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Research in Outdoor Education

Abstract

Through the use of a group counseling format in conjunction with the adventme activities, participants in the growing number of adventure-based counseling programs are gaining a better understanding of the consequences of their behavior patterns. The purpose of this investigation was to identify those group counseling skills relevant to adventure based counseling. The subjects were the supervisors and counselors from the adventure based programs. Participants were asked to respond to a mailed questionnaire. 'fh1ough this investigation, those skills relevant to adventure.-based counseling were identified. The investigation was designed to take the first steps in examining adventure -based counseling as a form of group counseling. If the practitioners in this field are to establish credibility within the larger counseling field, they need to demonstrate that standards exist and that training can provide established skill competencies.

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