The Heart And Soul Of Change

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This packet contains some of the therapeutic assumptions, interventions and experiments we use when working with children and adolescents in adventure therapy settings. We will also provide a brief overview about using each client’s unique key strengths for tailor-fitting adventure therapy practices to further emotional processing and collaboration between adventure therapists and program participants.

Our program model was developed through ongoing evaluations allowing our adolescent clients and their families to be the best judge of the experience and what contributed to positive outcomes. By distancing ourselves from arguments about processes and models, we are looking to do more of what works and avoid prescribing more of the same treatments for clients that have been through the widespread network of numerous services and professionals.


Instead of focusing solely on the process of therapy, we have benefitted from tailor-fitting our approach to the unique factors most often reported by clients as to why they have changed. Hubble, Duncan, and Miller (1999) report in their book The Heart and Soul of Change: What Works in Therapy that client factors such as strengths and resources (40%) and the therapeutic relationship (30%) have more of an impact on client change than factors such as treatment models and therapeutic processes.

In our work we allow our adolescent clients, their parents and outcome-focused literature to inform our
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