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ERIC Number: ED416060
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Sep
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
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Experiential Therapy with Homeless, Runaway and Street Youth.
Kallander, Karin; Levings, Laura
This paper describes the services and activities of the Orion Center, a drop-in day-use facility for homeless and runaway youth in Seattle (Washington). Orion Center uses experiential therapy and adventure-based activities to develop trust, promote fun and relationship building, and facilitate growth and healing among this homeless population. A recreation group that meets weekly has become an excellent way to hook youth into other services. The trick is to make the experience meaningful enough that they come back for more. The experiential activities used are purposeful, proactive ("doing" activities), prosocial (interactive), and sequenced. Processing the experiential experience consists of four steps: the actual experience of the activity, observation by participants of what took place, generalizations about what took place, and consideration of how to apply what was learned from the activity to other life activities. Three group activities/games used as ice-breakers are described: "Have You Ever?"; "What Are You Doing?"; and Gusano/Worm. Traditional "talk therapy" has not proved effective with this population, but three techniques are useful in helping individuals tell their story. These techniques are shared story (nondirective group storytelling), human sculpting (a nonverbal activity), and journal writing. (SAS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A