Reflections on Therapeutic Recreation and Youth: Possibilities for Broadening Horizons
Keywords:Adventure Therapy, Human Development, Prevention, Therapeutic Recreation, Youth
AbstractThis paper introduces the Therapeutic Recreation Journal's special issue on youth. Observations about the state of the art of youth focused therapeutic recreation research and practice are provided and three main points are made. First, a comparison with a recent Journal of Park and Recreation Administration special issue on youth is made. The roles of professional preparation and professional organizations are discussed with regard to providing services to community living youth who engage in unhealthy and behaviors. Issues of risk, resiliency, and prevention are raised. Second, a discussion of the role of therapeutic recreation and adventure therapy is presented. Finally, observations concerning youth focused therapeutic recreation research are offered.
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