Adventure therapy and its impact on the functioning of youth in a community setting

Academic Article


  • The purpose of this article is to explore the impact of one type of activity-based group work, Adventure Therapy (AT) group practice, on youth in a community based mental health setting. Using data collected from Adventure Works, a non-profit outdoor behavioral healthcare and adventure therapy counseling center, this article explores treatment outcomes to identify the effectiveness of adventure therapy group interventions. AT has been identified as an effective intervention within wilderness and residential settings, but little research exists focusing on adventure therapy in a community setting. Data collected shows positive outcomes for youth participating in adventure-based group therapy. Research and practice implications are discussed.
  • Authors

  • Vankanegan, Christie
  • Tucker, Anita
  • Mcmillion, Patrick
  • Gass, Michael
  • Spencer, Lynette
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • April 3, 2019
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Start Page

  • 127
  • End Page

  • 141
  • Volume

  • 42
  • Issue

  • 2