Our Program Leaders:

Robert Burns leads our Adventure based counseling program in alliance with Brookline Teen Outreach.  The Adventure Based Program Coordinator is responsible for planning activities, ensuring safety of all children in the program, overseeing staff, interns and volunteers that assist in off-site events, and creating content to support an enriching, fun and virtual environment for youth.

Robert is trained in wilderness survival, primitive skills, and bushcraft. He has taught and designed courses in the outdoors for the past decade and has worked with a wide variety of age groups and experience levels. His primary focus is on promoting outdoors education within a safe, accepting, and inclusive environment.

Robert Burns: Adventure Based Program Coordinator

Julia Morrow: MA and PC (Practicing Counselor)

"As a counselor, I enjoy working in the novel setting of the outdoors, and feel that the unique activities of Adventure Based Counseling allow individuals to break patterns of behavior and to recognize their untapped potential. They can do this, while also learning to view others in new and positive ways. Especially for adolescents, traditional therapy can be perceived as unpleasant, unwanted, and uncomfortable. Engaging in therapy in the outdoors instead of an office, can be more acceptable to teens, as well as more enjoyable. At the same time, it can help them accomplish desired goals. As a therapist, I also see diversity as a strength, and seek to help participants in outdoor activities to appreciate differences among group members and grow in that experience. "

Adventure Based Counseling:


(ABC) Programs utilize a hands-on approach of carefully designed activities, group adventure initiatives, and outdoor challenges to promote trust, communication, cooperation, creative problem solving, and personal responsibility.


In addition, adventure based activities help develop:

•Social skills

•Improved communication

•Understanding of teamwork

•Group cohesion

•Building of trust in others


Challenge courses or challenging outdoor activites offer the opportunity for teamwork, critical thinking, social interaction, assignment of new and challenging roles, the opportunity for leadership, and the development of problem-solving skills.

ABC (Adventure Based Counseling) programs emphasize diversity as a strength, and seek to help participants appreciate differences among group members

The novel settings and unique activities allow individuals to break patterns of behavior and recognize their untapped potential, while also allowing them to view others in a new and positive way. Especially for adolescents, therapy can be perceived as unpleasant, unwanted, and uncomfortable. Gaining the cooperation of an adolescent in therapy can be a difficult task! Adventure based counseling is presented in a way that is acceptable to and enjoyable for teens, while at the same time, accomplishing goals desired by parents, teachers and other adults in their lives.

Adventure therapy encompasses varying techniques and environments to elicit change. These include cooperative games, problem solving initiatives, trust building activities, high adventure (rock climbing/rappelling, ropes courses, peak ascents); and wilderness expeditions (backpacking, canoeing, dog sledding, sailing, white water rafting, etc.).

For more information on Adventure Based Counseling activities, or to contact someone regarding participation in an event, go to www.brooklineteenoutreach.org, affiliated with Compassionate Counseling.