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This directory lists 257 organizations with therapeutic adventure and experiential programs for special needs populations. The information was generated from a survey of members of the Association for Experiential Education. Special needs populations include youth-at-risk, persons with addictions, juvenile and adult offenders, inpatient and outpatient psychiatric patients, sexual victims and perpetrators, developmentally disabled persons, physically handicapped persons, and minority groups. The range of adventure and experiential activities include wilderness-based activities such as camping, backpacking, rock climbing, canoeing, rappelling, and rafting; residential camps; urban adventure programs; indoor and outdoor group initiatives and ropes courses; expressive arts; Native American ceremonies; farming and gardening; and environmental education. The directory lists organizations in alphabetical order and includes organization address and phone number; name of program director; number of staff members; populations served; average length of program; number of clients per year; types of experiential and adventure activities; program profiles; therapeutic goals of the program; counseling orientation and philosophy; and counseling education and training of the staff. An index lists programs by state. (LP)

Descriptors: Adventure Education, At Risk Persons, Camping, Counseling, Counselor Training, Experiential Learning, Higher Education, Intervention, Organizational Objectives, Organizations (Groups), Outdoor Education, Program Descriptions, Rehabilitation, Resident Camp Programs, Surveys, Therapy, Youth Programs

Association for Experiential Education, 2885 Aurora Ave., #28, Boulder, CO 80303-2252 (member: $12.50 plus shipping; nonmember: $15 plus shipping).

Autor: Gerstein, Jackie, Ed.


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