ERIC Number: ED356917
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Islands of Healing. A Guide to Adventure Based Counseling.
Schoel, Jim; And Others
Based on techniques of experiential learning, outdoor education, and group counseling, adventure-based counseling aims to improve the self-concept of participants by enhancing trust in others and confidence in self. Groups move through a sequence of carefully orchestrated activities, including trust exercises, games, problem-solving exercises, ropes courses, community service and learning projects, and expeditions. This sequence combines practical physical activities with a responsible and responsive group process. Adventure-based counseling may serve learning-disabled students, physically disabled persons, at-risk students, psychiatric patients, court-referred youth, and healthy intact students. This book explores the theory and practice of adventure-based counseling. Section 1 outlines the origins of adventure-based counseling and explores how its key elements are supported by leading theorists and practitioners. Section 2 discusses objectives, training issues, intake procedures, considerations in group formation, curriculum development and planning for specific groups, briefing the group and establishing group and personal goals, leadership strategies, conflict resolution, and debriefing and terminating the group. Section 3 describes specific applications of adventure-based counseling in schools, hospitals and treatment facilities, and programs for court-referred youths. Appendices include results of program evaluations, charts for activities selection, and descriptions of Project Adventure services and publications. This book contains 59 references and resources and an index. (SV)
Descriptors: Adventure Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Experiential Learning, Group Activities, Group Counseling, Group Dynamics, Individual Development, Leadership, Outdoor Education, Program Descriptions, Resource Materials, Self Esteem, Socialization
Project Adventure, Inc., P.O. Box 100, Hamilton, MA 01936 ($20.50).
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Project Adventure, Hamilton, MA.