Agency Head: Lynette Spencer, LCSW, Executive Director
Address: 14 Health Services Drive, DeKalb, Illinois 60115
Phone: 815.758.8616 ext 226
As an alternative to traditional counseling Adventure Works is committed to offering adventure therapy services to at-risk youth in DeKalb County as a way to intervene in a timely and preventative manner with the goal of teaching the life skills necessary for becoming self-sufficient and confident, mentally healthy adults.
Adventure therapy is based in outdoor and experiential education. Activities are safely structured to encourage healthy risk taking in new or unfamiliar settings, creating opportunities to develop problem-solving skills, teamwork, and feelings of accomplishment, which can promote positive behavior changes through isomorphic connections. An isomorphic connection is made when a learning experience is transferred to a life experience. All adventure therapy activities are discussed with the youth and related to common, day-to-day situations.
Adventure Works is based in a group therapy setting, mainly outdoors. Groups are composed of 6-8 youth, ages 6-18 years. Group facilitators are knowledgeable about the activities and lead the groups with an educational and therapeutic focus, and will model skills and behaviors for the youth by participating in every activity along side the participants.