- Episode 6: Dr. Lee Gillis on Experiential Learning, Outcomes and Evaluation and his journey in psychology
- Episode 19: Dr. Gary Burlingame and Sue Jenkins
- Episode 18: Jeff Wilson
- Episode 17: Rob Long
- Episode 16: Clara Hughes on the power of nature, mental health and the healing journey
- Episode 15: Dr. Scott Miller
- Episode 14: Right Use of Power
- Episode 13: Dr. Keith Russell on research and evaluation, advice to students and paddle-boarding in the rain
- Episode 12: Chris Sullivan on social work education, working with “liar” kids & more.
- Episode 11: Letters to Addiction
- Episode 10: Glynnis Lieb on addiction and mental health from 3000ft
- Episode 9: Margo Talbot on the canary in the coal mine, the 100th monkey, and other interesting things
- Episode 8: Jann Arden on golf, charity and Kentucky Fried Chicken.
- Episode 7: Lisa Arsenault on addictions treatment and the magic of witnessing change
- Episode 5: Candace Windisch on what makes kids successful and the importance of building community
- Episode 4: Liam Law on being a youth worker and the role of progress monitoring in treatment
- Episode 3: Stephen de Groot on being a transformation architect in the social services field
- Episode 2: Kelly Waters-Radcliffe on program design, therapeutic perspectives, progress monitoring and a lot more.
- Episode 1: Joe Roberts discusses homelessness, addiction and how he’s “pushing for change”.
This episode we catch up with Dr. Lee Gillis, a psychologist, author and academic practitioner who specializes in experiential, wilderness and adventure based therapies. Dr. Gillis has been absolutely instrumental in forwarding the field of experiential therapy in North America and beyond. He’s the co-author of Adventure Therapy: Theory, Research, and Practice, one of the most comprehensive texts that’s been published in the field.
Enviros is lucky enough to have connected with Lee a few years ago and he’s been heavily involved in the evaluation projects at both our Shunda Creek and Base Camp programs. Lee has a wealth of experience and some great advice for professionals and the field in general.
2:00 Lee on his seminal moments that put him on the path to psychology
8:00 Lee describes the evaluation projects he’s working on with Enviros
12:30 The usefulness of valid and reliable instruments to the clinician
14:00 The development of the Adventure Therapy Experience Scale
22:00 The myths and misconceptions of experiential learning and the importance of reflection on the experience
26:00 Lee on what we should stop doing in the addiction and mental health sector
31:00 Lee’s book recommendations. Gary Ferguson’s “Shouting at the Sky: Troubled Teens and the Promise of the Wild” , a powerful read that captures the good and the bad of wilderness youth work. “The Carry Home“, by the same author, about his journey to return his wife’s ashes to places they’d visited as a couple. Also, “The Defining Decade” by Meg Jay (and here’s a link to her TED talk)
36:00 Lee’s advice to young professionals.
40:00 Lee talks about what he’s currently up to in the research and evaluation field.
42:00 The importance of measuring what matters.