What is Adventure Therapy?
According to the Therapeutic Adventure Professional Group of the Association for Experiential Education, the definition of Adventure Therapy is:
“The prescriptive use of adventure experiences provided by mental health professionals, often conducted in natural settings, that kinesthetically engage clients on cognitive, affective, and behavioral levels.”
Adventure Therapy is an experiential form of psychotherapy that is distinct from, and often used as a supplement to, traditional substance abuse treatment and other forms of group behavioral therapy. Adventure therapy takes the individual out of the treatment center environment and gives them dynamic challenges, helping them find purpose and empowerment so they can learn to engage with life and real-world situations on their road to recovery.