Authors: Kaye Richards, Andy Hardie & Neal Anderson
This papers summaries the development of a statement of good practice for outdoor and adventure therapy, and outdoor mental health interventions developed in the UK. It provides a brief overview of the rationale for its development, along with an introduction to how the Outdoor Mental Health Interventions Model offers a framework for this statement. The key components of this interventions model are discussed, including ‘three zones’ of different practices that therapeutic outdoor and adventure practices can be approached from: 1) outdoor engagement; 2) therapeutic enhancement; or 3) integrated outdoor therapy. It also raises questions about the levels of competencies from outdoor and psychotherapeutic perspectives across each of these zones of practices. Overall, this raises important questions about current ethical practices and future directions in ethical guidance for outdoor and adventure therapies both in the UK and internationally.