‘In the Spotlight’ Presentations

The 8IATC will share a wide range of experiences and sensations, from plenary speakers to small-group interactive workshops, along with seminars, experiential sessions, posters, interest group meetings and physically active groups.

Sometimes called Keynotes, each of our ‘Spotlight speakers’ address one of four key streams underpinning the 8IATC conference theme ‘Expanding the circles’. Our special guests will engage, enthuse and provoke us towards clearer appreciation of the scope, practices and potential of Adventure Therapy within international contexts.


Adventures in Post-Humanism

Associate Professor Gabrielle Fletcher

The global work of bush adventure therapies is in healing, challenging and extending the ‘human’. However, what of the environment itself? This paper will disrupt the adventures ‘within’, and consider strategies of encounter of both human and more-than-human.


Adventure Therapy Research and Practice

Dr. Nevin Harper will take us to the core of adventure therapy and research. 

This theme encourages us to look at what is central or at the core of our work – for some this might be a look at the heart of practice, for others it may mean questioning what works, how and why. 


Merging Adventure Therapy With Allied Professions

This stream emphasises our intersections with other professional fields, approaches and techniques.

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.


At the edge – Exploring the new

Jess Huon will take us to new places within our ourselves and our work while provoking deep understanding on concepts of health and wellbeing. Jess has trained in traditional Buddhist monastic settings, inter-faith contexts of meditative inquiry and has spent long periods of solitary forest practice in India, Australia, Spain and the USA.


Creativity Within Making and Seeing Within an Aboriginal Cultural Place

Professor Liz Cameron and Barbara Allen

Creativity in making and seeing has always played a role within Aboriginal Australian societies as a part of daily life which enhances the relationship between connectivity and belonging within our environment. Our land is not owned, nor is seen as a commodity…