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With high rates of psychological distress reported amongst children internationally, the development and evaluation of new program initiatives is critical in order to meet the challenge of this burgeoning issue. Both acceptance and commitment therapy and adventure therapy are emerging as popular strategies to elevate psychological wellbeing. This small-scale program evaluation focuses on nine upper primary school-aged children enrolled in a specialist school in Australia for children with challenging behavior and/or emotional needs. Participants completed a newly developed 8-week intervention entitled 'ACT in the Outdoors' which combined key principles of both acceptance and commitment therapy and adventure therapy. The program was evaluated via a combination of pre and post participant psychological measures, and post interviews with participants and teachers. The results of this small-scale preliminary evaluation suggest that a portion of the participating children reported improvements in psychological wellbeing and skill development. Improvements appear to be mitigated by attendance and level of psychological wellbeing upon program entry. Based on this premise, the results suggest that more research is warranted to further understand the potential benefit of this innovative interdisciplinary approach.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Frontiers in Psychology|
|Publication status||Published - 27 Aug 2018|
- Acceptance and commitment therapy
- Adventure therapy
- At-risk children
- Mental health
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Enhancing Wellbeing Through Acceptance Commitment Therapy and Outdoor Learning
Kumara Ward (Recipient), Danielle Tracey (Recipient), Son Truong (Recipient) & Tonia Gray (Recipient)Jun 2016 → Feb 2017
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