2nd Edition

Adventure Therapy Theory, Research, and Practice

    512 Pages 54 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    512 Pages 54 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This revised text describes the theory substantiating adventure therapy, demonstrates best practices in the field, and presents research validating the immediate and long-term effects of adventure therapy.

    A leading text in the field of adventure therapy, outdoor behavioral healthcare, and wilderness therapy, the book is written by three professionals who have been at the forefront of the field since its infancy. This new edition includes fully updated chapters to reflect the immense changes in the field since the first edition was written in 2010. It serves to provide information detailing what is occurring with clients as well as how it occurs.

    This book provides an invaluable reference for the seasoned professional and is a required source of information and examination for the beginning professional. It is a great training resource for adventure therapy practices in the field of mental health.

    1. Introduction 2. A History of Adventure Therapy 3. A Psychotherapeutic Foundation for Adventure Therapy 4. Nature and Adventure Therapy 5. Foundations of Adventure Therapy 6. Assessment in Adventure Therapy 7. Practicing Adventure Therapy 8. Adventure Therapy Competencies 9. Supervision in Adventure Therapy 10. Research and Evaluation of Adventure Therapy 11. Risk Management of Adventure Therapy Programs 12. Adventure Therapy Ethics 13. The Future of Adventure Therapy Appendix A: Risk Management of Adventure Therapy Programs Appendix B: Adventure Therapy Competencies Appendix C: Adventure Therapy Ethics Appendix D: Research Rubric for Evidence-Based Research on Adventure Programs


    Michael A. Gass, PhD, LMFT, is Director of the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Research Center in the College of Health and Human Services at the University of New Hampshire, USA, and a licensed marriage and family therapist.  

    H.L. "Lee" Gillis, PhD, is Professor and Chair of Psychological Science at Georgia College, USA, and a licensed psychologist.

    Keith C. Russell, PhD, is Professor and Chair in the Department of Health and Human Development at Western Washington University, USA.

    Praise for the First Edition

    "This is the most relevant, important, and salient contribution to the practice of adventure therapy in two decades. This is a timely step toward professionalism and congruence with more accepted mental health practices."

    -Tiffany Wynn, Prescott College, Arizona, and Director, Adventure Based Psychotherapy & Ecopsychology Concentrations, Arizona, USA 

    "Adventure Therapy masterfully weds a half-century of rich clinical practice with well-reasoned theory and promising research. The editors have skillfully woven a convincing, exciting, and visionary fabric of support for an intervention that has been shown to be life changing."

    -Gary M. Burlingame, Past-President (2011) & Fellow, Division 49, APA, and Professor, Brigham Young University, Utah, USA

    "This is a necessary resource in the newly developing and burgeoning field of adventure therapy. It clearly outlines how to ethically and competently use adventure based therapy and is a must-have in all practitioners' libraries."

    -Janice DeLucia-Waack, SUNY-Buffalo, New York, USA