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Adventure Therapy 3-day Training

Connecting Adventure, Therapy, Group and Self

Location

Lliria, Valencia, Spain.
Venue: Llometa de Llavata

Participants requirements

Experience with groups in outdoors settings and experiential approach.

Fluency in English is required since the workshop will be provided in this language.

Only 15 people can participate. “First come first served”policy will be applied.

Training purpose

1. To provide stimulus for people who want to develop their understanding of adventure therapy and who want to develop their capacity to facilitate therapeutic processes using adventure and group processes.

2. To deepen participants’ understanding of the interdependencies between adventure activities, group processes, therapeutic interventions and their own personal style as facilitators.

Training description

Adventure therapy is not a set of techniques that provides pre-determined outcomes. Rather, it is what emerges in the interplay between the physical setting, the activities, the group itself and the ‘animation’ provided by the facilitators.

The workshop is an interactive exploration of the rich interdependencies between adventure activities, the ways in which groups interact and the living being of the facilitator – in the setting of therapeutic intent.

This is an opportunity for those with an interest in and/or a passion for adventure therapy to interact with each other and the facilitators to enrich their practice as leaders of groups that utilize adventure for therapeutic purposes. The workshop will locate the ‘person’ of the practitioner as the central factor and will enable participants to explore how their own world views, personalities and characters emerge in their work as facilitators of adventure-based interventions.

The workshop will consist of a series of mini-seminars and hands on skill-training that will be integrated with experiential events in the whole group and in sub-groups. Some pre-reading will be offered to participants.

About the facilitators

Luk and Martin have extensive experience as a training and development team, having facilitated workshops together in Hungary, South Africa, France, New Zealand, Australia and Japan. They both share a passion in working with groups, collecting forest mushrooms, hiking in nature and renovating houses…

(He can be reached at luk@lukpeeters.be)

Luk Peeters
(Belgium)

Luk has been working in the Experiential Outdoors since 1985.

He holds a master in educational sciences and is a Gestalttrainer, -supervisor and -therapist and person-centred therapist with specialisations in Existential and in Group Psychotherapy. He currently is a self-employed Process Facilitator and consultant, staff member of an Emotion Focused Therapy training program and of a Group Psychotherapy specialization. He is one of the co-chairs of the Adventure Therapy International Committee and has been an Outward Bound trainer for more than 30 years, facilitating various target groups. He was the co-founder of Exponent, a European Challenge Course Construction and Training Company.

He presented at several international conferences and is the author of a number of articles addressing the use of adventure and nature in supporting psychotherapeutic processes.

Luk is still passionate about the ‘vertical dance’, gardening, wild mushroom picking and mountains.

(see www.groupinstitute.com for more information)

Martin Ringer
(New Zealand , Australia & France)

Martin has an extensive history of involvement in adventure education and adventure therapy. For most of the ‘80’s he ran bicultural programs for youth (in NZ), initially with a developmental focus and then for four years he was Director of a national pilot research adventure therapy program. During the 90’s Martin moved to Perth and in 1997 he was the convenor of the first international adventure therapy conference (1IATC) at UWA in Perth.

Since that time Martin has continued to deliver workshops on adventure-based learning and group dynamics in a wide range of countries around the world, as well as teaching on the Masters of Psychodynamic Counselling & Psychotherapy course at Edith Cowan University in Perth, Western Australia. He has published many papers on experiential learning and on working with groups. His book “Group action: The dynamics of groups in therapeutic, educational and corporate settings” which is largely based on adventure-based learning, was published in 2002 and is still in print.

Martin’s other passions are sculpting in stone, renovating his summer home in France and collecting forest mushrooms.

Price: 250 euros

(Food and accommodation included)

Enrolling instructions

1. Complete the inscription form

2. Receive confirmation

3. Make the payment at:  ES24-2100-7351-0002-0002-8969     BIC (SWIFT): CAIXESBBXXX

4. Receive confirmation.

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