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Adventure Therapy Collective Podcast

Adventure Therapy Collective Podcast

By Daniel L Cavanaugh & Will Dobud
This is a podcast to discuss all things related to adventure therapy. From research to interventions to education to jobs, if it is about adventure therapy, you will hear about it on here! This podcast will focus on a different topic in adventure therapy each week that could include: education, research, supervision, ethics, and more. Also, sometimes we will interview field gurus and experts to learn from their wisdom and knowledge. This podcast is hosted by adventure therapy practitioners and scholars, Dr. Will Dobud, and Dr. Daniel Cavanaugh.
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Episode 9 - Adventure Therapy Training and Education with Dr Maurie Lung
In today's episode, Daniel sits down with adventure therapy field expert, Dr Maurie Lung. Dr. Lung wears many hats; educator, clinician, supervisor, consultant, mom, author, and program developer. She is the founder and CEO of Life Adventures Counseling, a community organization that provides adventure-based mental health therapy and consulting. Dr. Lung is also Associate Faculty at Prescott College teaching graduate courses in mental health counseling and overseeing the Adventure-based Psychotherapy and Nature-based psychotherapy programs. Dr. Lung recently co-authored Adventure Group Psychotherapy: An Experiential Approach to Treatment. Daniel was recently at the Therapeutic Adventure Professionals Group's Best Practices (TAPG) conference in Park City, Utah. Daniel and Will spoke in the entry way of the conference hall to record the intro to this episode. If you still aren't involved with TAPG, follow the link and connect with this brilliant group of practitioners! Social Sciences WeekSocial Sciences Week is a grassroots movement occurring annually in Australia. Will and Daniel are providing free presentation on the work from Daniel's PhD. There is a series of great adventure therapy related workshops to attend! We would love to see you there! Register here!  For Social Sciences Week, Will and Professor Nevin Harper's Outdoor Therapies book is available for 30% off and with free shipping. Use the code ADC21 at checkout from the Routledge website here!  Links Life Adventures Adventure Group Psychotherapy Book Power of One Book Power of Family Book
August 31, 2021
Episode 8 - Adventure Therapy Training with Kim Sacksteder and Nick Magle-Haberek
This week's episode is a conversation with adventure therapy training experts Kim Sacksteder and Nick Magle-Haberek. Kim and Nick are the co-owners and founders of which is an organization that offers online and in-person adventure therapy training, consultation, and supervision. In addition to their work at, Sacksteder and Magle-Haberek both work as clinicians and administration in adventure therapy programs. They have also both been involved in the leadership council of the Therapeutic Adventure Professionals Group. In this episode, we discuss mentorship, training, certification, group juggle, and of course; the importance of the rubber chicken in adventure therapy work. Settle down next to the campfire and join us while we learn from Kim and Nick. 
July 1, 2021
Episode 7 - Terapia Aventura with Alexander Rose
Today's guest is psychologist Alexander Rose. Alexander is a trailblazer for adventure therapy in Spain, recently publishing the first adventure therapy book to be written in Spanish! The book is titled: Terapia a través de la aventura: Cuando la montaña nos hizo grandes. He is one of two representatives for Spain in the Adventure Therapy Europe network. Along with Will and Dan, Alexander shares his passion for adventure therapy and how he implements Gestalt and Experiential therapies into his work. This episode shows how cultural context truly informs adventure therapy from all around the world!   Links NEW BOOK! - Terapia a través de la aventura: Cuando la montaña nos hizo grandes Terapia Aventure Adventure Therapy Europe Historical Background of Adventure Therapy in Spain Research Gate
May 5, 2021
Episode 6 - On Research and Group Work with Dr Lee Gillis
Dr Lee Gillis, co-author of Adventure Therapy: Theory, Research, and Practice (2nd Ed.; 2020) and whose research has contributed to the foundation of outdoor, wilderness, and adventure therapy research, joined Daniel and Will for an awesome discussion. Take a listen to hear about the promise of future adventure therapy research, Lee's experience with adventure-based group work, and more!  Huge thanks to Adventure Therapist LLC for sponsoring this episode! Check them out at Links All About Lee's APA Award Lee's Google Scholar Pages Adventure Therapy Book (2nd Ed.) 
March 23, 2021
Episode 5 - Therapeutic Adventure Professional Group with Tuesdey Spangler (LICSW)
This episode is an interview with Tuesdey Spangler who is the chair of the Therapeutic Adventure Professional Group (TAPG). Tuesdey is a clinical social worker with many years of experience using adventure therapy techniques. She has worked at Camp Mary Orton in Columbus, in private practice, and in other settings. Tuesdey came on the ATC podcast to tell us about TAPG, the TAPG preconference at AEE, and her experiences working in adventure therapy. If you don't know about TAPG, you definitely want to check this episode out to learn about one of the most important groups in adventure therapy in the U.S. Links Therapeutic Adventure Professional Group Website Clinical Adventure Therapist Certification More About Tuesdey TAPG's Facebook Group
March 9, 2021
Episode 4 - Collegiate Adventure Therapy with Jessa Lytle and Kallie England
In this episode, Daniel sits with Jessa Lytle and Kallie England from the University of Michigan's Adventure Leadership/Social Work program to discuss university education in adventure therapy techniques. Together they explore their use of high and low ropes course initiatives, how to conduct adventure-based field supervision for social work students, and their unique model for training practitioners to work in the outdoors. This episode offers a glimpse of one of the few graduate-level adventure therapy training programs in the United States.  LINKS
January 29, 2021
Episode 3 - Tony Alvarez (Part 2)
In this episode, Daniel and Will begin by discussing Tony's new co-authored book, Adventure Group Psychotherapy (available in the link below) and Will's experience being interviewed by Dr Will White on the Stories From The Field podcast. What follows is an additional 30 more minutes of Daniel and Tony where they talk about professional pathways into adventure therapy and Tony's experience in working with young people with Autism.
January 8, 2021
Episode 2 - Tony Alvarez (Part 1)
This two part episode is with adventure therapy field guru, Tony Alvarez, LMSW. Tony is an educator, therapist, mentor, consultant, and expert in adventure therapy. Tony has been practicing in this field longer than many practitioners have been alive. We we're lucky to sit down with him in his kitchen on a cold winter afternoon to pick his brain and absorb his wisdom.  This episode comes from our archives, it was recorded a year and a half ago when this podcast was still in its early brainstorming stage.  After the episode, check out the links below and pre-order the new book on Group Psychotherapy that Tony and his colleagues have just finished. Use the links below to learn more about Tony's work and his books: Tony's page at the University of Michigan Alvarez Consulting, LLC Tony Alvarez's 2017 AEE Kurt Hahn Address Power of One: Using Adventure and Experiential Activities Within One on One Counseling Sessions Power of Family: An Experiential Approach to Family Treatment Adventure Group Psychotherapy: An Experiential Approach to Treatment
December 10, 2020
Episode 1 - Nevin J Harper, PhD
Today's interview is with Associate Professor Nevin Harper from the School of Child and Youth Care at the University of Victoria. Nevin shares his journey to the adventure and outdoor therapies, which includes loads of adventure travel and years of experience working in residential care.  LINKS The Outdoor Therapies Book Nature-Based Therapy Book
November 20, 2020