Practitioners who work with clients directly have a variety of roles and responsibilities in the practice of AT. Each role represents an important component of the overall treatment process. Some practitioners operate as independent professionals, while others exist within complex program and organizational structures. Whether a practitioner is independent or part of a larger program or organzation, he or she must ensure that standards of competence and scope of practice within the identified role or roles are met.

Practitioner Roles in Adventure Therapy

Practitioners in adventure therapy operate in many different roles, such as an individual therapist providing AT in an office, a multi-disciplinary treatment team member facilitating adjunctive experiences on a climbing wall or high ropes course, or a program consisting of guides and therapists providing AT in a wilderness setting. This section explores the multiple roles and structures found in AT settings.

Training in Adventure Therapy

AT practitioners need to have a well-developed skill set to provide quality client care. Training expectations vary considerably to accommodate for the diverse range of processes and activities employed in the application of adventure therapy. This section explores the training in clinical skills, adventure tools and techniques, and theoretical and practice work involved in integrating both clinical and adventure skills sets. For more information on ethics related to training, refer to the Ethics section on Competence and Scope of Practice.

Supervision in Adventure Therapy

Supervision is a critical component of effective AT practice and is explored in relation to how supervision occurs in AT settings. For more information on ethics related to supervision in adventure therapy, refer to the Ethics section on Competence and Scope of Practice.