A Proposed Accountability Model for Therapeutic Recreation Services
Keywords:Accountability, Documentation, Client Outcomes, Therapeutic Recreation Service Delivery
AbstractThe Therapeutic Recreation Accountability Model (TRAM) is an attempt to synthesize several important concepts found within the therapeutic recreation accountability literature. Several authors in the field have called for a focus on producing client outcomes, and on being more accountable for the delivery and outcomes of our services. However, most sources discuss only one or a few of the factors in increasing service accountability, resulting in a rather fragmented approach to conceptualizing the total therapeutic recreation service delivery system. The TRAM is intended to help bridge this conceptual gap through use of a pictorial displaying various decision points (often calling for some form of documentation) and their inter-relationships. The TRAM is intended to provide a more comprehensive and cohesive view of actions taken by therapeutic recreation specialists in delivering quality, accountable services.
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