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Adventure Based Counseling Program (ABC)
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ABC is a therapeutic group activities program which provides after-school, evening, weekend as well as summer services to at-risk youth and their families. A wide range of activities includes problem initiatives, ropes courses, rock climbing, backpacking, and community service. These activities are utilized as an experiential framework from which to teach children and families how to work well with others.

ABC is a strengths-based approach that builds self-esteem, judgment and decision-making skills, communication skills, conflict resolution and pro-social peer affiliation and family team building. ABC operates in collaboration with several area schools and youth service providers. Although there is no cost to the teens who participate or their families, the ABC Program is funded, in part, by the Office of Mental Health of New York State, grant from the United Way of the Adirondack region and other community partners.

ABC was identified in a national research project by Access Measurement Systems (AMS) and Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership (MBHP) as the single most effective treatment program for ADHD out of over 300 agencies involved in the research and, as a result, received the Excellence in Service - Outstanding Achievement Award from the New York State Office of Mental Health on December 10, 2001.1

If you would like more information on this program for your school or municipality's recreation program, contact Gregg Dahlen by email or phone at 561-1767.

1 Holcomb, W. & Bietman, B et al. 1998. "Use of a New Outcome Scale to Determine Best Practices," Psychiatric Services, 49, 583-585, 595.

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