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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 Professional Identity, towards an interdisciplinary profession

Part 1:

Following on from the Adventure Mind conference in the UK, Stephan and Joshua 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, qualified and provide the

quality that service users deserve.

Part 2:

Stephan and Joshua are joined by Heidi in this segment, where we introduce the Professional Identity

and Interdisciplinary Practice in Outdoor and Adventure Therapy (PIIP) model. This model aims to

help practitioners effectively communicate their practice, fostering dialogue and promoting a cohesive

understanding of our pluralistic and interdisciplinary field. By utilizing a process of representation and

integration, the PIIP model illustrates how we can strengthen the practice of Outdoor and Adventure

Therapy while incorporating insights and methods from various disciplines. We will provide a resource

for practitioners to take away, enabling them to reflect on and enhance their professional identity and

interdisciplinary practice.

 

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