Coo­king up a good prac­ti­tio­ner: What are the ne­ces­sa­ry in­gre­di­ents of In­ter­na­tio­nal Ad­ven­ture The­ra­py trai­ning and de­ve­lo­p­ment?


Authors: Helen Jeffery, Amanda Smith, Kaye Richards, Federico A. Borroel, Christine Norton, Anita Pryor, Ben Knowles and Alexander Rose


The trai­ning and de­ve­lo­p­ment of in­ter­na­tio­nal ad­ven­ture the­ra­py prac­ti­tio­ners has had so­me­what li­mi­t­ed cri­ti­cal ex­ami­na­ti­on from cross cul­tu­ral per­spec­ti­ves. While in-di­vi­du­als and or­ga­niza­ti­ons have col­la­bo­ra­ted in­ter­na­tio­nal­ly for de­ca­des, to the au-thors’ know­ledge, the­re has not yet been a con­cer­ted ef­fort to ex­ami­ne core trai­ning for wide in­ter­na­tio­nal scope, nor co-de­ve­lop core cross-cul­tu­ral trai­ning pa­ra­me­ters. Gi­ven this back­drop and gap, di­rect­ly be­fo­re the 8IATC in Syd­ney (Aus­tra­lia) in 2018, a group of 24 AT prac­ti­tio­ners from 11 na­ti­ons gathe­red for th­ree days in a ‘Cave’ to ex-plo­re in­ter­na­tio­nal per­spec­ti­ves on the ne­ces­sa­ry in­gre­di­ents of trai­ning and de­vel-op­ment of ad­ven­ture the­ra­py prac­ti­tio­ners. This pa­per ex­plo­res the over­ar­ching out-co­mes of this ‘Cave Think Tank’, along with feed­back from par­ti­ci­pan­ts of a work­shop at the 9IATC in Kris­ti­an­sand, Nor­way in 2022 and re­flec­tions af­ter­wards, to con­sider the ques­ti­on in the title of this pa­per. The five key the­mes ari­sing in the ‘Cave Think Tank’ and ex­plo­red in the work­shop in­clude: 1) Va­lues (shared and held by ad­ven­ture the­ra­py prac­ti­tio­ners), 2) Ways of be­ing (as an ad­ven­ture the­ra­py prac­ti­tio­ner), 3) Foun­da­tio­nal know­led­ges (theo­ries and bo­dies of know­ledge that in­form ad­ven­ture the­ra­py prac­ti­ce), 4) Skills (re­qui­red for safe ‘good en­ough’ ad­ven­ture the­ra­py prac-tice), and 5) In­ter­ven­ti­ons (com­mon­ly used stra­te­gies or mi­cro-in­ter­ven­ti­ons that are ap­pro­pria­te in ad­ven­ture the­ra­py prac­ti­ce). The­se core in­gre­di­ents, which were agreed as im­portant across di­ver­se cul­tu­ral con­texts, de­mons­tra­tes the va­lue and be­ne­fits of cross-cul­tu­ral col­la­bo­ra­ti­on, and will no doubt con­ti­nue to be enhan­ced by dia­lo­gue and col­la­bo­ra­ti­on.


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