chapter  1
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Reinventing the Wheel: From Talk Th erapy to Innovative Interventions


As those concerned with child and adolescent mental health, we can only hope that this quote is true for all children, and yet we know that sometimes children’s and adolescent’s life experiences, particularly traumatic ones, can close the door to the future. Th e idea for this book came from my work as a clinical social worker with children and adolescents. I have worked in a variety of settings including outpatient community mental health, youth and family counseling, schools, juvenile justice, youth mentoring programs, and wilderness and adventure therapy. Th e greatest gains I have seen young people make in therapy have come from corrective emotional experiences that have occurred outside of a talk therapy setting.