ERIC Number: ED424051
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Theoretical Considerations of Therapeutic Concepts in Adventure Therapy.
This paper summarizes European views on adventure therapy and therapeutic outdoor activities. Opening sections list the elements of outdoor adventure education and current trends affecting its development and direction, describe the mission and activities of the European Institute for Outdoor Adventure Education and Experiential Learning, and note social and youth problems in Europe today. Historical views, philosophies, and educational approaches concerning the body and nature are reviewed and related to the practical matter of encouraging outdoor clients to get in touch with their bodies and nature. Various criteria are offered for defining therapeutic outdoor activities and a developed outdoor therapy model. A model of personal development and change is outlined, and the effects of outdoor conditions on therapeutic processes are discussed. Three different types of program objectives are examined: those of the facilitator therapist, the institution or organization, and the client. A case example demonstrates the therapeutic benefits of combining outdoor activities and psychodrama in a social-welfare project for multiply handicapped youth. (Contains 24 references, most in German.) (SV)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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