Course: Therapeutic applications of outdoor activities

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Course title Therapeutic applications of outdoor activities
Course code KTV/4070
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Lesson
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Kovařík David, Mgr.
  • Kostínek Jiří, Mgr.
Course content
Themes of the lessons: 1. Historical links. Branch development. Informational sources to the problems of adventurous therapy. 2. Characteristic of Adventure Therapy from Outdoor Education 3. Adventure, hazards and high-risk behaviour. Problems of sensation seeking in connection with adventure therapy 4. Philosophical roots and first adventure programmes of therapy. 5. Adventure therapy as one of the form of kinesiotherapy 6. Foreign and Czech organizations working with adventure therapy. 7. Division of the branch, international community and communication platform, survey 8. Characteristic features of adventure therapy. 9. The summary of attitudes and researches in adventure therapy and summary of research methods which are used during the research of the programmes in adventure therapy. 10. The summary of psychological and physical disorders and handicaps appropriate for using the programmes of adventure therapy. 11. Suitability for usage of the programme components for concrete target groups. 12. Principles (psychological, social, pedagogical, fitness) during creation of adventures programmes for specific target groups (addicted, children´s population, law-brakers). 13. Practical creation of adventure programme for chosen target group with possible tuition of the teacher. 14. Assessment of created programmes, credits.

Learning activities and teaching methods
unspecified, unspecified, unspecified, unspecified
  • unspecified - 28 hours per semester
  • unspecified - 12 hours per semester
  • unspecified - 35 hours per semester
  • unspecified - 10 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The study-unit deals with the problem of using the phenomenon of adventure in therapeutic practice under the new direction of physiotherapy. It reflects the latest trends and research in the field of Adventure and Outdoor Education in therapeutic practice. It discusses the concept and approach in developing adventure programs, which are used for example in the treatment and prevention of drug addiction in hyperactive and neurotic children, in the context of social rehabilitation of persons with various types of mental and physical handicaps, and prevention of adverse psychopathological phenomena.

Facilitation skills.

Assessment methods and criteria
To make up programme of adventure therapy for specific target group. Methods, assessment, kriteria: 80% participation during lessons, credit test, seminar paper - to make up programme of adventure therapy for specific target group.
Recommended literature
  • Studijní opora. Přehled tematických okruhů. Interakční konzultace pomocí elektronických médií s využitím.
  • DAVIS-BERMAN, J., BERMAN, D. S. Wilderness Therapy: Foundations, Theory and Research. USA: Kendall/Hunt, 1994..
  • HÁTLOVÁ, B. Kinezioterapie, pohybová cvičení v léčbě psychiatrických poruch. Karolinum : Praha, 2003..
  • HÁTLOVÁ, B., KIRCHNER, J. Kinezioterapie - elektronická učebnice. Praha: UK FTVS & APS, 2005.
  • HUMBERSTONE, B., BROWN, H., RICHARDS, K. Whose Journeys? The Outdoors and Adventure as Social and Cultural Phenomena. UK: Fingerprints, Barrow-in-Furness, 1997..
  • ITIN, C. Exploring the Boundaries of Adventure Therapy. Australia, 1997.
  • KIRCHNER, J. Adventure therapy as a part of kineziotherapy - the roots and theoretical sources. Acta Universitatis Caroline,2005..
  • KIRCHNER, J. Dobrodružná terapie - nově se rodící terapeutická metoda. Gymnasion: časopis pro zážitkovou pedagogiku. Vol. 2, 19-25. 2004.
  • LASS, A. Adventure Therapy : the Therapeutic Aplication of Adventure Therapy. USA : Kendal-Hunt pub, 1993..

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Education Physical Education and Sport (A14) Physical education and sport 3 Winter