Meet Jocelyn Evans

The founder

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.


Experience

 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

  • Developing partnerships

  • 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

  • Aquatic Rescue

  • Horizontal Cave Leader – Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions

  • Single Pitch Abseiling Guide Course

  • Youth Mental Health First Aider

  • DRUMBEAT Facilitator

  • 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.

Jocelyn


Meet Laura Engel

Social Worker

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


Qualifications

TERTIARY

  • 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.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Senior Social Worker

  • Case management

  • Discharge planning coordinator

  • Individual supportive counselling

  • Family liaison

  • Program Coordinator

  • Drug and Alcohol Program

  • Bulimia Nervosa Program

  • Group Therapist

  • 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.

OTHER:

  • 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

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:

  • 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.

Laura


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’

Campsites

We use existing campsites and keep group sizes small to minimise damage to ground cover.

Campfires 

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.

Sanitation

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.

Rubbish

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.