ERIC Number: ED424075
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
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Working with Those Who Hurt Others: Adventure Therapy with Juvenile Sexual Perpetrators.
Simpson, Cindy A.; Gillis, H. L.
In 1995, Project Adventure began a 12-bed, 10-month residential program called Legacy, which uses adventure-based counseling and treatment with juvenile sex offenders in Georgia. Clients must pass through a four-level system for successful completion of the program. Passing to a higher level is contingent on following the behavioral norms in the Full Value Contract. Numerous experiential activities, including camping, low and high ropes courses, initiative games, art and family therapy, and journal and workbook writing, are combined with individual and group counseling and extensive use of the peer group to reward good behavior or give consequences for bad behavior. The client's ability to commit to and carry out goals is key to moving on to a higher level. One week per month is spent camping, which provides time to practice problem solving and cooperation skills learned in the program. The transition of outdoor living skills to daily living skills at home is a successful component of the program. A battery of psychological instruments are administered upon admittance, with followup evaluations at 4, 8, and 12 months. The program has served 24 clients, all male, with an average age of 14.4 years. Of the 12 that have exited the program, 7 exited in an unplanned manner, but none of the 5 who completed the program have re-offended sexually. Six tables present program levels, the Full Value Contract, a schedule of a typical week in the first month, consequences in the program, demographics of participants, and scores on selected measures. (TD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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