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ERIC Number: ED416063
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Sep
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Developing a Profession: A Preliminary Analysis of the Need for University Based Training for Adventure Therapists in Australia.
Ringer, Martin
This paper summarizes research to ascertain the need for university-based courses in adventure therapy in Australia. Three main sources of data were examined: questionnaires; a literature review; and anecdotal data such as unstructured interviews, personal conversations, and e-mail. Questionnaires were completed by 25 persons: 19 Australians and 6 from other countries. Results from a review of the literature and anecdotal data show the wide diversity of goals and techniques within the adventure therapy field and the need for adventure therapists to develop a coherent set of theoretical principles. Other results indicate that a university level course should address: (1) requisite skills in group work, counseling, therapy, self-management, and working with other cultures; (2) requisite knowledge (group dynamics, systems theory and psychology, experiential learning, psychological safety, technical outdoor adventure skills); (3) attitudes and values; (4) academic level; (5) prerequisites; (6) associated professions; (7) requisite learning process (didactic learning, research, internships, lectures, workshops, field experience); and (8) requisite assessment methods. Only one specific adventure therapy degree program was identified in the English-speaking world, although courses and study opportunities in adventure therapy were found in related fields. The existing provision of university-based adventure therapy courses in Australia and the United States appears to be inadequate, and more study is needed to identify the nature and scope of the need. (SAS)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia