Evidence-based intervention approach

Quality programs based on academic and practice-based research
Adventure and Nature therapy has been associated with various benefits, including improved self-esteem, interpersonal skills, increased self-confidence, enhanced communication and teamwork skills, stress reduction, and better overall mental health. Engaging in outdoor activities and facing challenges in a therapeutic setting can foster personal growth and resilience. Additionally, it may be particularly effective for individuals dealing with issues such as anxiety, depression, and substance abuse.

Some of the most robust and relevant outcomes in adventure and nature therapy, based on previous research, include:

  1. Improved mental health: Studies have shown that participation in adventure and nature-based therapy can lead to reductions in symptoms of anxiety, depression, and stress.
  2. Enhanced well-being: Engaging in outdoor activities and spending time in natural environments has been associated with increased levels of overall well-being and life satisfaction.
  3. Increased self-confidence and self-esteem: Adventure therapy interventions often lead to improvements in participants’ self-confidence, self-esteem, and self-efficacy, as they overcome challenges and develop new skills.
  4. Better interpersonal skills: Participation in group-based adventure therapy programs fosters the development of communication, teamwork, and problem-solving skills, leading to improved interpersonal relationships.
  5. Greater resilience: Exposure to challenging outdoor experiences and natural settings can help individuals develop resilience and coping strategies to deal with adversity and stress.
  6. Positive effects on physical health: Spending time in nature and engaging in outdoor activities can have physical health benefits, such as reduced blood pressure, improved cardiovascular health, and increased physical activity levels.

These outcomes are supported by various research studies and contribute to the growing evidence base for the effectiveness of adventure and nature-based therapy interventions.

To assure our quality standards, Create your Change is in a continuous reviewing process, involved in establishing guidelines at the Federal Association of Individual and Experiential Education in Germany and through participating and organizing scientific conferences and research hubs like the International Journal of Adventure Therapy.