Adventure Therapy
& Wilderness Therapy
Example Programs

James Neill
Last updated:
06 Sep 2003

  • Catherine Freer Wilderness Therapy Expeditions: individualized treatment based within  21-day wilderness trips in the Pacific northwest of the US.  Combines naturally healing wilderness settings with behaviour management therapy, a modified 12-step approach to both drug and behavioral problems, and traditional individual and group psychotherapy.

  • Dooloomai Youth Project Tasmania: Dooloomai's mission is to provide the opportunity for young people to develop an awareness and appreciation of themselves and others to enable them to make more informed decisions about their lives.  Dooloomai is located in Australia, in the foothills of Tasmania's scenic Ben Lomond.  The project commenced in 1993 with inspiration provided by a combination of the "Mittagundi" and "Wollangara" experiences from Victoria, Australia and to a lesser extent from other models such as Project Adventure, Outward Bound, and Project Hahn. Since that time Dooloomai has provided opportunities for young people in tailor made activities and pursuits with support from professional outdoor leaders and trained volunteers. 

  • Project Hahn: Project Hahn was established in 1983, in Tasmania, Australia. Through participation in wilderness activities Project Hahn encourages young people to develop social skills and personal qualities required for living and working as mature citizens in an increasingly complex society.  Project Hahn's ethos is based on Kurt Hahn's philosophies in founding Outward Bound.  Adventure therapy, wilderness therapy and adventure based counselling are all terms used in other parts of the world that are representive of the model of practice encompassed by Project Hahn that we refer to as 'bush counselling'.

  • Wilderness Opportunities: offers team building & leadership programs for pre-existing peer groups, 7 day wilderness outreach programs for at-risk and under-served youth, and 21 day wilderness therapy programs for youth who are struggling at home, school, or in the community.  The program seeks to enhance self-esteem, self-discovery and life skills.

  • Links to more recommended programs... (wilderness-therapy.org)