Disclaimer: My Breakthrough goal is to put together an inspirational book about recreation therapy. That is the #1 reason why I decided to attend BTS and I am so glad I did.
I attended Jack Canfield’s Breakthrough to Success (BTS) last week in Philadelphia. I purposely attended because I have a breakthrough goal to put together a book of inspirational stories about recreation therapy outcomes.
Jack Canfield’s Breakthrough to Success (BTS) has a lot in common with Recreation Therapy.
Canfield’s BTS workshop is geared towards helping people identify their real dreams and purposes in life and to go for them.
WHO RECEIVES RECREATION THERAPY?
Recreation Therapy is a service for people with illness or disabling conditions (in example: trauma from abuse, physical trauma like head injury, Alzheimer’s Disease, eating disorders, cancer treatment, and so much more.) The RT works under the supervision of an attending physician as well.
The rec therapy process consists of assessing an individual (patient’s) strengths and area of needed improvement (the treatment).
GOAL-PLANNING (with very well-written and measurable objectives)
The rec therapist works with the patient to create a written goal. (Big goal – goal planning).
THE RECREATION THERAPIST:
The rec therapist is a trainer/ coach. The rec therapist systematically and purposely provides (recreation and activity-based interventions) to help the patient with treating illness and promoting the highest independent functioning skills.
RECREATION THERAPY INTERVENTIONS:
Recreation therapy interventions consist of many things that were taught by Jack, including: humor therapy, interpersonal/ social interaction and skills, relaxation skills training, animal-assisted therapy, horse-therapy, meditation, yoga, guided imagery, team-building, self-esteem building, self-expression/ creativity, physical exercise, a balanced lifestyle, positive thinking, and so much more.
VALIDATION (for us in the helping field) – which I imagine 100% of people at BTS are.
I found Jack’s BTS to be very validating for people who are helping positions (not just RTs, but teachers, mentors, coaches, and others).
REC THERAPY EVALUATION AND OUTCOMES:
The rec therapist provides an evaluation on the date determined during the goal-planning phase to check if goals and objectives were met or if the goals and objectives to be revised.
Successful outcomes of rec therapy are often in these five domains, much like Jack Canfield’s 7 areas for balance:
· Social outcomes: Increased interpersonal skills, increase social connections, increase social support, increase friendship.
· Physical outcomes: Increase physical strength and endurance. Overcome physical limitations.
· Cognitive outcomes: Improve thinking skills.
· Emotional outcomes: Increase self-esteem, increase relaxation, decrease symptoms of stress, depression, anxiety.
· Personal outcomes: Personal goals.
Those are my thoughts. Thanks for reading.
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Danny Pettry My personal email: Danny@DannyPettry.com