Wilderness Therapy for Women: The Power of Adventure [NOOK Book]

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Wilderness Therapy for Women offers women risktaking adventure activities in the outdoors as an alternative to traditional therapy. The contributing authors illustrate the empowerment, confidence, and self-esteem women can derive from adventure and experiential activities. This is the first book of its kind devoted to the symbolic value of wilderness accomplishments to women’s mental health.

Wilderness Therapy for Women unites women with nature and each other by lifting the ...

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Wilderness Therapy for Women: The Power of Adventure

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Overview

Wilderness Therapy for Women offers women risktaking adventure activities in the outdoors as an alternative to traditional therapy. The contributing authors illustrate the empowerment, confidence, and self-esteem women can derive from adventure and experiential activities. This is the first book of its kind devoted to the symbolic value of wilderness accomplishments to women’s mental health.

Wilderness Therapy for Women unites women with nature and each other by lifting the social constraints surrounding women in adventure pursuits. It offers women a new method of healing while developing an appreciation for the uniqueness of the environment. Daring experiences in the outdoors rekindles a sense of strength and a respect for the provider of that strength. A therapeutic experience from the outdoors provides women with an awareness of their capabilities to strengthen and preserve themselves and their surroundings. This book is divided into four parts: Theoretical Perspectives, Wilderness Therapy in Action, Special Populations, and Personal Narratives. Readers will find many topics of interest including:

  • Body image and wilderness therapy
  • The therapeutic value of the wilderness
  • Ethical considerations of experiential therapy
  • Ropes courses for women
  • All-women’s river trips
  • Special populations: rape and incest survivors, welfare mothers, and mid-life women.

    Intended as a guide book, Wilderness Therapy for Women is ideal for mental health professionals who are either practicing wilderness therapy or merely inquisitive about it. Outfitters and professional outdoor leaders will benefit from chapters on theory, applications, and special populations. Outdoor program administrators and educators who must remain on the cutting edge of their industry will also profit from this book.

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Suggests risk-taking adventure activities for women in the outdoors and explains how they can help build empowerment, confidence, and self-esteem. For mental health professionals, outfitters, trek leaders, and outdoor program administrators and educators. Also published as Women and Therapy, v.15, nos. 3/4. Paper edition (058-4), $19.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781317764625
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/4/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 278
  • Sales rank: 1,074,834
  • File size: 3 MB

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Nuestra Hermana 9
Wilderness Therapy: What Makes It Empowering for Women? 11
Self-Control: The Key to Adventure? Towards a Model of the Adventure Experience 29
Transforming Body Image Through Women's Wilderness Experiences 43
Ethical Considerations in Adventure Therapy: A Feminist Critique 55
The Wilderness Solo: An Empowering Growth Experience for Women 85
Women on the Ropes: Change Through Challenge 101
Building Self-Efficacy Through Women-Centered Ropes Course Experiences 111
What Is the Therapeutic Value of Camping for Emotionally Disturbed Girls? 129
Equine Psychotherapy: Worth More than Just a Horse Laugh 139
Two Bears, Dancing: A Mid-Life Vision Quest 147
Therapeutic Considerations of Wilderness Experiences for Incest and Rape Survivors 161
Breaking Through Barriers: Wilderness Therapy for Sexual Assault Survivors 175
Women's Adventure Group: Experiential Therapy in an HMO Setting 185
So ... What Does Rock Climbing Have to Do with Career Planning? 205
When I Reach the Place I'm Goin', I Will Surely Know My Way 217
Climbing for My Life 229
After the Next Full Moon 235
A New Generation of Women in the Wilderness 243
Index 259
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