The outdoor environment has a long history of being a popular venue for a variety of therapeutic recreation (TR) programs. Its potential to add a unique dimension to practice has been increasingly used by many TR programs. This article provides an overview of the basic theoretical frameworks underlying outdoor experiential therapies (OET), explores related terms (e.g., Adventure Therapy), and discusses some of the implications of including OET into TR programs. Also described are specific benefits of OET, the relationship between OET and TR practice models, types of OET, and emerging trends and issues.
Author Alan W. Ewert, Bryan P. McCormick, Alison E. Voight
Volume Vol 35, No 2 (2001)