Events

Being your best as an Adventure Therapy practitioner

Virtual

Charles Sturt University

Tying the best, most appropriate knots, reading synoptic charts, navigating moving water, cave surveys, and the terrain to know the safest routes are just part of the broad skill set, knowledge, and experience needed to perform as a proficient Adventure Therapy practitioner. There is so much more such as philosophy, counselling skills, leadership, business, natural history, and the scientific process. We like to base our work on a fair test of the evidence. Join us in this hour long webinar for a journey through this fascinating and hugely rewarding field of expertise. It just might make a difference. Stephan Natynczuk, DPhil, MBA, LPIOL, FRSA, MNCS(accred), has been professionally involved in experiential education since 1988. Stephan enjoys training aspirant outdoor practitioners internationally and runs a private outdoor therapy practice. His research focuses on effective practice and professionalism in outdoor therapy. Stephan is the co-author of Solution-Focused Practice in Outdoor Therapy: Co-Adventuring for Change with Dr Will Dobud. 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 […]

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The Intersectionality of Grief Work and Adventure Therapy

Virtual

Charles Sturt University

Grief and loss is ever present in the counselling work we do. We can usually link any presenting issue back to a significant loss in some way, such as loss of a relationship, job, way of life, or a death. At Confluence Counselling we work with rural and northern Indigenous communities that experience losses at higher rates due in part to poor social determinants of health factors, increased rates of death by suicide, and transgenerational grief from residential school, day school, 60s Scoop, and the child welfare system. We use adventure therapy to address grief and promote healing relying on the significant intersectionality that already exists between grief literature and activities and the field of adventure therapy. During this talk I will share further about our work, provide activity examples, and invite discussion on the role of adventure therapy within grief work. Presenters: Lynette Nikkell, Confluence Counselling Lynette is the founder and owner of Confluence Counselling. She is a registered clinical social worker with extensive experience in the areas of child protection and addictions services. Lynette has practiced and volunteered at leading national and international adventure therapy organizations. Her award-winning research has been presented locally and abroad. Will Dobud, Charles […]

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Symposium: Climate Change, Regional Work & Organisational Resilience

Charles Sturt University

The Implications of Climate Change for Regional Work and Organisational Resilience Symposium is an up-close and practical look at how our climate is changing and the substantial implications for our regions in relation to human wellbeing, organisations and communities, physical work, exercise and heat stress. Join us at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga to hear more about, and discuss these issues with a leading climatologist, thermal physiologists working closely with industry and sport, social scientists, and other regional researchers and organisation representatives. Topics to be discussed in the interactive panel sessions and workshops comprising the Symposium include: Findings of new cutting-edge research conducted to forecast the impacts of climate change, across Australia’s regions, on ambient conditions, and on heat stress, injury risk, and recovery from heat exposure in physically-demanding roles and activities Current concerns and responses of industry, communities and sporting organisations in regional Australia Evolving strategies for managing heat strain, injury risk and wellbeing in those most affected Approaches to supporting organisational and community resilience and productivity in this changing regional climate context Register now

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Keeping Clients Safe in the Outdoor Therapies

Virtual

Charles Sturt University

Join Margaret Asher for an engaging discussion about how risk mitigation strategies from other industries can inform outdoor therapy work and keep clients safe. While all adventures bring some risk, the strategies for critically analysing near misses and critical incidents can help practitioners and adventurers keep their outdoor programming safe, fun, and effective.   Margaret Asher, Director of Operations in Wilderness Therapy Margaret is currently the Director of Operations at Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness and based out of Asheville, NC. Prior to that she started her wilderness therapy journey in 2010 at Alaska Crossings as a Field Guide and moved to many roles as Field Mentor, Case Manager, Medical Officer, and Assistant Program Director and at Open Sky as a Medical Case Manager and Health Director. She also serves as a Blue Ridge representative on the Outdoor Behavioral Health Council. She has been a Wilderness EMT since 2013, trained through the San Juan Ambulance in Silverton, Colorado where she was also able to volunteer with their local SAR. Having attended an experiential high school on the Minnesota Zoo property her love of the wilderness and learning through experience began. She loves being a part of growing the industry and creating […]

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Activities in democracy and kindness in tertiary learning

Virtual

Charles Sturt University

This presentation provides examples of how the authors and people studying online have engaged in co-design. People studying online bring with them a lifetime of experiences and knowledges. That expertise and experience often comes from the sector relevant to their tertiary study; suiting it to incorporation into subject materials helping to keep subjects contemporary. This supports innovation and encourages us to be critically reflective within our practice. Inclusion in the learning environment builds belonging and connectivity, engendering reciprocal respect, and collegiality. This challenges the usual hierarchy of teacher/student. Informed by Indigenist theories, kindness in pedagogy,and approaches to democratising teaching and learning practices, this presentation provides examples of how the authors and people studying online have engaged in co-design. Presenters: Rohena Duncombe Rohena worked in community health and combined practice with teaching for many years. Her research interests are in health ineaquality, service access, group work approaches to anxiety management and inclusive tertiary learning strategies. Katrina Gersbach Katrina Gersbach teaches child welfare, counselling, group work and case management at Charles Sturt University. Katrina draws on her social work practice background working alongside children and their families, using strengths based and trauma informed approaches within her teaching and research. Katrina is an […]

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Help the helper: Adventure Therapy for Burnout Syndrome

