Spirited Adventures


Who is it for?                                            REFERRAL FORM

Serving Sherburne County youth, ages 7+, with a mental health diagnosis and their families.

Spirited Adventures is a program for youth who can benefit from an interactive, adventurous approach; for those who have been unsuccessful in traditional or office-based counseling, and for those in need of increased motivation and engagement in therapy. 



A proven alternative to talk therapy, we are committed to offering the evidence-based approach to counseling known as Adventure Based Counseling, Wilderness Therapy, and Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare. Based on outdoor and experiential education, sessions are safely structured to encourage healthy risk-taking in sometimes unfamiliar settings.



Our adventure-based initiatives create opportunities to develop problem-solving skills, self-regulation, and feelings of accomplishment, ultimately promoting positive behavior changes when a learning experience is transferred to another context in the participant's life. The nature-based setting allows for a natural healing environment and opportunities to practice mindfulness and calming strategies.

The Staff?

This program is run by licensed therapists and behavior skills counselors who have training in experiential learning and adventure therapy.

Our program follows the best practice guidelines of the Association of Experiential Education’s Therapeutic Adventure Professional Group (TAPG) and the Outdoor Behavior Healthcare Council. All staff are mental health providers and have CPR/First Aid training. Staff leading overnight wilderness trips or canoeing/kayaking groups have additional training including Wilderness First Responder certification and water rescue training by the American Canoe Association.


They can be made by

  • Parents
  • School Administrators & Staff
  • Therapists & Counselors
  • County Social Workers


For questions or more information about this please contact:

Trista Paulson
Spirited Adventures Coordinator




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