NCTRC defines Recreational therapy or therapeutic recreation as "a systematic process that utilizes recreation and other activities as interventions to address the assessed needs of individuals with illnesses and/or disabling conditions, as a means to psychological and physical health, recovery and well-being. Recreational therapy has wide-ranging positive impacts on your physical and mental health. This is especially the case when the therapy is designed around your interests and needs"
Get Rec'd uses evidence-based practice for each treatment modality we use. In addition, clients will have the ability to choose the activities!
What is evidence-based practice?
ATRA defines the evidence-based practice as.
"The ATRA Standards for the Practice of Recreational Therapy & Self-Assessment Guide, published in 2013 (revised in 2015), consists of 12 standards and the Self-Assessment Guide (SOP/SAG). The manual was written in a format that comprehensively describes recreational therapy practice, consistent with the requirements of accrediting and regulatory agencies and quality recreational therapy practice. Each of the 12 standards includes rational, structured criteria, which reflect the parameters of practice (facilities, resources, etc.); process criteria, which focus on the provision of services (practitioner-patient/client interaction, intervention strategies, etc.) and outcome criteria, which reflects the achievement or change in patient/client condition (improved functional level, satisfaction, etc.) resulting from recreational therapy practice.
The Self-Assessment Guide includes the data collection instruments, methodology, and scoring worksheets to evaluate recreational therapy practice compliance with the standards and criteria and to determine opportunities to improve compliance".
Recreational Therapist with Get Rec'd will use the APIED process to ensure the sessions are therapeutic based and not diversional in nature. The American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA) defines the APIED process as one of their guiding principles. ATRA defines the APIED Process as: Assessment, Planning, Interventions, and Evaluation of services and documentation!
A: Assessment: A recreational therapist will use research driven assessments through various sources to assess each individual served. The assessment will include an interview, in which pertinent information will collected. The assessments given will collect information on each individuals physical, cognitive, social, behavioral, emotional, spirtual, and leisure abilities. From the data collected during the assessment, the recreational therapist will develop a treatment plan with specific goals to target the results of the assessment. The treatment plan will include objectives for each goal listed.
P: Planning: After reviewing the information gathered from the assessment, the recreational therapist will develop the a plan, based on the objectives identified during the assessment.
I: Implementation: This is what most individuals served and their families will be able to witness. During this phase of the APIED process, is when the planning becomes a reality. Individuals served will not have the opportunity to participate in the recreational therapy sessions.
E: Evaluation: Individuals on the Indiana Medicaid Waiver are required to participate in quarterly care conferences. Prior to these care conferences, recreational therapists should evaluate an individuals progress towards their goals. Quarterly reports are a great way to show that an individual is working towards the goals set in their treatment plan.
D: Documentation: Recreational Therapists with Get Rec'd LLC will take notes at the end of each 1:1 or group session with an indvidual. The recreational therapist will select each goal that was worked on during the session and will write a narrative note, depicting the steps taken during a session to work towards the clients goals.
Abagail Bernard, CTRS made an image depicting the APIED process, the image is above. Thanks Abagail for making an image that shows the RT process.
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