Flourishing through Leisure: An Ecological Extension of the Leisure and Well-Being Model in Therapeutic Recreation Strengths-Based Practice


  • Lynn S. Anderson
  • Linda A. Heyne


Well-being, leisure, strengths approach, social model of disability, ecological approach, therapeutic recreation practice models


This article describes a model for strengths-based therapeutic recreation practice called Flourishing Through Leisure: An Ecological Extension of the Leisure and Well-Being Model (Anderson & Heyne, 2012), which is founded on the theories presented in the companion article in this issue, “Theories That Support Strengths-Based Practice in Therapeutic Recreation.” The new model is an extension of the Leisure and Well-Being Model developed by Carruthers and Hood (2007) and Hood and Carruthers (2007), broadened to embrace the ways in which environmental or contextual factors contribute to well-being and to include the domain of spirituality as an area of focus for therapeutic recreation. Grounded strongly in the ecological approach and the social model of disability, the Flourishing Through Leisure Model situates the person in the environment and outlines the scope of therapeutic recreation practice to include services directed not only toward helping the person but also toward changing social and physical environments.





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