D. Maurie Lung, MLHC, LMFT has always loved the out-of-doors and adventure—as a child playing wildly imaginative games in the woods with her brothers to months spent gloriously discovering new adventures at summer camp. Not surprisingly, her first work experience was providing opportunities for outdoor adventure as a camp counselor and her favorite hobby is to backpack (she has now backpacked in all 50 states!). This led her to study environmental education and outdoor recreation in college and eventually direct a summer camp. She saw that campers and counselors were not only learning about the world around them and gaining new skills, but also learning about the world inside them and how to relate to others in a more caring and authentic way. She witnessed the power of experience through meaningful activity that allows participants to freely express their difficult thoughts and feelings through the use of active experiences. This lead to an MA in Counseling continuing doctorate level work in Clinical Psychology. Currently, she is licensed (in both Florida and California) as a marriage family therapist and mental health counselor, practicing in the Tampa Bay area. She has had many opportunities to facilitate programs in therapeutic, educational, and recreational settings both nationally and internationally.
The authors invite you to explore the intentional use of interactive interventions as a primary methodology in family treatment. The activities they introduce into the therapy office provide an immediate context for witnessing how the family functions first-hand. In this manner, families reveal systems, structures, cognitive and emotional processes, strategies, communication styles, approaches to problem-solving, as well as other issues traditionally targeted in the process of family treatment. The intent is to provide an environment that allows family members to freely and genuinely demonstrate their strengths and limitations.
Adventure-based, individual counseling invites clients to take action during the session and utilize the material that arises in the moment, at the point of performance, to address and move toward treatment goals. The connection to DSM-IV TR diagnoses and treatment planning represents an alignment with mental health treatment that strengthens the literature, making this book an innovative and important contribution to the fields of counseling and therapy.