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Adventure Therapy

Theory, Research, and Practice, 2nd Edition

By Michael A. Gass, H.L. "Lee" Gillis, Keith C. Russell


456 pages | 54 B/W Illus.

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This revised textdescribes 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.


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, USA, and Director, Adventure Based Psychotherapy & Ecopsychology Concentrations, Arizona,

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 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

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. A History of Adventure Therapy 3. A Psychotherapeutic Foundation for Adventure Therapy 4. Nature’s Role in 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 in 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

About the Author

Michael A. Gass, PhD, LMFT is Professor and Coordinator of the Outdoor Education Program in the College of Health and Human Services at the University of New Hampshire, and a licensed marriage and family therapist.

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

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

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Counseling
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / General
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health