This month we would like to highlight the wonderful work of Ben Knowles and his team at ADVENTURE WORKS, in particular the Regenerate project.
Berry Street Victoria’s Wilderness Program has two reports: a formative evaluation and a really comprehensive literature review. Working with young people who have experienced trauma.
- REGENERATE supports the recovery of women who have survived family violence, and addresses the traumatic impacts of family violence using Bush Adventure Therapy (BAT). Regenerate offers regular therapeutic components from which women and their children can ‘choose their own adventure’. BAT components include: two-hour adventure sessions; whole-day adventures; overnight adventure camps, and one-to-one counselling. Find out more...
- REGENERATE EVALUATION: EXECUTIVE SUMMARY This exploratory evaluation found Regenerate supports recovery across nine domains, with greatest gains in areas of safety, mental health and wellbeing, empowerment and self-esteem. Results also indicate progress in the area of financial independence, a possible by-product of gains made in other areas.
Download Executive Summary Here
Pryor, A., Pryor, R., & Carpenter, C. (2018). A Formative Evaluation of the Gippsland Wilderness Program March 2018. Melbourne: Berry Street Childhood Institute.
Pryor, A., Pryor, R., & Carpenter, C. (2018). Outdoor Adventure Interventions - Young People and Adversity: A Literature Review. Melbourne, Australia.
Ben Knowles and Lani Pereira, from Regenerate, will be presenting on Saturday June 1, at our Education Outdoors Conference: What is Bush Adventure therapy, and how might it be relevant to me? Opportunities tools and supports for outdoor educators working with increasingly diverse groups.