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ERIC Number: ED409129
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 17
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Training Adventure Therapists: A Mental Health Perspective.
Berman, Dene S.; Davis-Berman, Jennifer
This paper presents a model for determining appropriate provider qualifications in a variety of adventure settings, in which adventure-based activities are used, but particularly the qualifications and training needs of adventure therapists. The model is based on the premise that the skill and educational needs of providers increase with the physical and emotional risk associated with adventure activities, with the increased needs of participants, and with program goals. Adventure-based activities are utilized with a variety of populations ranging from emotionally healthy to emotionally unstable. Program goals can reflect recreation, education/enrichment, adjunctive, or therapeutic goals, which require different levels of skills in providers. This model suggests that many people will have the basic educational and technical background needed to provide services to low-risk populations, who are engaged in recreational or educational activities with little or no risk. Few providers will have the requisite education and skill levels to work with high-risk populations, to lead potentially dangerous activities, or to pursue the goal of providing therapy. Strategies for ensuring that providers have all the skills needed for a given situation include partnerships between mental health professionals and experiential educators, cross-training for the two groups, and hybrid training that aims at synthesis. Figures illustrating the model are included. (LP)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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