Spotlight-Karen Field

Merging Adventure Therapy With Allied Professions

Karen Field

How Long: 60 Mins


This stream emphasises our intersections with other professional fields, approaches and techniques. While our roots are strong, we have a history of ‘borrowing’ knowledge and practices from other fields. This stream exposes and explores professional commonalities and ways in these shared concerns and approaches may enhance and extend the scope and practice of AT.

Karen Field will take us to the edges of our allied fields of practice. She is Chief Executive Officer of Drummond Street Services and National Chief Executive of Stepfamilies Australia. Karen also sits on the Board of Directors of the Family and Relationship Services Australia peak-body. She brings over 26 years of experience in developing, managing and delivering a range of evidence-based programs and services that span the public health spectrum across a range of sectors, including health (primary and mental health) and welfare, tertiary education, employment, and justice sectors.

Karen’s work has involved roles in policy, National Centres of Excellence (Beyondblue and Centre for Adolescent Health) and community based organisations. Her key areas of interest are family-focused public policy, research and practice, contributing to research and evaluation in early intervention, and representing the contribution of small NGOs. As a critical friend, Karen will to help refine and articulate perceived opportunities, current hazards and future strategies that may enhance our field’s growth nationally and internationally. Originally a Social worker, Karen has always enjoyed natural environments, has attended AABAT forums and supervised bush adventure therapy programs.