ERIC Number: ED171035
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Adventure Bound: Meeting the Needs of the Disturbed/Delinquent Adolescent.
Riddick, Thomas W.; Mesinger, John F.
Adventure Bound is a residential program for disturbed/delinquent adolescents designed to promote self discovery through physical activities that are demanding and stressful. The underlying theory of Adventure Bound is that many of the principles of Outward Bound can be modified and utilized in programs for delinquents. The initial 2-year program involved 12 boys (13-17 years) who were all wards of the state. The program provides for an individualized treatment plan composed of both instructional and behavioral objectives. Funding for the program is the responsibility of the referring agency. Staffing for the program was initially underestimated and is now, with the help of volunteers and CETA personnel, at a 1-to-1 ratio. The structure is a blend of such philosophies as behavior modification, emotive therapy, and the Achievement Place philosophy. The cottage setting provides the evaluation structure around which the total therapeutic community functions. Community members take part in the decision-making and each has a vote at the weekly meetings. Of the 12 students admitted during the first year, 5 remain in the program, 2 graduated, and 5 were discharged as inappropriate for continuation in the program. (PHR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Adventure Bound
Note: Paper presented at the Annual International Convention, The Council for Exceptional Children (57th, Dallas, Texas, April 22-27, 1979, Session TH-4)