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Evidence Informed Approaches

Supporting Literature

Supporting Literature: Services

Literature Review

Berry Street commissioned Adventure Works Ltd to undertake a literature review of outdoor adventure interventions for disadvantaged young people. This report provides information for other organisations choosing to use outdoor adventures as an intervention with this target group. It offers a synthesis and summary of Australian and international literature on uses of outdoor adventures as an intervention with young people aged 13 to 18 who have experienced adversities, including potential or known trauma.

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Healing properties of Nature

American Psychological Association

Nurtured by nature - Psychological research is advancing our understanding of how time in nature can improve our mental health and sharpen our cognition

Outdoors Queensland

10 Reasons why being outside is a big deal

The Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley

Six Ways Nature Helps Children Learn


Adventure Therapy with Youth

Wilderness adventure therapy effects on the mental health of youth participants 

Nature based adventure therapy is helping people heal

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Books about Adventure and Nature Based Therapy

  • Adventure Group Psychotherapy: An Experiential Approach to Treatment (2021) Alvarez, Stauffer, Lung, Sacksteder, Beale & Tucker

  • Adventure Therapy: Theory, Research, and Practice, 2nd ed (2020) Gass, Gillis & Russell

  • Power of One: Using Adventure and Experiential Activities within One on One Counseling Sessions (2008) Lung, Stauffer Alvarez

  • Power of Family: An Experiential Approach to Family Treatment (2015) Lung, Stauffer, Alvarez & Conway

  • Healing in Action: Adventure-Based Counseling with Therapy Groups (2018) Straus

  • Nature-Based Therapy: A Practitioner’s Guide to Working Outdoors with Children, Youth, and Families (2019) Harper, Rose & Segal

  • Exploring Islands of Healing: New Perspectives on Adventure Based Counseling (2002) Schoel & Maizell

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