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A Philosophical Analysis of Therapeutic Recreation: What Does It Mean to Say "We Can Be Therapeutic?" Part II

Kenneth E. Mobily


The purpose of this second part of a philosophical exploration of TR is to follow the principles established in Part I to their probable consequences for TR practice, research and education.. The implications for practice contrast with the NTRS position statement with regard to such issues as leisure counseling, reimbursement for services and subjectiveness in leisure experiencing. An existential perspective on TR broadens the horizons for research too, recognizing other ways of knowing. Finally, though the principles related to the nature of the TR environment, the therapist and the recreation activity are important to teach; engendering an existential TR attitude in our students is perhaps most crucial. Part II concludes with a call for a more holistic attitude toward TR in order to better know its ultimate properties and what it means to say, "we can be therapeutic.."


Therapeutic Recreation; Philosophy; Curriculum; Practice,;Research

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