ERIC Number: ED353117
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Oct
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Successful Indoor Adventure Activities for Treating Substance Abuse with Adjudicated Adolescents and Incarcerated Adults.
Gillis, H. L.; McLeod, Jay A.
This paper describes successful indoor adventure activities that are used in the Georgia correctional system for treating substance abuse with adolescents and adults. An experiential style of learning is appropriate for adolescent and adult offenders who have typically not done well in traditional settings and are usually slow- or poorly-achieving students. In order for learning to be generalized into everyday life it is necessary for the participant to debrief what happened both physically and emotionally during adventure activities. Treatment programs based on adventure education in Georgia's juvenile system were designed to enhance and expand drug use treatment services for male and female offenders. A newly designed program also works for adult offenders. Because of limitations imposed for security reasons, adventure activities need to be designed specifically for this population for indoor use. A description of indoor activities include quail shooter's delight, group juggling, line up, blind line up, and mine field. These activities were designed to promote team spirit and to strengthen the bond within the group. Debriefing after activities encourages participants to focus on their feelings and appropriate expression of feelings. The described activities demonstrate how traditional adventure programming ideas can be used successfully in an indoor setting when working with substance-abusing adolescents or adults who are incarcerated. (LP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Information Analyses
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Identifiers - Location: Georgia