Human Rights in Adventure Therapy

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Human rights have become an important topic among the adventure therapy community.

In this workshop, Grham Pringle and Dr Will Dobud will provide a look into how adventure therapy providers can achieve a minimum standard of practice, by aiming to treat each person with fierce dignity while preserving their right to experience. Attendees will explore concepts related to the dignity of risk, the treatment of complex trauma, and the rights of youth, people with disabilities, and Indigenous peoples. Attendees will also have the chance to discuss core concepts and implications for their own practice.

Graham Pringle (PhD Candidate, MA (Outdoor Education), DipSocSci (Psych), CIV Adventure Based Youth Work) is the Program Director of YFO. He conducts the research behind their model and frequently trains adults and presents at conferences domestically and internationally.

Will Dobud has worked predominately with adolescents in the private and public sector. Coming to Australia from the United States in 2009, Will built True North Expeditions, a non-profit program in Adelaide, SA, providing adventure therapy experiences and social work services for adolescents from all over the country. In 2015, Will was awarded the Australian Postgraduate Award for research promise and conducted his PhD focusing on client experiences in outdoor therapy. Will’s ongoing research and publications focuses on participant experiences of care in a variety of settings and exploring what works to deliver more effective social work services. Will is particularly interested in Feedback-Informed Treatment, the Outdoor Therapies, and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy – basically asking the questions, how can we get routinely better at delivering better outcomes for those who seek our counsel.


9 September 2022
10:00 am - 12:00 pm AEST
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