Therapy or Culture: A Comparison of the Buckhorn Model of Therapy to Other Therapeutic Models in the United States

by Zupancic, Christine Lyn

Abstract (Summary)
This thesis compares the Buckhorn model of therapy used at the Buckhorn Children's Center in Kentucky to four traditional models of therapy that are used to counsel children who have experienced some type of abuse. Since abused children manifest emotional dysfunction resulting in maladjusted behavior, the types of therapy compared in this thesis are those particularly designed to understand the root of maladjusted behavior and to correct it by exploring different avenues with which behavior can be adapted. The thesis also examines the impact of the surrounding Appalachian culture on the Buckhorn model of therapy. Since the authors developed the model at the Buckhorn's Children's Center in the heart of Appalachia Kentucky, cultural influences were implicit in the model. This thesis offers an interesting look at the degree to which cultural values can influence a model of therapy. In rating the Buckhorn model of therapy, it was determined to reflect aspects from both the Appalachian culture and a "milieu" therapeutic treatment approach. Buckhorn's therapeutic philosophy promotes teaching individuals about their strengths to catalyze emotional growth in a positive, responsible direction. This philosophy heavily influences the way in which individuals leaving the Buckhorn community will re-enter and assimilate into a world characterized by stress, violence and material success. Additionally, the Buckhorn experience will positively influence individuals as they venture into the world, using their acquired knowledge to augment a personal sense of responsibility, accountability and well being.
Bibliographical Information:


School:University of Cincinnati

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:alternative therapeutic method cultural thereapy children s center therapy appalachian aspects of buckhorn


Date of Publication:01/01/2000

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