Experiential Approaches with Challenging Adolescents
Experiential approaches with challenging adolescents are numerous and widely varied both in New Zealand and around the world. This paper begins by defining „challenging adolescents‟ and „experiential approaches‟. It then goes on to explore the relevant literature and reviews the strengths and limitations of an experiential approach with this population. It concludes that although there is no shortage of anecdotal evidence to support the notion that this type of programme is beneficial and can help an individual make significant changes during the programme, there is doubt over the longevity of these changes after the young person returns to their „home‟ setting. This paper promotes the design and delivery of multi modal programmes, where the adventure approach works in partnership with other interventions focussed on other areas of the young person life. It also explores the diverse skills and knowledge required by staff to implement such programmes and suggests two possible alternatives to providing these competencies.