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Assessing for Strengths in Recreation Therapy Practice

May 25, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Assessing for Strengths in Recreation Therapy Practice
Wednesday May 25th  at 12:00pm PST

                              Presenter: Dr. Lynn Anderson
Assessment is the process of discovery. In the strengths approach to recreation therapy practice, assessment provides a deeper understanding of a participant’s strengths, dreams, goals, aspirations, and current status. Assessment helps us understand the context of a participant’s life, including family, community, and other resources. And, last, assessment provides us with information to plan, implement, and evaluate person-centered services. In this webinar, we will review the strengths approach in the assessment process, discuss some useful assessment tools (including the Leisure Competence Measure), and review how assessment can be used to measure overall outcomes for participants and for recreation therapy services.

NCTRC job analysis code: assessment process and documentation

Learning outcomes:

  1. Participants will be able to define the strengths approach in health, recreation, and human services and describe at least two ways this approach impacts the assessment process.
  2. Participants will identify internal and external strengths and at least six assessment tools (including the Leisure Competence Measure) to measure and describe them, using an ecological approach.
  3. Participants will be able to identify two ways assessment data can be used to measure outcomes at the individual and program/service level.

About the presenter: Dr. Lynn Anderson, CTRS, CPRP, FDRT, FALS is a Distinguished Service Professor in the Recreation, Parks and Leisure Studies Department at State University of New York at Cortland, and the director for the Inclusive Recreation Resource Center. She has been active in the field of therapeutic recreation, inclusion, and outdoor recreation for over 40 years. Dr. Anderson is the program founder for the graduate therapeutic recreation online programs at SUNY Cortland, where she has developed and delivered online curriculum to graduate students across the U.S. and Canada. Dr. Anderson serves as editor and reviewer for several journals in the field and has written three textbooks, including the text Therapeutic Recreation: A Strengths Approach, published by Sagamore-Venture Publishing and Inclusive Leisure: A Strengths-Based Approach, in press with Human Kinetics. Her research focuses on inclusion, strengths approach, flourishing through leisure, therapeutic benefits of nature, and clinical supervision. Dr. Anderson has her master’s degree in outdoor recreation and park management from the University of Oregon and her Ph.D. in therapeutic recreation from the University of Minnesota.


May 25, 2022
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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