Therapeutic Adventure Professional Group

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This website is an evolving statement by AEE's Therapeutic Adventure Professionals Group (TAPG) aimed at describing our professional group. It is an effort to bring about an open forum for discussion and learning that is representative of this field of practice. We invite a broad range of readers including practitioners, insurance companies, government monitors, other professional organizations, students, teachers, consumers, and the general public.We do not assume that our thoughts are inclusive of every application of adventure therapy across the world or even within the United States.

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Adventure Therapy Best Practices Conference - August 23-25, 2021


The Therapeutic Adventure Professional Group is committed to the development and promotion of adventure-based programming and the principles of experiential education in therapeutic settings. We are also committed to the professional development of our members and the profession as a whole.

Statement of Purpose

Therapeutic Adventure is the professional group for those AEE members who work within the fields of health, mental health, corrections, education, and other human service fields. Our primary purpose is to facilitate networking for professionals within our various fields and share information, techniques, and concerns regarding the therapeutic use of adventure. We define therapeutic as moving toward healthy change with intentional interventions. We represent the interests of our membership to the Board and larger professional communities through workshops, conference and pre-conference activities, and best practices development.

Read the 2021 Summer Insights Newsletter Here!

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TAPG Awards: Mark Ames Scholarship & Heart of Adventure Therapy

Adventure Therapy Best Practices

Adventure Therapy Best Practices Conference: Re-Emerging Together

August 23-25, 2021
Canyons Resort Park City, Utah

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This August, join friends new and old in Re-Emerging Together at the 8th Adventure Therapy Best Practices Conference in Park City, Utah! Nestled among the Wasatch Mountains at Canyons Resort, the Association for Experiential Education (AEE) welcomes researchers, practitioners, and innovators from across the adventure therapy field for three days of learning, growth, and connection. This year’s conference will take place from August 23-25, 2021, directly prior to Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Council's Wilderness Therapy Symposium. We look forward to building bridges between our organizations this summer and going forward.


Since 2005, theTherapeutic Adventure Professional Group (TAPG), the professional group for AEE members working in the fields of health, mental health, corrections, education, and other areas of human service, has hosted the Best Practices conference as a way to deepen, broaden, and professional the practice of adventure therapy, while also explore contemporary issues that arise as it evolves. At this year’s conference, each presenter will highlight social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion as we seek to promote accessible, relevant AT programming and mitigate the impacts of systemic inequality.

With these themes in mind, we invite individuals across cultural and professional backgrounds to join us this summer. Workshop programming will prioritize clinical skill building, practical application, and experiential methods and be relevant to not only the seasoned AT practitioner, but also students, guides, field staff, traditional therapists, program directors, administrators, or anyone with an interest in using experiential methods to promote growth and healing. For licensed clinicians, workshops will also be organized around core training areas for the Clinical Certified Adventure Therapist credential.

If finances are a concern in attending this year’s conference, we encourage you to apply for the Mark Ames Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded to first-time attendees of (in-person) TAPG events. Deadline for applications is July 2, with decisions made July 13. 

For workshop descriptions, conference schedule, lodging, and other information, check out our Conference Brochure. We also invite you to check out the online community for the Therapeutic Adventure Professional Group by liking and joining on Facebook, and becoming a Member of AEE.

Questions? Please use our Contact Form and a member of the conference committee will respond to you directly as soon as we can.

New to Adventure Therapy?  Apply for the Mark Ames Award

Deadline: July 2, 2021

Mark Ames was a model leader and community member to the Therapeutic Adventure Professional Group (TAPG) of AEE. He contributed much in his time with us, bringing the true heart of Adventure Therapy work to our personal and professional development efforts. This year, the award is being offered to support an attendee to the TAPG Best Practices event that will be held in Park City, UT, from August 23rd-25th, 2021. This scholarship covers one complete registration fee for the TAPG Best Practices Conference 2021. Accommodations, food and transportation are the responsibility of the recipient.

Fill out the application HERE completely. Application must be submitted by July 2nd, 2021. Please keep answers to questions limited to 350 words.

TAPG 2020 Extended Education Series

Registration will stay open through October 31, 2021. Registrants will have access to the live events below as well as the On-Demand Library that will have recordings of the live events and other resources until October 31, 2021.

Fee: $35 (includes access to ALL FIVE live sessions, including the opening and closing circles, and the on-demand recording library where you can watch recordings 24/7 until October 31, 2021)  Register Now

Interested in becoming an AEE Certified Clinical Adventure Therapist?  

As the field of Adventure Therapy progresses forward, evolves and gains popularity, professionals from the wide variety of Adventure Therapy settings have come together to express an interest and a need for greater professionalism in Adventure Therapy. After the tremendous efforts of those involved in creating the Adventure Therapy Best Practices, and the advent of specific certification standards that meet the needs of Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Council programs, a growing need for an adventure therapy certification became more and more apparent. Learn more about certification here. 

   Leadership Council

The Leadership Council structure affords the most representation of membership possible, supporting the membership and mission and purpose of TAPG. The Council coordinates activities and provides direction for the professional group. Leadership Council members serve for a term of 3 years. The Council currently has the following positions: 

Tuesdey Spangler MSW, LISW, LCSW, CCAT 
Home Remedy & Outdoor Connection and Counseling Private Practice Clinician 
Field of Practice: Community Based / Private Practice
Columbus, OH
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers  
"Get Lost in Nature and You will Find Yourself".
Professional Development
Alex White, MS, CMHC​, CCAT
Clinical Mental Health Counselor, University of Utah; Adjunct Professor, Westminster College, 2021 TAPG Best Practices Conference Convener 
Field of Practice: Private Practice / Higher Education
Salt Lake City, Utah
Pronouns: he / his / him
"There exists within everyone a grand passion, an outlandish thirst for adventure, a desire to live boldly and vividly through the journey of life."–Kurt Hahn
Morgan Decker, MSW, LCSW
Marshwood High School
School Social Worker & Impact Facilitator
Field of Practice: School Based
Pronouns: she/her/hers

"Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." Ralph Waldo Emerson 

Publications and Communications Coordinator
Kim Hinzy, MSW, LSW
Clinician & Associate Director at Adventure Works 
Field of Practice: Community Based / Private Practice
DeKalb, IL 
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
"Maybe you are searching among branches for what only appears in the roots." -Rumi
Conference Coordinator
Christy Brock, MSW, LISW-S
Founder and Executive director at New Adventures Counseling, 2021 TAPG Extended Education Series Conference Convener 
Field of Practice: Community Based / Private Practice
Cincinnati, OH 
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
“There is freedom waiting for you, on the breezes of the sky. And you ask ‘What if I fall?’ Oh, but my darling, what if you fly?” ~Erin Hanson
Past-Chair & Member at Large
Beth Sandman MSW LISW-S, CCAT
Senior Adventure Therapy Clinician, The Buckeye Ranch
Field of Practice: Community Based
Central Ohio
Pronouns: she/her/hers
“You can have anything you want in the world- once you help everyone around you get what they want”.  - Bob Ross
Anita R. Tucker, PhD, LICSW
Professor, University of New Hampshire, Department of Social Work Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Center, Assoc. Director
Field of Practice: Researcher / Author / Higher Education
York, ME
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
“No significant learning occurs without a significant relationship” -
Dr. James Comer
Johanna J Ancheta, LLMSW
Social Work Professional 
Field of Practice: Community Based
"the voice of the Great Spirit is heard in the twittering of birds, the rippling of mighty waters, and the sweet breathing of flowers." - Zitkala-Sa



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