Adventure Therapy Sub-Program

Adventure Therapy is a type of psychotherapy that utilizes activities, metaphors, physical challenges, outdoor activities and wilderness experiences with groups and families. This unique treatment modality is based on the theory that there is therapeutic value in creating safe ways for participants to experience actual and/or perceived risks that serve as agents to create desired change in the participant.

Benefits of Adventure Therapy

  • Increased insight into recovery process
  • Builds confidence and self-efficacy
  • Develops real-time distress tolerance skills
  • Promotes resilience and proactive problem-solving
  • Provides and indirect approach to treatment resistance
  • Builds Group (or family) cohesion

Weekly Initiatives

Each week, participants engage in adventure initiatives across San Diego county that support their resilience, nurture their strengths and provide them with the opportunity to have success experiences apart from their role as a “client” in a treatment setting. Weekly adventure therapy initiatives include:

  • Indoor/Outdoor Rockclimbing
  • Mindfulness Hikes
  • Map & Compass/Shelter-building
  • High/Low Ropes Courses
  • Leave-No-Trace Principles
  • Sea Kayaking
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Exotic Animal Sanctuary
  • Paddleboarding
  • Circus Skills
  • Mindfulness Photography
  • Ice Polo
  • Kite-flying
  • Indoor Skydiving
  • NOLS leadership roles and outdoor skills

Summary of Services

  • 4 Group Sessions per month
  • Individual/Family Sessions (per recommendation of clinical team)
  • Coordination with Hanbleceya Clinical Team