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ERIC Number: ED424055
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Development of a New Zealand Tertiary Qualification in Adventure Based Social Work.
Gilbert, Blair
This paper describes the development of an adventure therapy qualification, the Certificate in Social Work (Activity Based), at Waiariki Polytechnic, New Zealand. New Zealand has an extensive range of outdoor opportunities, and a large percentage of the population is involved in outdoor activities. Although many therapeutic programs involve young people in the outdoors, few programs have both skilled outdoor instructors and skilled therapists. The Certificate aims to give social work students a basic understanding of adventure therapy. Students who pursue further training will then become either social workers who refer clients to adventure programs or facilitators within such programs. Either way, they will have knowledge about the effective use of the outdoors for at-risk young people in New Zealand. The 1-year curriculum contains 8 required training modules and 12 optional modules, of which the student chooses 5. Since the indigenous Maori people are overrepresented in criminal convictions, poor health status, and welfare involvement, an important element of the program is its emphasis on biculturalism. Maori cultural values and customs are taught and supported in the classroom. In addition, the adventure approach connects well with Maori traditional ways of working and learning. Examples are given of adventure activities related to Maori culture and history. (Contains 11 references.) (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand