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ERIC Number: ED424072
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Wilderness Intervention Program: Change through Mentoring.
Haynes, Laurie; Gallagher, Stephen
The Churches Commission on Education is an Australian interdenominational body committed to developing holistic programs for student well-being in the government school system. School chaplains provide a formal Christian presence, pastoral care, and counselling, and often work on programs for students with social, emotional, or behavioral difficulties. A history of the commission's Wilderness Intervention Programs from 1993 to the present shows the evolution of the current model, which combines wilderness experiences with cognitive-behavioral models of psychology and pastoral care approaches to relationship-building and mentoring. The programs work with high school students with poor self-concept, special education students, low-achieving students, students at risk for depression, and students with truancy or behavioral problems. The wilderness experience involves up to 10 days of bushwalking, abseiling, and canoeing and provides a catalyst for the ongoing mentoring relationship between student and chaplain. School psychologists have measured social, emotional, or behavioral changes resulting from the programs, using standardized tests. Although statistical results have been mixed, observed social benefits from the programs include decreased "acting out" in class and improved relationships with peers, teachers, and family. Spin-off benefits include a unique experience, mastery of certain outdoor skills, and increased motivation and satisfaction. (Contains 19 references.) (TD)
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: Australia