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Introduction The ABC's of Adventure-Based Counseling Part I History and Theoretical Underpinnings of ABC Chapter 1 Group Theory Applied to ABC Chapter 2 ABC for Trauma Survivors Chapter 3 Unique Attributes of ABC and Some Practical Matters Part II ABC in Outpatient Mental Health Settings Chapter 4 Overview of a Session Chapter 5 Can Day: Discovering New Abilities within You3/4What "Can" You Do? Chapter 6 Noodle Day: Using Your Brain for Positive Growth and Change Chapter 7 Ball Day: So-Long, Gym Class; Hello, Self-Acceptance Chapter 8 Word Day: Saying and Playing What You Mean Chapter 9 Paper Day: Beyond Reading and Writing On Chapter 10 Numbers Day: Multiply Your Strengths! Chapter 11 Rope Day: Securing Success Chapter 12 Playing Card Day: Everybody Wins! Chapter 13 Tarp Day: An Indoor Adventure Chapter 14 No Prop Day: Pure Fun-Willingness Not Included Chapter 15 Animal Day: Let Your Essence Shine Chapter 16 Balloon Day: Finding the Levity within You Part III Adventure-Based Counseling for Recovery from Addiction Chapter 17 Walking the Walk: ABC and Recovery from Addiction Chapter 18 Recovery Adventure Day

About the Author

Barney Straus, LCSW, CGP, is a psychotherapist in private practice with Working Sobriety in Chicago. He is the founder of Adventure Forward Therapy, a practice dedicated to using adventure-based methods to help clients achieve therapeutic goals. In addition to providing group and individual therapy, Straus offers adventure-based retreats and trainings. He is also a part-time faculty member at Loyola University Chicago, School of Social Work, and Roosevelt University, Department of Psychology. Barney is a Certified Group Psychotherapist, certified Level 2 challenge course facilitator, and a fellow of the American Group Psychotherapy Association.


This book is an impressive tour de force as it integrates the simplest forms of play with the most complex psychological dynamics that unfold as we work with mental illness and addiction. The most outstanding characteristic is its availability to the relatively new and naive activity therapist and its simultaneously profound implications for the more seasoned and sophisticated psychotherapist, particularly those of us who practice group psychotherapy. -- Jeffrey D. Roth, Jeffrey D. Roth, MD, lecturer, department of psychiatry, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, and medical director, Working Sobriety Chicago
Barney Straus has created a very useful guide for integrating group activities and exercises into the practice of group psychotherapy. Throughout the book, he recognizes the importance of these activities and understands the meaning and process of their implementation and impact. This thoughtful approach to Adventure-Based Counseling will be of interest to group therapists broadly and those treating patients with trauma or addictions in particular. -- Molyn Leszcz, Molyn Leszcz, MD, CGP, professor, department of psychiatry, University of Toronto, and president-elect, American Group Psychotherapy Association
Straus provides us with another resource where we can pull his book off the shelf, get clients out of their chairs, and walk the talk of adventure therapy. No longer is staying on the couch the place for therapy. -- Michael Gass, PhD, LMFT, College of Health and Human Services, University of New Hampshire

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