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Rich (Tilly) Tildesley

Venture Trust/Association of Outdoor Therapy, UK

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Rich Tildesley (Tilly) is an Outdoor Therapist at Venture Trust in Scotland. He has over 20 years of experience in working with marginalized groups in the outdoors in remote locations throughout the world.

He was the Senior Development Trainer on the Venture Mòr Wilderness Therapy programme, the first of its kind in the UK. He has a BSc (hons) in Conservation and Countryside Management an MSc in Outdoor, Environmental and Sustainability Education, a PGDip in Human Relations and Psychodynamic Counselling and is an experienced MTA Mountain Leader. He is a MBACP registered counsellor and is a Senior Associate Member of the Association for Psychodynamic Practice and Counselling in Organisational Settings.

Introducing the Association for Outdoor Therapy (AOT)

We are excited to introduce the Association for Outdoor Therapy (AOT), a professional organisation dedicated to advancing the practice of outdoor therapy in the UK. AOT provides guidance and support to practitioners, promoting safe, ethical, and sustainable approaches to outdoor therapy. Our mission is to build a thriving community of practice, enhance knowledge and understanding, and develop capability in the field. We aim to elevate outdoor therapy to a recognised and valued practice that benefits individuals, society, and the environment. 

In this presentation, we will introduce our association's members, mission, vision, and aims, and provide examples of how AOT can benefit its members.

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