A ropes course is an outdoor activity designed to assist clients in overcoming their fears, learn to develop trust with people in their program, and identify new strategies towards finding success in their recovery. Different ropes courses may involve team effort, while others may require a person to gain personal strength as they embark on an endeavor on their own. Individuals who are scared of heights may find the ropes course particularly challenging but utilizing coping skills in these moments of fear can help a person to become stronger both physically and mentally.
A 2015 study titled “Learning Goals and the Challenge Course Experience: An Explanatory Study” involved the participation of 375 individuals who were divided into 16 different groups and led to complete various high and low ropes courses. Several skills, benefits, and outcomes were associated with the varying ropes courses:
- Critical thinking
- Task accomplishment
- Problem-solving skills
Results from the study indicated that even at a 3-month follow up, participants found significant increases in all of the outcomes listed above, and even maintained these skills 15 months after the activities took place. All participants stated that the ropes course had a positive impact on their lives.
If you’re nervous to partake in outdoor activities such as the ropes course, remember that even situations that make us uncomfortable at times can be the best moments for transformation and growth. Some of your peers may be nervous, too – but this can lead to valuable bonding time, allowing you to further develop your social support system while you focus on your recovery. Ropes courses have you strapped in for safety, so you will not be able to fall and get hurt. A professional will be there as well to ensure everything is set up properly.
Speak with a professional at a reputable treatment center today to learn more about ropes courses and how you can implement this into your recovery program.
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