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ERIC Number: ED355065
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Pages: 15
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Family Adventure Programming for Troubled Adolescents.
Gerstein, Jaclyn S.
The family adventure program merges traditional family therapy and adventure therapy to provide a more effective therapeutic process for the troubled adolescent. Family adventure programming is based on the assumption that the family has the skills and resources for positive change and growth. The stressful nature of adventure activities removes the facades and roles that hide dysfunctional behaviors and interactional patterns, and provides opportunities to practice alternative behaviors. Family adventure programming, with the advantages of both an intensive therapy and strength-promoting program, uses a "live-in" counseling process and multi-family group therapy to achieve program goals. These goals include open and honest parent-adolescent communication, mutual family acceptance of problems and concerns, identification of individual and family strengths, a solution-focused orientation, more flexible family roles, modified discipline procedures within the family, and reestablishment of parental roles. Following program orientation and the decision to participate, the family and therapist define problems, strengths, and goals, and develop written action plans. Techniques and strategies of the adventure component include breaking down barriers, extensive use of family initiatives, a focus on fun, emphasis on present behaviors, and identification of behavioral patterns, family strengths, and problem-solving methods. Follow-up techniques include written contracts between family members, progress meetings with the therapist, "family council" meetings, and use of adjunct programs. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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