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Where wild things grow: Friluftsterapi as a preventative, health promoting, and sustainable method for children with neurodivergence in school, health care, family and leisure settings in Southern Norway

Joshua Anderson

UK

Hi all, I am an aspirant Adventure Therapist whose goal it is to be a part of the growth of Adventure Therapy here in the UK and worldwide by informing aspirant practitioners of how to get into this field. In my future practice, I hope to co-adventure with teenagers to lakes, mountains, and caves having meaningful conversations. To inform my practice I will combine two professions as an Outdoor Instructor/ Coach/ Guide and Counselling Psychologist which will be underpinned by my outdoor qualifications and therapeutic approaches that I have trained in: Solution Focused Therapy and Clean Language (NLP). I am also a part of the Co-ordination team of Adventure Therapy Europe and a Representative for the Adventure Therapy International Committee.

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An Exploration of Practitioner Identity

Following on from the Adventure Mind conference in the UK we created a directory with Belinda Kirk (Adventure Mind) to identify practitioners from diverse occupations offering mental health services outdoors. We have been asking practitioners to identify their outdoor and therapeutic competence so that we can map their “zone of practice” using the Outdoor Mental Health Interventions Model (Richards et al., 2023). We are curious to see the correlation between self-identified occupation and perceived competence in outdoor therapeutic practice, and how clients and aspirant practitioners select the service they require. This study aims to grow awareness of outdoor therapeutic practices and ensure that those who are running it are safe, and qualified and provide the quality that service users deserve.

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