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Experiential Approaches. Steve Hanson Director, Bureau of Addiction Treatment Centers NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services. Does this work for everyone?. Learning Styles. People learn by watching People learn by hearing People learn by reading People learn by doing.

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experiential approaches

Experiential Approaches

Steve Hanson

Director, Bureau of Addiction Treatment Centers

NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services

learning styles
Learning Styles
  • People learn by watching
  • People learn by hearing
  • People learn by reading
  • People learn by doing
experiential activities
Experiential Activities
  • Encourage neurochemical recovery
  • Allow the client to experience the feelings, solutions, and outcomes.
  • Can be fun
  • Practice the behavior
  • Team Building – Support for Drug Court Participants
  • Problem Solving – must think through
think of the issues for two people
New Participant

Recovery – it’s not what I’m used to.

I’ll do it my way

I don’t trust these people

Needs to learn new skills

New Prosecutor

Drug Court – it’s not what I’m used to.

I’ll do it my way

I don’t trust these people

Needs to learn new skills

Think of the issues for two people
traditional talk therapy
Traditional “Talk” Therapy
  • Individual/Group sessions
  • Talk about “issues”
  • “Talking the Talk”
  • An “artificial” environment
  • Can be dominated by certain members
  • Some people don’t talk
lectures movies
Lectures/Movies
  • Used to present information –important
  • Less interaction – passive
  • Retention issues – particularly in early recovery
  • Application issues – can you do it after hearing/watching it?
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Experiential Approaches
  • Everyone participates
  • Does not require great verbal skills
  • Participants must think through problems
  • Experience whether their solutions work.
  • Fun and energizing
concepts
Concepts
  • Trust
  • Thinking “out of their box”
  • “My way isn’t working so well”
  • Communication
  • Following directions
  • Listening
  • “I could use some help”
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Experiential Activities
  • Role Plays – what scenarios will folks face
  • Paper exercises
  • “Game Shows” – Recovery Jeopardy
  • Exercises
  • Ropes Course
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role plays
Role Plays
  • Who will I have to say no to?
  • “The Bad Day” with a Greek Chorus
  • My last relapse
  • Dealing with triggers
  • Benefits – think through situations, practice the behavior
the bad day
THE BAD DAY
  • PARTICIPANT
  • BOSS
  • SIGNIFICANT OTHER
  • DEALER/FRIEND
  • CHORUS – 5 MEMBERS
exercises
Exercises
  • Activities designed to elicit feelings
  • Learning moments
  • Use different props – cheap
  • Fun to do.
  • Watch the participants – their issues will be right in front of you.
ropes courses
Ropes Courses
  • Low elements
  • High elements
  • Group problem solving
  • Doing things you never thought you could do.
  • Fun without drugs
  • Look for colleges with recreation therapy programs
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