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Mache Treviño

Mache Treviño is a nature lover and an endlessly curious explorer, deeply interested in outdoor and experiential education, inclusion, peace-building, social justice and social change. Currently, she works as a lecturer at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, where she teaches Outdoor & Adventure Education. Additionally, she offers consultation services for community development initiatives in Mexico and is an online lecturer for Westhill University in the same country. She has worked for over 20 years on varied projects that combine experiential learning, participatory community development and a person-centered approach in Mexico and Latin America, providing services to diverse populations. She is a psychologist with an MA in Outdoor and Experiential Learning (UK) & in Humanistic Psychology (Mexico).

UWTSD - University of Wales Trinity Saint David / Crecimiento y Aventura, Mexico/UK

Navigating Choice in Outdoor Therapeutic Contexts

In adventure education and outdoor therapeutic contexts, the concept of choice plays a significant role. It encompasses various aspects, ranging from the decision to participate and the level of engagement in specific activities to choices regarding meal preparation and conflict resolution within a group. We firmly believe that offering choices empowers participants to actively and meaningfully engage in adventurous learning experiences that are both authentic and significant.

Ideally, participants should have the opportunity to make real choices that have tangible consequences, allowing them to gain insights into their own decision-making processes. However, it is important to be mindful of various factors that can influence participants' choices and overall experience. Power imbalances, past experiences, social pressures, and societal expectations are all potential influencers on decision-making. It is crucial to avoid giving pseudo-choices, as this can undermine participants and disrupt therapeutic relationships.

As practitioners, we recognize the significance of considering the extent, manner, and timing of offering choices. We continuously challenge ourselves by asking whether participants feel safe enough to make honest and authentic choices. In this workshop, we invite you to join us in exploring the diverse factors that influence choice within the experiences of both participants and facilitators. Together, we aim to create a collaborative space where we can develop strategies that better support agency, empowerment, flexibility, and self-determination for healing and growth.

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