International Journal of Existential Positive Psychology

Connecting Theory to Programming: Using Existentialism and Adventure Based Counselling with Adolescents

J. Scott Glass

East Carolina University

Jeanna Jackson

East Carolina University


Adventure based counseling programs have been used with adolescents in a variety of settings. Typically, adventure based counseling programs are group oriented and help participants take responsibility for their own actions, increase selfawareness and connect with others. One potential limitation of adventure based counseling programs is that they are rarely identified with any established counseling theory. In fact, adventure based counseling programs have been labeled as being experience rich and theory poor <Warren, 2006>. This article aims to establish a connection between the tenets of Existentialism and the characteristics and outcomes of adventure based counseling programs.

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