Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Utilizing Sport in Conjunction with Groupwork as a Therapeutic Intervention for Youth: A Grant Proposal
by Burns, Brittany, M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2019, 50; 13859878
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this project was to write a grant to fund a program to utilize the sport of soccer in conjunction with traditional psychotherapy practices for youth who are likely to be separated from their families to live in residential group care. The goal of the proposed program is to give the identified youth an opportunity to build and increase self-esteem, improve peer and familial relationships, increase self-control, and decrease delinquent and aggressive behaviors. This program is not intended to be replace residential group care, but to provide an additional opportunity for the participants to develop said skills.

There are many lessons to be learned from sport; therefore, utilizing it as part of a therapeutic intervention can help alleviate some of the resistance toward receiving help and result in more positive outcomes. The program would be held at a local non-profit agency with the support from a potential funder whose mission and values are to provide opportunities for young people to build life skills. The youth would participate in a skill building session, game play, and then groupwork to discuss and debrief their experiences during each session.

By utilizing sport in conjunction with traditional group therapy, the breadth of therapeutic interventions would be increased, thus allowing more individuals to benefit from opportunities to which they might not otherwise be privileged.

Actual submission of this grant was not a requirement for this thesis project.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Potts, Marilyn
Commitee: Mayers Pasztor, Eileen, Wilson, Steve
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Social Work, School of
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 81/1(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social work, Therapy, Sports Management
Keywords: Group, Sport, Youth
Publication Number: 13859878
ISBN: 9781085558792
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