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ERIC Number: ED413128
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 15
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A Research Update of Adventure Therapy (1992-1995): Challenge Activities and Ropes Courses, Wilderness Expeditions, and Residential Camping Programs.
Gillis, H. L. Lee; Thomsen, Donna
In 1992, a review of research in adventure therapy offered a perspective that utilized work in psychotherapy as a lens to view the current state of the field. From that review, recommendations were made to gain respect within the field of traditional mental health. This update examines the 1992 recommendations and updates them based on recent (1992-95) adventure therapy research. Most of this research was carried out with high-risk or delinquent adolescents or psychiatric patients engaged in adventure-based group therapy, wilderness expeditions, or long-term residential camping programs. Several conclusions are reached. First, the field of adventure therapy must create a "collective document" that addresses its accomplishments and effectiveness. Second, the "clinically significant events" of adventure therapy must be examined through a massive survey of consumers of its services in order to achieve credibility with mental health professionals and those who provide financial support. Finally, the time is ripe with possibilities for researchers, and several research needs and opportunities are explored. Contains 31 references. (Author/SV)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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