Wilderness Adventure

What is the purpose of Adventure Based Wilderness Therapy?

  • Interrupts the cycle of dependency on technology 
  • Encourages change through direct experience 
  • Mindfulness based activities encourage contemplative self-appraisal 
  • Brings Character Strengths and Virtues into focus

Draws attention to individual and collective strengths

  • Successively more challenging activities enhances character strengths 
  • Increases sense of personal accomplishment and self-efficacy 
  • Enriches social skills and aptitude

Builds a sense of connection and community with others

  • Presents opportunities to enhance interpersonal relatedness 
  • Develops increased awareness of the need for trust and cooperation 
  • Provides information in the clinical assessment of mental health issues

Allows for direct observation of mental health functioning

  • Addresses issues related to impulse control, depression, anxiety, OCD and ADHD, ASD and Bipolar 
  • In-vivo practice of newly learned therapeutic skills such as effective communication, mindfulness practice, distress tolerance, and life skills
  • Exercise can be as good as or better than antidepressants for depression (2010, Boston University) 
  • Busy people are happier than idle people (Hsee, et. al., University of Chicago, 2010) 
  • Happy people spend less time watching media (2009, University of Maryland) 
  • Relationships with others is a key ingredient in happiness (2009, Harvard, Grant Study) 
  • Connecting with nature boosts energy and happiness (2009, University of Rochester)

Tags: community, research, connection, adventure therapy, strength, social skills, value

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