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NCJ Number: 66111 Find in a Library
Title: NOTES ON DOS AND DON'TS OF SELECTING AND ORIENTING DELINQUENTS FOR PARTICIPATION IN AN OUTWARD BOUND COURSE (FROM OUTWARD BOUND IN CORRECTIONS - A COMPILATION, 1977 - SEE NCJ-66107)
Author(s): G L GOLINS
Corporate Author: Colorado Outward Bound School
United States of America
Date Published: 1977
Page Count: 4
Sponsoring Agency: Colorado Outward Bound School
Denver, CO 80203
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: PROCEDURES FOR SELECTING AND ORIENTING PARTICIPANTS FOR A WILDERNESS TRAINING EXPERIENCE DESIGNED TO COUNTER DELINQUENT BEHAVIORS ARE DESCRIBED.
Abstract: WILDERNESS TRAINING AS EPITOMIZED BY THE COLORADO OUTWARD BOUND PROGRAM, IS A SERIES OF PROGRAMED PHYSICAL AND SOCIAL PROBLEMSOLVING TASKS CONDUCTED IN THE WILDERNESS. PHYSICAL CHALLENGES ARE CREATED IN EXPERIENCES OF BACKPACKING, ROCK CLIMBING, CANOEING, SAILING, AND ROUTE-FINDING. SOCIAL ACHIEVEMENT IS ATTAINED THROUGH TEAM TASKS. THE PROGRAM IS DESIGNED TO BUILD SKILLS, ATTITUDES, AND BEHAVIOR TRANSFERABLE TO FUNCTIONING IN A NORMATIVE MANNER IN THE COMMUNITY. APPLICANTS UNLIKELY TO SUCCEED IN OUTWARD BOUND SHOULD BE SCREENED OUT. NOT EVERYONE HAS THE PSYCHOLOGICAL OR PHYSICAL FITNESS TO DEAL WITH THE CHALLENGES POSED IN OUTWARD BOUND. INTRINSIC MOTIVATION TO PARTICIPATE AND SUCCEED IN THE PROGRAM IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS; INVOLUNTARY PARTICIPATION SHOULD BE PROHIBITED. DELINQUENTS PAST THE ONSET OF ADOLESCENCE ARE MORE LIKELY TO BENEFIT FROM THE PROGRAM THAN YOUNGER DELINQUENTS. WHILE ALL TYPES OF YOUTHFUL OFFENDERS HAVE SUCCESSFULLY PARTICIPATED IN OUTWARD BOUND, THOSE WHO ARE EMOTIONALLY DISTURBED IN NEED OF CLINICAL SUPERVISION DO NOT DO WELL IN THE PROGRAM. DELINQUENTS WHO HAVE THE ANALYTICAL ABILITY TO TRANSFER BEHAVIORS LEARNED IN THE PROGRAM TO COMMUNITY ENVIRONMENTS ARE MORE LIKELY TO RECEIVE LASTING RESULTS. FOLLOW-UP OPPORTUNITIES SHOULD BE PRESENTED AS A COMPONENT OF THE PROGRAM AT THE TIME OF CLIENT SELECTION AND ORIENTATION. REQUIREMENTS OF THE FOLLOW-UP SHOULD BE THE FOCUS OF CONTRACTS WITH PARTICIPANTS BEFORE THEY BEGIN THE PROGRAM. THE ORIENTATION SHOULD MAKE CLEAR THAT OUTWARD BOUND IS AN ARDUOUS GROWTH EXPERIENCE MORE THAN IT IS A RECREATIONAL ACTIVITY. PREPARATION FOR THE WILDERNESS EXPERIENCE SHOULD BE THOROUGH, PARTICULARLY FOR PARTICIPANTS FROM AN URBAN ENVIRONMENT. PARENTS AND 'SIGNIFICANT OTHERS' SHOULD ALSO PARTICIPATE IN ORIENTATION EXPERIENCES. (RCB)
Index Term(s): Behavioral objectives; Colorado; Counseling; Juvenile justice management; Juvenile treatment methods; Personnel selection; Program planning; Wilderness programs
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