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ERIC Number: EJ855823
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0840-8114
Taking New Paths: Experiential Education in Portugal
Almeida, Katia
Pathways: The Ontario Journal of Outdoor Education, v20 n4 p20-21 Sum 2008
Pressley Ridge is a non-profit organization that provides an array of treatment services to at-risk and developmentally delayed children that allow them to remain close to their families and communities. In 2007 Pressley Ridge Portugal started an experiential education and adventure therapy center. This pilot project aims to help participants change their behaviour (functional and dysfunctional) and manage their emotions. The target population is at-risk youth and families from a variety of settings (public schools, residential and community-based programs, and probation services) and the professionals that work with them. The main goals of the program are to: (1) separate youth from the negative influences in their daily lives and place them in challenging but safe environments where they must communicate, cooperate and work as a team and, as a consequence, improve their behaviour and learn new skills; (2) help participants understand their pattern of self-defeating behaviour and learn new and effective coping skills; (3) promote therapeutic change through experiential learning, Challenge by Choice and group process activities; and (4) provide training in experiential education and adventure therapy for professionals. The centre offers various programs to achieve these goals: (1) the training program; (2) wilderness therapy; and (3) adventure therapy and experiential education.
Council of Outdoor Educators of Ontario. 1185 Eglinton Avenue East, Toronto, Ontario, M3C 3C6, Canada. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Portugal