According to the Australian Association for Bush Adventure Therapy (2018) bush therapy “is the practice of combining adventure and outdoor environments with the intention to achieve therapeutic outcomes for those involved”.
GOTYA outdoor therapy blends practical activities and therapeutic approaches in order to facilitate the counselling process. Often, boys do not even realise they are engaged in this process, as they are occupied with the practical activity itself.
Research has found that natural environments offer a unique setting for intentional conversations and the gaining of helpful insights for young people. The aim is to support boys to act in healthier. less risky ways,
The aims of the therapeutic element of GOTYA programs are:
Assessing the issues
Traditional counselling can be beneficial and certainly has a place in the process of recovery, however; boys are not always able to engage meaningfully with this approach. We know that outdoor-based programs, comprised of small groups of boys or 1:1 provides an environment that allows boys to be more open, and engaged, which allows staff to explore what might be causing concern for that young person.
Help develop the GOTYA aims
Bush counselling allows staff to continually assess how young people are managing and provide support, guidance and care, if and when required. Counselling staff and mentors may choose to talk through issues at the time or re-visit it in another session. The desired impact is that young people begin to:
Build resilience and confidence
Grow team work
Build healthy relationships
Develop helpful behaviours and
Promote protective life skills.
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