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Adventure Therapy

Theory, Research, and Practice

By Michael A. Gass, H. L. "Lee" Gillis, Keith C. Russell

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Format: Paperback, 426 pages
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: United States, 01 January 2012
Adventure therapy is a growing segment of working with mental health clients in a variety of settings. The theory, techniques, research, and case studies illustrated in Adventure Therapy present the cutting edge of this particular field. It serves as the leading academic text, professional reference, and training resource for adventure therapy practices in the field of mental health. It is written by three of the leading professionals in the field, with central focuses on: (1) the theory substantiating the adventure therapy field, (2) an illustration of practices and case studies exemplifying best practices in the field, and (3) research validating the immediate as well as long-term effects of these approaches/programs when properly conducted.

Table of Contents

Meyer, Foreword. Introduction. A History of Adventure Therapy. A Psychotherapeutic Foundation for Adventure Therapy. Foundations. Exploring the Foundation of Nature's Role in Adventure Therapy. Adventure Therapy Models. Assessment in Adventure Therapy. Doing Adventure Therapy. Risk Management of Adventure Therapy Programs. Adventure Therapy Competencies. Supervision. Adventure Therapy Ethics. Research and Evaluation. A View of the Future for Adventure Therapy. Appendix A: Risk Management of Adventure Therapy Programs. Appendix B: Adventure Therapy Competencies. Appendix C: Adventure Therapy Ethics.

About the Author

Michael A. Gass, PhD, is a Professor and Coordinator of the Outdoor Education Program in the College of Health and Human Services at the University of New Hampshire. He is the current Director of the NATSP and OBHRC Research Initiatives and is the recipient of numerous awards for teaching Lee Gillis, PhD, is Professor and Chair of Psychological Science at Georgia College and State University, USA, and a licensed psychologist. In addition to teaching, he has researched and practiced adventure therapy since the early 1980s and is recognized nationally and internationally for his contributions to the field Keith C. Russell, PhD, is an associate professor in the Recreation Program at Western Washington University. Dr. Russell's publications focus on the design, implementation, and evaluation of educational and therapeutic programs for youth. His research has appeared in the Journal of Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, the Journal of Groups in Addictions and Recovery, Child and Youth Care Forum, The International Journal of Wilderness, The Journal of Experiential Education, and the Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning


"This is the most relevant, important, and salient contribution to the practice of Adventure Therapy in two decades. This is a timely step toward professionalism and congruence with more accepted mental health practices." - Tiffany Wynn, Prescott College, Arizona, USA, and Director, Adventure Based Psychotherapy & Ecopsychology Concentrations, Arizona, USA "Adventure Therapy masterfully weds a half-century of rich clinical practice with well-reasoned theory and promising research. The editors have skillfully woven a convincing, exciting, and visionary fabric of support for an intervention that has been shown to be life changing." - Gary M. Burlingame, Past-President (2011) & Fellow, Division 49, APA, and Brigham Young University, Utah, USA "This is a necessary resource in the newly developing and burgeoning field of adventure therapy. It clearly outlines how to ethically and competently use adventure based therapy and is a must-have in all practitioners' libraries." - Janice DeLucia-Waack, SUNY-Buffalo, New York, USA

EAN: 9780415892902
ISBN: 0415892902
Publisher: Routledge
Dimensions: 22.86 x 15.24 x 2.29 centimetres (0.59 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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