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Enhancing Leisure Experience and Developing Resources: The Leisure and Well-Being Model, Part II

Colleen Deyell Hood, Cynthia Carruthers


A focus on the promotion of well-being is a valuable perspective for therapeutic recreation (TR) practice. The importance of positive emotion and the cultivation of one's capacities as avenues through which to strengthen well-being are well supported in the literature and provide the foundation for a service delivery model focused on well-being as the outcome of service - the "Leisure and Well-Being Model" (LWM). This article, building upon Part 1, provides in-depth descriptions and discussion of the components of the LWM that can be used to guide TR practice. The two major components of TR service are (a) to increase the value of leisure in building resources, creating positive emotion, and cultivating one's full potential (Enhancing Leisure Experience), and (b) to provide psycho-educational interventions that facilitate resource development. The LWM provides the profession with a theoretical framework for practice that focuses on mobilizing clients' resources and strengths toward their own desired futures.


Well-being, positive emotion, resources, strength-based practice, theory-based practice, leisure, therapeutic recreation

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