaluation and partnerships. We aim to provide greater access to BAT so that more people benefit from this distinctive healing approach.

How do I find out more about the Course?

Contact the course coordinator:

Peter Rae

Phone: +61 407 884 114



How do I register for the Course?

Please register online at the Adventure Works Website

Presenter Information

Ben Knowles
Ben is dedicated to seeing bush adventure therapy become widely available for people from all walks of life who face difficulty or hardship. Ben has experienced and witnessed the self-affirming and life-changing joy of time spent in the bush and the breadth of healing that can accompany this. As a child and young man Ben spent a great deal of time exploring his local bush in the Adelaide hills and the mountains and the forests of central and western Victoria. He grew up living in a country pub, on small farms and in small communities. These early experiences laid a foundation for his therapeutic practice which is grounded in the lived and unfolding experience of people, culture and place. With over 15 years of experience, Ben decided it was time to make good on a long-held plan to begin what is now Adventure Works. More:

Anita Pryor
Anita has been a keen practitioner, trainer and researcher in BAT since the early nineties. At a young age, Anita noticed that adventuring with friends and family in natural environments made her feel good and she wanted to share that with other people. After over two decades of doing just that, Adventure Works is her way of putting it all together. She wants to increase uses of outdoor adventure for therapy and expand people’s opportunity to experience the healing potential of BAT. Anita’s approach comes from the belief that humans benefit from contact with nature and that ‘good therapy’ is not something ‘done’ to another person, but co-created. More:

Pete Rae
Pete has worked professionally as an outdoor leader, educator and practitioner in BAT for over 20 years and has enjoyed his own personal adventures in the outdoors for nearly 40 years. He brings experience in program development, administration and management to the Adventure Works team, and has helped establish program operations. Pete has worked across a range of outdoor activity disciplines and modes of delivery with children, young people and adults, in groups and with individuals. In his spare time Pete works on his family’s organic hobby farm and escapes for adventures in Tasmania’s fantastic outdoors with his family. More: