Youth Recreation and Resiliency: Putting Theory Into Practice in Fairfax County
Keywords:Outcomes, Resiliency, Therapeutic Recreation, Teen Centers, Youth
AbstractYouth recreation programming is increasingly focused on developing resilience among participants. Because of this emphasis on developmental program outcomes, youth programmers could benefit from adopting therapeutic recreation practices to more effectively deliver their services. Theories of therapeutic recreation practice, as well as specific skills developed in TR professionals, can be integral to effective youth programming. The Fairfax County (VA) Department of Community and Recreation Services provides an example of a teen center program that has been integrated with TR services, strengthening the department's approach to youth services. Implications of increasing the role of TR in youth development programming for practitioners and researchers are presented.
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