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ERIC Number: ED424076
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
The Use of Adventure-Based Therapy in Work with Adolescents Who Have Sexually Offended.
Rayment, Susan
The Sexual Abuse Counselling Service is a unit within the Department of Families, Youth, and Community Care in Queensland, Australia, that operates a counseling program for adolescent sexual offenders. Clients are expected to participate in individual and group counseling sessions, and family counseling sessions where appropriate. The group counseling program is a year-long closed-group program, attended by 10 boys ranging from ages 12 to 17 years. The program includes a 3-month assessment and preparatory period, followed by 3 blocks of group sessions, each with its own theme, which run concurrently with school terms. Guidelines for behaviors are negotiated with the group in the form of a "working agreement," and are regularly enforced. Adventure therapy components are structured into the program prior to each block, midway during block one, and at the end of the program. Adventure therapy is a nonthreatening way to introduce themes and issues relating to sexual offending behavior and to increase self-esteem, problem-solving skills, communication skills, and personal insight and growth. Adventure therapy makes concrete many of the abstract constructs discussed in counseling, encourages hard work rewarded by success, allows for risk taking without offending behavior, and is fun. Processing, or debriefing, is used to assist clients to reflect on their experiences, and apply the meanings to other aspects of their lives. The four activities conducted during 1996 are described, and considerations for the introduction of adventure therapy into adolescent sexual offender programs are discussed. (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