Virtual

Charles Sturt University

This workshop examines a triangulation study on how adventure therapy can be used for helping professionals experiencing burnout. Unda Avota from Adventure Therapy Latvia created a 3-day test program, then refined it slightly and applied it to two study groups, using the Professional Quality of Life Scale in pre, post, follow-up tests. Qualitative data were collected 2 weeks after the intervention in individual interviews and 3 months later in focus group interviews. This workshop will examine the findings of our adventure therapy can be used to reduce burnout and improve mind-body connections. The results surpassed expectations, even in spite of the COVID-19 outbreak, even after 3 months, several participants admitted that they felt the positive impact and actively applied the learned skills for stress management. Presenters: Unda Avota, Adventure Therapy Latvia Will Dobud, Charles Sturt University

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Fish passage: Motivations and challenges in Southeast Asia

Virtual

Charles Sturt University

Throughout Southeast Asia, particularly in the Mekong region, irrigation and hydropower structures are continually being introduced to waterways. These structures can hinder the migration and life cycles of key fish species, which local communities are dependent on for food security, livelihoods and culture. Fish passages, a type of “fish-friendly” infrastructure, have been added to these structures throughout the world as a way of allowing fish to pass. What motivates countries and funders to implement and/or fund fish passage? What are the challenges associated with the implementation of fish passages? This online session will present preliminary findings from Charles Sturt University’s FishTech team addressing these questions. The second part of the session will open the discussion up to the audience for feedback. Presenters are Dr John Conallin, Dr Nick Pawsey and Dr Jen Bond, Gulbali Institute of Agriculture, Water and Environment, Charles Sturt University. Register now

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Individualising Care Approaches – Travel Projects in the NSW care system

Virtual

Charles Sturt University

PIC is a not-for-profit organisation providing individualised, relationship based settings for young people in the NSW out of home care (OOHC) system. Travel projects are a unique, providing an opportunity to meet the needs of young people in the OOHC system with a tailored travel experience. Hear more about how adventures can be used to provide new and exciting opportunities for kids in OOHC.

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Creating safety: Outdoor and Nature-Based Therapies in an Increasingly Stress-Full World

Virtual

Charles Sturt University

Outdoor, adventure and nature-based therapies are gaining increasing attention across the globe. At the outset this presentation invites participants to consider a role for outdoor and nature-based health practices in our increasingly stress-full world. It will invite participants to think of outdoor experiences not through the lens of risk and danger, but instead as a context in which we can create a deep sense of safety and connection that in turn enables exploration and growth. This session introduces the concept of ‘safe-enough’ practice and shares one framework that brings together principles derived from attachment theory, neurodevelopmental theories, experiential learning, narrative therapy, outdoor and nature-based therapies towards an integrated framework for co-creating ‘safe enough’ outdoor therapy experiences. Presenters: Ben Knowles, Adventure Works Ben Knowles trained in education, outdoor education, experiential learning, and narrative therapy. Traversing these fields in various contexts over the last two decades has grounded and extended his life experiences and ideas about colonisation, racism, trauma, and importantly relating, reconciling, and healing. Ben was pivotal in establishing the Australian Association for Bush Adventure Therapy (AABAT) and has taught Outdoor Education and Bush Adventure Therapy at a tertiary level. Alongside undertaking his PhD in public health, he works as a […]

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Critical Race and Whiteness Studies for the Professions

Virtual

Charles Sturt University

How can professional practice be more diverse and racially literate? In this webinar, I provide an overview of the key concepts in critical race and whiteness studies and outline some strategies for negotiating white privilege and white possession in professional training and education contexts. I situate myself in these teaching practices as a white and non-Indigenous academic and critically examine what facilitating anti-racist teaching means in the relational space of learning. I discuss how critical race and whiteness studies has been applied to a range of professions and the importance of capacitating and addressing workforce needs for racial literacy. Holly Randell-Moon is a non-Indigenous Senior Lecturer in the School of Indigenous Australian Studies at Charles Sturt University. Holly has contributed critical race theory curriculum to a number of health subjects at Charles Sturt University, including occupational therapy and allied health. Her research focuses on cultural competency in healthcare, institutional racism and healthcare, and community understandings of digital technologies.   Photo by Heiko Otto on Unsplash

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Impacting society for good: How the church can partner with community

Charles Sturt University

How can the church partner with other grassroots community organisations to make a lasting difference in 2022? Anglicare Australia, over the last two years, has released a series of reports outlining how Australians are struggling to meet their most basic needs. People are reporting to Anglicare workers that they are feeling stressed, isolated and a sense of hopelessness. They are sharing concerns about their lack of connections with others, unmet spiritual needs, deteriorating mental health, lack of stable accommodation and the increased cost of living. How can the church partner with other grassroots community organisations to make a lasting difference in 2022? What role do faith, hope, love, kindness, joy and connection have when working in partnership? These questions will be addressed by the presenters: Dr Monica Short - Senior lecturer in the School of Social Work and Arts at Charles Sturt University, Gulbali, and the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture Bishop Mark Short - Anglican Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn Professor Anthony Maher – Director of the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture The Reverend Sarah Plummer – Executive Manager Mission and Culture Anglicare, Anglicare Jeremy Halcrow - Anglicare CEO Ben Paton - Director of Synergy Youth This event is both in-person (Australian Centre […]

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