Meet Jocelyn Evans
I oversee all programs and lead the majority of Right Foot Forward WA’s programs. Right Foot Forward WA is borne out of my passion and belief in the outcomes gained from adventure based learning and my desire to see all people have access to opportunities like this. I have 17 years experience in the Outdoor Education industry, I have spent 3 years working as a Youth Worker and currently working with Laura exploring Bush Adventure Therapy and its benefits.
Outdoor Education experience includes;
16 years working in the Outdoor Education industry
Roles include group leading, coordinating multi-group programs, training and assessing staff, logistical support
Group leading on programs 3 days through to 28 days
Leading groups of 11 year olds through to adults
Working in locations all over Australia and internationally
Experience working on Bush Adventure Therapy programs
Youth Work Experience
3 years experience at a drop in youth centre that operates 6 days a week
Experience delivering DRUMBEAT at the Youth Centre and within the school environment
Coordination and implementation of bike restoration programs, conservation programs and gender specific programs
Successfully sourcing and writing funding applications
Experience working with the Martu young people and their families in Newman
Relevant Qualifications and Training
Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation
Certification IV in Youth Work
Wilderness First Aid
Horizontal Cave Leader – Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions
Single Pitch Abseiling Guide Course
Youth Mental Health First Aider
Basic and Intermediate AUSLAN Training
What’s in the Box – Complex Trauma Training
A recent return for me to the Margaret River region, has meant I am blessed to live surrounded by the natural environment and enjoy the sounds, smells and beautiful colours nature inspires us with. It is in this setting I feel most calm, clear and happy. On programs I often witness the natural environment have this effect on participants as they relax and enjoy their surroundings.
Meet Laura Engel
I have recently returned to WA after two years in beautiful Tasmania. I am an experienced clinician who has spent many years working in private psychiatric clinics – with senior roles in program coordination, group therapy, individual therapy and case management. I am now eager to work in a different context and develop my skills in new ways. Well versed in traditional models of therapy, I have a growing curiosity in the healing potential of experience-based approaches. These include, but are not limited to nature-based therapies that utilise, support and celebrate our natural environment, and creative modalities such as creative writing and drama-therapy. I believe there is valuable healing potential in activities that allow people to experience themselves in new and empowering ways – particularly in the context of significant change, grief and loss
Graduate Diploma of Psychology Advanced: Monash University 2016 – 2017.
Graduate Diploma of Psychology: University of Western Australia 2010 – 2015.
Bachelor of Social Work with Hons: Curtin University 2003 – 2007.
Senior Social Worker
Discharge planning coordinator
Individual supportive counselling
Drug and Alcohol Program
Bulimia Nervosa Program
Inpatient group therapy
Outpatient group therapy
Experience in the delivery of evidence-based therapies such as: Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), Interpersonal therapy (IPT), Narrative Therapy, and Mindfulness based therapies.
Good Outcomes Mental Health Award 2009 – Drama Therapy Project.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Conference. Adelaide 2010.
The contemporary face of substance and behavioural addictions: An integrated treatment guide for psychologists. Matthew Berry MAPS (APS Workshop) 2017.
Expanding Circles: 8thInternational Adventure Therapy Conference – 2018
Introduction to Bush Adventure Therapy - 2018
Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)
Australian Psychological Society (APS)
Mental Health Professionals Network
Bridges Eating Disorders Association of WA
Australian Association for Bush Adventure Therapy
Living in Tasmania for two years opened up the natural world for me. During this time, I was pulled outside and developed a great love for trail running and adventure. I am a mother of three boys. The wildness of nature and indeed sacred stillness it gifts me, remain a force so strong upon my return to Western Australia. I am pulled out on to the trails where I may trace my way forward from here.
The Natural Environment
The natural environment is crucial to our programs and the evidence surrounding the benefits of being in natural places is growing. At Right Foot Forward WA we do our upmost to protect and preserve these places.
All our programs operate using minimal impact practices, with the idea that where possible we ‘leave only footprints and take only photos’
We use existing campsites and keep group sizes small to minimise damage to ground cover.
Are only lit in fireplaces allocated by National Parks and when conditions allow. Firewood is provided to minimise dead wood collected from around campsites. Rubbish is not burnt on campfires.
Toilet facilities are used where possible. The group always carries a trowel so a cat hole can be dug for any urgent toileting. Human waste will always be buried at least 100m from a water source.
All washing of hands and dishes happens well away from water sources. All food scraps are scraped into a bin or bag to carry out, so as not to contaminate water, or be left as food for animals.
All rubbish is carried out including organic matter and sanitary items. Before leaving a lunch spot or campsite we will check for any rubbish.
Tracks and Routes
Where possible we will keep to marked or formed tracks.
Flora and Fauna
Native flora and fauna will be left undisturbed. Nothing will be collected from the environment except for memories.
Historical and Cultural Sites
Indigenous places, historical or cultural structures or artifacts will be treated with consideration and respect and not touched.