The hyperactivity and impulsivity experienced by children who are diagnosed with ADHD can pose challenges for families, teachers, and mental health counselors. The authors present an integrative model of Adlerian play therapy and adventure-based counseling (ABC) that extends beyond traditional talk therapy, fosters a strength-based perspective, and is action-oriented and dynamic. Specific ABC treatment activities for working with children and families affected by ADHD are presented.
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Torey L. Portrie-Bethke, PhD, NCC, is affiliated with the University of North Texas. Nicole R. Hill and Jerid G. Bethke are affiliated with Idaho State University. Correspondence about this article should be addressed to Torey L. Portrie-Bethke, Department of Counseling and Higher Education, University of North Texas, P.O. Box 310829, Denton, TX 76203-0829. E-mail:Torey.Portrie-Bethke@unt.edu.
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Upon completing this program, participants should be able to:
- Describe the elements of Adlerian play therapy and adventure-based counseling (ABC); and
- Explain how to use Adlerian play therapy and adventure-based counseling in the treatment of children with ADHD.