Recreation Therapy is made up of a variety of health care professionals who work with clients, patients and veterans to develop and use their leisure in ways that enhance their health, functional abilities, independence and quality of life.
Recreation Therapy endorses generically the Leisure Ability Model (Authors: Peterson and Stumbo) as a guiding principle for service delivery and practice; however, each client, patient and veteran population is analyzed through a comprehensive program plan which often results in the use of a different theoretical model as a guiding principle for practice.
Some of the models used, but not exclusively, include the:
- Health Protection / Health Promotion Model
- Enhancing Leisure Experience & Developing Resources: The Leisure & Well-Being Model, Part II
- Optimizing Lifelong Health and Well-Being: A Health Enhancing Model of Therapeutic Recreation
- Self-Determination & Enjoyment Enhancement
- Therapeutic Recreation Service Delivery & Therapeutic Recreation Outcome Models