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ERIC Number: ED414126
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
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Are Those Families Swinging from the Branches? Helping Families Find Solutions through Adventure Therapy.
Bandoroff, Scott; Parrish, Andrea
The use of adventure programming with families has increased tremendously during the past 10 years. Like traditional adventure activities, adventure interventions with families have been well received for their capacity to fully engage participants in dynamic interactions that create therapeutic movement. These activities are especially powerful as assessment tools as they invite families to enact their behavior patterns and family structure. In 1991, a survey of 44 U.S. family adventure programs identified 4 categories of intervention: recreation, enrichment, adjunctive therapy, and primary therapy. The recreation format is typically a one-shot program in which families participate together in adventure activities and leave the event with a "good" feeling. The enrichment format provides adventure activities that are topic-focused and build specific skills such as communication or trust. An enrichment program may run over several weeks to allow for integration of material learned in previous sessions. The adjunctive therapy format includes family adventure experiences used in conjunction with a primary treatment approach. Program goals address family systems issues. Often families participate in such an intervention because they have a family member in treatment. The primary therapy format uses adventure activities as the primary change agent, and activities are prescriptively tailored to address a specific family's problem. Criteria are listed for defining a primary adventure family therapy program. The importance of distinguishing among formats to provide appropriate programming is emphasized. Contains 12 references. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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