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Research in Outdoor Education

Abstract

n 1992 a review of research in adventure therapy offered a perspective that utilized work in psy­chotherapy as a lens to view the current state of the field. From that review, several recommenda­tions were made to gain respect within the field of traditional mental health. This update examines the recommendations made in 1992 and updates them utilizing research that has taken place in adventure therapy and borrowing liberally from suggestions made for enhancing the field of psy­chotherapy. The article makes the following points. First, the field of adventure therapy must cre­ate a collective document that addresses its accomplishments and effectiveness. Technology al­lows world wide web connections that can facilitate the process of communication at levels we were unaware of in 1992. Second, the clinically significant events of adventure therapy need to be examined through a massive survey of consumers of our service in order to achieve credibility with mental health and those who hold the purse strings. If we do not do so, we risk benefiting our potential consumers, those who may not be able to access adventure therapy as a viable approach to treatment. Finally, the time is ripe with possibilities for researchers and several avenues are ex­plored for shaping the future of the field.

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