Abilene Campus (Residential)
Date of Award
Marriage and Family Therapy
Master of Marriage and Family Therapy
Committee Chair or Primary Advisor
Dr. Dale Bertram
Second Committee Member or Secondary Advisor
Dr. Lisa Merchant
Third Committee Member or Committee Reader
Dr. Lisa Powell
Adventure-Based Therapy (ABT) models have been used for many years in the United States and beyond, primarily in adolescent and young adult populations. This project seeks to explore the experiences of couples on an ABT trip. Couples were asked to share their lived experiences as it pertains to marital intimacy, nature, and Christian spirituality. Seven themes emerged as the interviews were transcribed and confirmed by the couples: appreciation for nature, building community, care shown by partner, connecting with God outdoors, leaving technology, preparation together, and shared activity. These themes form the backbone of potential new outcomes as couples’ work is explored in the backcountry. This thesis concludes by exploring potential areas for future research.
Boyer, Edward, "Adventure-Based Therapy: Couple Intimacy with Christian Spirituality" (2018). Digital Commons @ ACU, Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 111.