WILD is a Bush Adventure Therapy Service!
What is WILD all about?
The WILD program gives people a safe space to discover who they are and encourages their personal development by connecting them to their surrounding environment. We support participants to develop healthy relationships with self, others and the environment, to be able to make positive changes through bush adventure therapy.
WILD Programs are available to groups from schools, service providers/agencies and individuals who have a funded NDIS package.
EACH WILD is a finalist the Victorian Healthcare Association Awards. Click HERE to read more.
EACH WILD has a winner in the Victorian Learn Local Awards. Click HERE to read more.
Bush Adventure Therapy works, but HOW?
Staff from our Mental Health and Health Promotion Teams wanted to explore how BAT works and embarked on a research journey to find out. You can view the evaluation report they produced HERE.
This research was informed by personal accounts into the individual human experience of Wild, our youth BAT program here at EACH. The findings of this research were published recently in an international peer-reviewed mental health journal, the link to this article is below:
Healing Fears, Conquering Challenges: Narrative Outcomes from a Wilderness Therapy Program published by Taylor & Francis in the Journal of Creativity in Mental Health. View the journal online HERE.
The findings of this research strongly point to the fact that the success of BAT stems from a complex interplay of positive human relationships taking place outdoors. Healing begins with the positive relationship with staff, which flows onto the relationship with peers and then to the relationship with self.
To view the full news article please click HERE.
NDIS WILD Program
The EACH NDIS WILD Program offers customers a wide range of adventure-based activities to step out of their comfort zones, and are encouraged to develop a new capacity for decision making and develop their own responses to the challenges during the program. Customers also have the opportunity to review their choices in a non-judgemental space with the support of experienced and qualified staff.
All WILD programs work to provide individual support and goal setting, so involve a detailed referral process. WILD groups will normally consist of 6-10 people, ranging in age from 18-50+. Every program is uniquely tailored and intentionally structured to meet the unique needs of both individuals and the group.
The WILD Friday Program (NDIS) runs 4 Terms a year, each with a sequenced level of challenge, finishing in Term 4 with an expedition. We meet on Friday each week, for 8 weeks, and have a camping component each term, from overnights to 5 days. Customers can opt to complete one Term only but we encourage a commitment to 3 or 4 Terms over the year for best outcomes.
The WILD Friday program aims to provide exciting and challenging activities within a safe and supportive environment. The activities range from canoeing to abseiling and everything else in between. They are designed to progress in skill and challenge, providing the group with the opportunity to step out of their comfort zone, have fun, build community and share amazing experiences with new friends.
There are also celebration days with friends and family to reinforce achievements made during the program and a post-program review and evaluation to revisit the goals set at the start of the Term.
What customers can achieve from a WILD Program:
– Increased sense of adventure, fun and enjoyment in nature.
– Opportunities to try new things, learn new skills, take control of decisions, and build a sense of achievement and confidence.
– Real-life opportunities to learn and practice new coping strategies and life skills.
– Improved relationship with self, others and the environment.
– Increased empathy and patience for self and others.
– A better understanding of personal goals, values and opportunities for future change.
EACH is registered to provide for NDIS Services – the WILD Friday program is funded through a NDIS participant’s core supports. The support category is Assistance with Social and Community Participation. NDIS participants can opt to complete one Term only in the sequence, however, we strongly encourage a commitment to 3 or 4 Terms in the year for best outcomes.
- Connecting clients to nature and its healing properties, to each other and to self.
- Opportunities to explore safe spaces within nature to contemplate, learn and review.
- Shared learning through shared experience of nature-based adventure.
- Exposure to experiential adventure and natural consequences, followed by active review opportunities.
- Adventure based activities to step out of a comfort zone to build on personal growth and learning.
What participants can achieve:
- Increased sense of adventure, fun and enjoyment in nature.
- Opportunities to try new things, take control of decisions, and create a sense achievement.
- Increased empathy and patience for self and others.
- Real life opportunities to learn and practice new coping strategies and life skills.
- Improved relationship with self, others and the environment.
- A better understanding of personal goals, values and opportunities for future change.