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ERIC Number: ED424078
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Windana Therapeutic Community's Action Adventure Program.
Price, Richard; DeBever, Marijke
The Windana Society is a drug and alcohol agency in Victoria (Australia) that operates, among other things, a residential drug rehabilitation program in a rural setting. The program utilizes a holistic approach that addresses health and physical fitness; education; vocational and re-integration support; and psychological, emotional, spiritual, and environmental needs. The regime includes individual and group therapy, physical work on the property, domestic routines, relaxation, arts and crafts, health and fitness, recreation, and an action adventure program. The regular outdoor recreation program and the adventure program use adventure experiences as a therapeutic process to complement mainstream methods within the residential program. To evaluate the program, a trek was organized in 1996 in conjunction with the Australian Therapeutic Communities Association conference. Four females and six males from the residential program spent 2 weeks on initial fitness training and orientation, 1 week on a coastal trek, 1 week on an alpine trek, 1 week rafting, and 2 weeks traveling to and trekking the Strezlecki Desert. Evaluation results found a "very high" increase in social competence; a "high" increase in time management and task leadership; "outstanding" and "very high" increases in achievement motivation and emotional control; and "below average" nonsignificant findings for self-confidence, active initiative, and intellectual flexibility. Recommendations for further evaluation and more complete integration into the treatment process are discussed. (TD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia