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Meaning-Centered Therapeutic Recreation: A Practical Approach

Tristan Hopper, Julia Froese, Yoshitaka Iwasaki


The purpose of this manuscript is to further explore the role of therapeutic recreation (TR) in utilizing a meaning- centered approach to practice, specifically through the incorporation of a meaning-making framework. This discussion is grounded in and builds upon previous strengths-based TR literature. Leisure-induced meaning making may be best understood/characterized by five key themes including: (a) a joyful life, (b) a connected life (c) a discovered life, (d) a composed life, and (e) an empowered life. Finally, strategies for incorporating the framework into practice are offered as a beginning point for practitioners who wish to infuse meaning-centered work in their practice, including a discussion on potential challenges with utilizing this approach.

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engagement; meaning-making; recreational therapy; strengths-based; therapeutic recreation practice

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