PreConf – Basic Complex Trauma Focused Adventure Therapy

Basic Complex Trauma Focused Adventure Therapy

Graham Pringle

When: 27/08/2018
How Long: 2 Day Where: Mt Keira Scout Camp - Mount Keira Road, MOUNT KEIRA
How Much: $295.00


Basic Trauma Focussed Adventure Therapy is a two-day training attended designed for Youth Workers and Outdoor Leaders wishing to combine both fields into a highly engaging, targeted and effective therapeutic process.

Our model received excellent feedback at the recent Australian National Outdoor Education conference at Sunshine Coast University. The model is emerging, being the focus of research at Griffith University, yet already provides a simple, achievable and targeted method through which an array of program options can be designed.


  • 2 days (27 – 28 August 2018)
  • 8am to 4pm daily
  • Day 1 – theory of Complex Trauma and adolescence
  • Day 2 – workshops in using outdoor activity to heal
  • includes a pdf ebook for those wishing to be involved with camps or multi day programs.


  • disrupted development, brain growth and function, attachment, trauma based behaviours
  • 4×4=4 model of trauma focused adventure therapy (see below)
  • workshops: geocaching, abseil, bushwalk, games

Components of 4×4=4 model:

  • assessment
  • the four environments of adventure
  • 3 phase program design
  • ArSSSe adventure therapy outcomes

What previous participants have said:

Focus on application of model was easy to understand and clear. Engaging content was illustrated with stories, practical activities and humorous delivery. Thought around planning of activities emphasised.”

It was fantastic! Lots of learning and so much made sense. It taught me how I can be an even better youth worker. Really friendly crew, great environment. Absolute awesome reset with some vital information to take with me in my work. THANK YOU!!”

“The training was extremely useful and has given me skills in Complex Trauma analysis that I had previously only guessed at. I find the model also extremely applicable to all of my work, and the processes and theory behind them are very well thought out. They carry the lived experiences of Grahams’ practical knowledge; can’t put a price on that!”

Encourages and empowers practitioners to embrace complex trauma and to use their existing adventure therapy skills using a clear theory and model.

Equipment Required

  • Outdoor clothing suitable to conditions
  • Bedding
  • Food and drinks

Presenter Information

Graham has experience in Residential and Foster Care, Outdoor Education, Adventure Based Youth Work and Adult Training.  He leads the youth Flourish Outdoors program team. Graham has spent 15 years pursuing adventure as therapy for adolescents and is now researching the field through a Master in Philosophy degree at Griffith University. He enjoys training adults in adventure therapy and designing programs that stop young people from acquiring mental illness. Having worked outdoors with young people since 1985 he has also studied widely  and holds an Masters of Arts (Outdoor Education), Graduate Diploma in Social Science (Psychology) and a Graduate Diploma in Education.  Graham has recently finished writing a book for youth workers who wish to take young people on therapeutic programs.  He and his wife Janelle (also a carer, youth worker and assistant in nursing) live at Mapleton in Qld and enjoy using their camper trailer on trips away.  His favourite outdoor pursuits are bushwalking, canoeing and photography.