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ERIC Number: EJ949292
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 95
ISSN: ISSN-1472-9679
Crossing the Threshold Mindfully: Exploring Rites of Passage Models in Adventure Therapy
Norris, Julian
Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, v11 n2 p109-126 2011
Rites of passage models, drawing from ethnographic descriptions of ritualized transition, are widespread in adventure therapy programmes. However, critical literature suggests that: (a) contemporary rites of passage models derive from a selective and sometimes misleading use of ethnographic materials, and (b) the appropriation of initiatory practices and motifs out of the cultural contexts from which they emerged may be both unethical and ineffective. This paper explores the origins and applications of rites of passage models in adventure therapy, and discusses some of the central critical questions around their use. It challenges the simplistic use of complex cultural processes and offers some guidelines for the ethical and practical integration of such models in service of therapeutic outcomes. (Contains 7 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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