Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


School of Education

First Advisor

Dane Joseph, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Marc Shelton, Ed.D.


This study evaluated the effectiveness of Sanford Harmony and Adventure Based Counseling (ABC) interventions on the emotional regulation of 4th-grade students. Students were not randomly selected in this study, and pre and postassessments were measured using an Emotion Regulation Questionnaire. Results indicated both interventions had a positive effect on participants’ emotional regulation. Further, the Sanford Harmony and ABC intervention were found to be successful in improving emotional regulation. These improvements helped with regulating oneself, dealing with trauma, helping with relationships, and solving problems. Implications for counselors and educators include recommending both interventions as a means to improve students’ emotional regulation. Both curricula have many resources to offer that help school counselors in delivering this curriculum for fostering inclusivity and building a positive school climate. Future research should seek to understand how Sanford Harmony and ABC skills can be used in traditional academic coursework that meet educational K-12 standards. Additionally, it would be useful to explore creating an evaluation plan that would keep track of goals which target emotional regulation skills for changes that were made over a given time. Understanding these connections could inform more comprehensive approaches to student support.