What do you think of when we say therapy? Do you think of playing a video game, making crafts, or painting a picture? You might if you’ve ever experienced recreational therapy! The American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA) defines recreational therapy (RT), or therapeutic recreation, as “a systematic process that utilizes recreation and other activity-based interventions to address the assessed needs of individuals with illnesses and/or disabling conditions, as a means to psychological and physical health, recovery, and well-being.” ARTA goes on to describe RT as a “treatment service designed to restore, remediate, and rehabilitate a person’s level of functioning and independence in life activities, to promote health and wellness, as well as reduce or eliminate the activity limitations and restrictions to participation in life situations caused by an illness or disabling condition.”
Why is RT important?
It is important because its principal objective is to improve a person’s functioning and assist them in staying as active, healthy, and independent as possible in the life pursuits they have chosen. What makes RT unique is the use of recreational modalities as part of an individual’s intervention strategies. This approach is individualized to each person by their interests and lifestyle. By incorporating a person’s interests, their family and friends, and their community, recreational therapists make the therapy process more meaningful and relevant for the people they serve. Source: NARIC
First Responder Trauma Program
(Outdoor & Experiential Activities)
Recreation Therapy is widely regarded as an essential piece of recovery. Becoming more physically healthy allows responders to become mentally healthy as well. One actually cannot exist without the other! Most clients have a trauma history that drives their symptoms which is usually very dangerous and chaotic. For self defense, clients often dissociate from their physical bodies, as well as their spiritual selves.
These are some of the Recreations Responders Participate in while at Deer Hollow Recovery & Wellness.