TBP Adventure Therapy
What is Adventure Therapy?
The purpose of Adventure Therapy is to improve the emotional, behavioural and physical wellbeing of children and adolescents through tailored outdoor and adventure-led activities. Adventure therapy is aimed at young males and females with common struggles such as: anxiety; depression; low self-esteem; school anxiety; refusal; and behavioural challenges.
By immersing participants in nature and guiding them through structured challenges, our approach prioritises the therapeutic effects the outdoors brings; which in turn improves mental health and well-being. Through our activities, students not only develop vital skills such as increased vitality, self-esteem, resilience, promotes leadership and development, improves emotional psychological and behavioural functioning, but they also forge connections, achieve personal milestones, and create lasting memories to those experiencing isolation.
Our diverse range of activities, including hiking, rock climbing, canoeing, rope courses, wilderness survival skills, and other indoor and outdoor pursuits, encourages teamwork, leadership development, and fosters psychological and emotional well-being. Participants learn crucial life skills such as listening, self-preservation, confidence-building, emotional regulation, and resilience as they tackle challenging tasks.
In addition to this we offer programmes such as self-defence classes, boxing and equestrian.
A hallmark of our outdoor adventure therapy model is experiential learning, where students actively engage in the activities themselves, fostering a deeper understanding and lasting impact.
Furthermore, our program extends beyond traditional outdoor activities to include unique experiences like supercar driving, escape rooms, air rifle shooting, go-karting, and laser quest, offering a diverse and enriching adventure curriculum.
At TBP Adventure Therapy, we prioritise the holistic health of children and teens, recognising the interconnectedness of mental and physical well-being. In addition to our robust activity program, we collaborate with local therapists to ensure comprehensive support is available to our students throughout their journey with us.
Together, we are committed to empowering young individuals to overcome challenges, build resilience, and thrive in all aspects of their lives.
(Activities are dependable on the needs of the young person.)
How Adventure Therapy Helps Common Mental Health Struggle
Adventure Therapy is an extremely adaptable for a wide range of mental and behavioural health conditions. Those facing various obstacles can benefit from this innovative method in many different ways.
Anxiety and Depression
Because physical activity improves mood, adventure can be a vital treatment option for students who are suffering from depression and anxiety. Incorporating exercise into one's routine has been demonstrated to enhance therapeutic outcomes and physical well-being for individuals battling depression and anxiety.
At TBP Adventure Therapy students develop good habits surrounding the exercise and routine as they learn how to do a variety of adventure activities. They will also be able to benefit from exercise's positive effects on mood.
At TBP Adventure Therapy we create challenges, and guide students through the difficult, but rewarding process of overcoming those challenges. Studies have shown that this process has led to a significant improvement in children and young people with behavioural issues.
“large to very large, statistically significant improvements in behavioural and emotional functioning.”
School Anxiety, Refusal or Struggles
In order to understand how adventure therapy can be used as a treatment for school refusal, it is necessary to look beyond the academic struggles and explore the reasons for them. School struggles can be a symptom of a variety of issues, from anxiety to trauma.
While each case of school failure is unique, adventure therapy has shown to be an effective program. In a large study, adventure therapy had a statistically significant positive impact on school failure. Further, the impact was over four times greater than that of alternative, non-adventure model therapy.
School failure can be a significant barrier to future success, and the adventure therapy model has shown to be a highly effective treatment.
Children and young people frequently find it difficult to view oneself positively for a variety of reasons. They may have developed self-defeatist internal narratives or learned to dislike themselves. They may have learned an attitude of helplessness in life and have an expectation of failure.
Adventure Therapy has consistently shown to improve self-esteem through a process by which youth's are exposed to seemingly impossible challenges and through guidance and hard work they can succeed.
This process is backed up by several studies, including one that showed statistically significant positive outcomes over 3.5 times greater than any alternative methods in helping with self-esteem.
Mental and Physical Health
Focusing on mental and physical health in children and teens is crucial for their overall well-being and development. Physically, it promotes healthy growth, development of motor skills, and a foundation for lifelong habits. Mentally, addressing mental health fosters emotional resilience, coping skills, and positive self-esteem. The combination of physical and mental well-being contributes to improved academic performance, better social relationships, and a reduced risk of developing mental health issues later in life. It sets the stage for a healthier and more fulfilling adulthood.
At TBP Adventure Therapy, we strongly advocate for mental and physical health.
Proudly working with TOG Mind, all our students have access to therapy/counselling sessions supported by our therapeutic team members.
Therapy provides a supportive and confidential space for our students to express their thoughts and feelings. It can help adolescents navigate the challenges of adolescence, such as identity development, peer pressure, and academic stress. Therapy also equips teenagers with coping mechanisms, emotional regulation skills, and tools to address mental health issues, developing resilience and overall well-being during a crucial period of personal growth.
A process of learning, obstacles, failure, getting back up, and ultimately success is experienced by students. This process is then combined with an advanced clinical approach. The combination has proved to be highly effective at addressing a variety of mental and behavioural health issues.
TBP Adventure Therapy sessions run from Monday through Friday. Placements can consist of 1 day a week through to 4 days a week dependant on the young persons needs.
Sessions are typically from 10am - 2pm (unless the activity runs over which parents/carers will be informed of prior)
All sessions are fully inclusive of breakfast and lunch (and additional snacks and drinks if needed).