Strengths-Based TR Program Development Using the Leisure and Well-Being Model: Translating Theory into Practice




Well-being, positive emotion, strengths-based practice, theory-based practice, therapeutic recreation


The Leisure and Well-Being Model (LWM) (Carruthers & Hood, 2007; Hood & Carruthers, 2007) is a strengths-based therapeutic recreation (TR) service delivery model that provides a theoretical framework for TR practice designed to facilitate clients’ development of the skills, knowledge, and resources essential to well-being. The model articulates a process by which to increase clients’ capacities related to living well while simultaneously addressing problems and barriers that compromise their efforts to achieve well-being. The purpose of this article is to provide theoretical support, as well as practical strategies, that can be used to articulate and design TR programs that address the outcomes identified by the LWM.

Author Biographies

Colleen Deyell Hood, Brock University

Colleen Deyell Hood is a Professor in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies at Brock University

Cynthia P. Carruthers, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Cynthia Carruthers is a Professor Emerita at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas






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