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Posttraumatic Growth and MetaHabilitation in Recreational Therapy Practice: A Strengths-Based Pathway to Recovery

Joyce Mikal-Flynn, Lynn S. Anderson, Jamie Hoffman


Individuals experience trauma and crisis. The troubling effects of trauma are exacerbated when the estimation of resources needed to successfully manage such an event and life after is greater than a person’s perceived strengths and available assets. MetaHabilitation is a strengths-based rehabilitation framework recognizing and harnessing each person’s strengths and capacity for survival and more importantly, for posttraumatic growth. MetaHabilitation identifies critical events as vehicles that may provide profound and clear opportunities to find meaning in life, creatively restructure the self, build a new future, and encourage posttraumatic growth. This article provides support for the use of the MetaHabilitation model in strengths-based recreational therapy practice, as well as specific guidance for its application.

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metahabilitation; posttraumatic growth; quality of life; recreational therapy/therapeutic recreation; well-being

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