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ERIC Number: ED416062
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Sep
Pages: 7
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Utilizing Experientially Based Programming in an Urban Day School/Day Treatment Setting.
McDonough, Luke; Blady, Rush; Hermetz, Michael
This paper describes the Pressley Ridge Day School (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) for emotionally disturbed/behavior disordered children and youth between the ages of 6 and 21. The physical plant, staff, programs, curriculum, and student eligibility and population are briefly described. Using the philosophy and Re-Education Model developed by Nicholas Hobbs and Campbell Loughmiller, Pressley Ridge operates an experientially-based curriculum component as an additional education resource and treatment intervention. Within the classroom, experiential education staff use experiential approaches and activities to help students build a group culture using group process. Twice each school year, students and teachers from each classroom (with assistance from an experiential education facilitator) plan and execute a 5-day camping trip to the school's own campsite. Group process contributes greatly to the quality of student experience at camp. Back in school, students' camp experiences are applied in positive ways to improve group functioning in the classroom, school, and community. The purpose of this program component is to utilize shared group experiences to foster individual growth through development of group identity and cohesiveness. The camping experience is briefly described. (SAS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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