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By: H. L. (Lee) Gillis, Michael A. Gass & Keith C. Russell

In: Handbook of Group Counseling & Psychotherapy

Chapter 44: Adventure Therapy with Groups

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Adventure Therapy with Groups
Adventure therapy with groups
H. L. (Lee) GillisMichael A. GassKeith C. Russell

Slavson and Moreno, pioneers of group psychotherapy, used activities as a primary method of change in group work (Scheidlinger, 1995). Gillis and Bonney (1989) noted that if adventure experiences were known during Moreno's heyday, he would probably be heralded as an adventure therapist as well as a psychodramatist. While the activity base for group work has been abandoned for many years in favor of “talk therapies,” it has been “rediscovered” by art, music, wilderness, recreation, and other more active, experientially based group therapies. The purpose of this chapter is to update the concepts of Adventure Therapy (AT) and provide readers with a rationale for the use of adventure experiences in ...

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