Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Evaluation of Counselors' Pre/Postgraduate Training in Adventure-Based Counseling
by Mata-Hartshorn, Christella, Ph.D., Regent University, 2013, 130; 3570270
Abstract (Summary)

This dissertation evaluates adventure-based counseling (ABC) training among pre/postgraduates. This study is secured in the theoretical statements of expert professionals involved in ABC. ABC includes real-life experiences that allow practitioners of various theoretical backgrounds to use outdoor activities and design a curriculum appropriate for their unique setting. The diverse techniques in ABC are one of the primary strengths of this method and one that supports trends in many helping fields. Although a distinct framework for ABC was created, practitioners currently lack organizations and educational programs that oversee certification in both adventure and clinical therapy under one ABC discipline (Fletcher & Hinkle, 2002). Theorists such as Maslow, Glasser, Erikson, Bandura, and Rogers are used in ABC to help clients comprehend the association between their adventure encounter and the cognitive and behavioral processes (Fletcher & Hinkle, 2002; Schoel, Prouty, & Radcliffe, 1989). This evaluation of ABC training provides counselors and individuals in other related fields with a closer look at a set of guidelines practitioners can follow. This study used a Delphi methodology (Dalkey, 1969) in the data collection of 10 expert professionals that arrive at a group consensus in areas regarding ABC training. The investigation reflects on the (a) common concerns in areas of expertise, (b) concerns for ABC practitioners in pre/postgraduate training, (c) cross-training programs and certification in experiential and mental health areas (Itin, 2001; Schoel et al., 1989), and (d) resources needed to operationalize ABC programs.

Keywords: ABC, practitioners, outdoor activities, programs, ABC professionals

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Rehfuss, Mark
School: Regent University
School Location: United States -- Virginia
Source: DAI-B 74/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Behavioral psychology, Social psychology, Counseling Psychology
Keywords: Adventure therapy, Adventure-based counseling, Counselor training
Publication Number: 3570270
ISBN: 9781303137778
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