This article describes an approach and rationale for assessment in therapeutic recreation that is strengths-based and person-centered. Strengths-based assessment is grounded in the ecological approach, the social model of disability, and therapeutic recreation practice models that emphasize both leisure and functional ability with outcomes of well-being (e.g., Flourishing through Leisure Model, Leisure and Well-Being Model). Contrasted with assessment processes and tools that focus on finding people’s problems, strengths-based assessments help participants and practitioners discover strengths such as interests, preferences, talents, dreams, goals, and aspirations. A sampling of assessment tools is presented that focus on people’s strengths, well-being, and life quality, as well as tap into their environmental resources.
Author Lynn S. Anderson, Linda A. Heyne
Volume Vol 47, No 2 (2013)