More than "Just Having Fun": Reconsidering the Role of Enjoyment in Therapeutic Recreation Practice


  • Susan Hutchinson
  • Adrienne LeBlanc
  • Rhonda Booth


Enjoyment, functional intervention, leisure education, recreation participation, Therapeutic Recreation practice


Enjoyment has been incorporated as an endpoint in a continuum of Therapeutic Recreation (TR) service delivery and as an outcome of participation in the TR process. However, the specific ways in which enjoyment may contribute to enhancing therapeutic processes or outcomes (i.e., as a tool to facilitate positive change) in TR settings have received less attention. Drawing on evidence from an ethnographic study of therapeutic recreation practice in a rehabilitation hospital setting, the purpose of this paper is to examine the ways that enjoyment may be fostered (or constrained) in the delivery of programs and services associated with TR (recreation participation, leisure education, functional intervention). Suggestions for TR practice include validating the importance of recreation programs through improved program/outcome evaluation, cultivating enjoyment, reflective practice, and fostering social connections.





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