Authors: Will Dobud
Utilizing the American Psychological Association’s definition of evidence-based practice, this paper examines best research evidence surrounding psychotherapy outcomes to inform a progressive research program for adventure therapy. The article contrasts a medical model and contextual model for conceptualizing how adventure therapy works and argues adventure therapy’s experiential routes provide means for moving beyond more of the same research. Implications are provided for further research, practice-based evidence, and better outcomes. Adventure therapy practitioners are encouraged to build evidence of their own effectiveness so as to ground their clinical work in practice-based evidence.