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ERIC Number: ED353115
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Oct
Pages: 4
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Experiential Learning and Therapy.
Hatala, Elaine
This paper describes the experiential therapy program at the Bowling Green Adolescent Center (New Jersey). This model supports the view that the therapeutic process of addiction treatment is accelerated and enhanced by providing the patients with experiential interventions. Experiential therapy includes goal setting, hands-on participation, group-oriented interactions, and activities allowing for accommodation and expression of patient progress. Following each activity patients are prompted to make observations about individual and group behaviors and the impact on themselves and others. Through generalizations, patients begin on a cognitive level to relate those experiences and behavior to recovery. Patients are encouraged to take what they have experienced and learned during adventure experiences, and apply it to their therapies and interactions. Another component of the program is the use of daily behavior contracts which establish individual and group goals. Each week, one of the therapists and his/her therapy group go to the high ropes course, which has proven to be an enjoyable, rewarding, and helpful intervention for patients. Bowling Green staff, professionally trained, are intimately involved in the treatment program. This paper suggests that experiential therapy is an effective vehicle for patients to address individual treatment goals. (LP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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