Nick Atkin-A trauma-informed lens on high impact activities and what it really means to get out of the comfort zon

A trauma-informed lens on high impact activities

Nick Atkin

Abstract

This session will re-examine the traditional “comfort zones” approach to the facilitation of high impact activities such as high ropes courses.  Working from a trauma-informed perspective, activities with a higher element of perceived risk take on a new dimension and must be approached with sensitivity.  This session will explore how, by prioritising safety, trust and rapport, adventure therapy practitioners can work with participants to achieve some of the most important outcomes.

About the presenter/s

Nick Atkin is the Training Manager for Operation Flinders and has had a career in the youth and outdoor industries over the past 13 years. Nick spent seven years with Outward Bound Australia in various roles and then four years with the youth mental health organisation, Kookaburra Kids before joining Operation Flinders in 2021. His background is in outdoor education, safety management, training delivery and psychology and he has a keen interest in adventure sports including ultra-distance trail running. Having gained most of his experience in an outdoor education setting, Nick is keen to explore ways in which traditional outdoor education approaches can be re-imagined from a trauma-informed perspective and applied in an adventure therapy setting.