ReCreation Potentials

                                                      Expressive Arts for Therapeutic Recreation 

 1/2 Day Program Support Activities May Include:

Therapeutic Art

Art Projects are chosen by clients and therapy staff with a focus on client interest, goals and interests.  They may help clients utilize intact decision making skills, explore feelings, express concerns in visual art form and more. Art activities might include painting, drawing, pastels, paint pouring, card making, jewelry making, collage, vision boards, mixed media, sand art or any number of other arts/crafts modalities.


Musical Memories/Story Telling


Participants enjoy singing along to music from the 40's, 50's 60's and 70's under the direction of a therapist trained in music care and music memories.

We engage in song with or without rhythm instruments, such as drums, tambourines, shakers or other percussion pieces. Large print songbooks are used when appropriate to client population and discussion is part of every session. 

Music sessions are also used without songbooks, to engage clients in lyric memory with cues. 

Fibre Arts

Participants can engage in embroidery, knitting, sewing, crochet, bargello, lap weaving, trapunta and more. If it's fibre, it's art!  Projects are adapted to ensure client success and may include hand over hand technique as well as larger designs, larger needles or special holders for those with limited upper extremity use or grip strength. 


Progressive Muscle Relaxation Sessions


These sessions are designed to reduce stress and anxiety and teach participants how identify stress in the body, and alternately tense and relax muscle groups and body areas to attain a state of relaxation.

Clients engage in small group sessions (maximum 8) and in therapist led discussion of other methods of relaxation and anxiety reduction.

Spirituality Series Sessions

We offer several spiritual (not religious) oriented guided imagery sessions including a journey to the healing pond, healing with colour and light, totem animal sessions and more.

These mindfulness activities are designed to lead group members in a peaceful, healing experience engaging multiple senses. Participants are gently guided to envision colours, imagine sights, sounds, and feelings and be fully present in the moments.    


In one session, participants are introduced to waterfall of healing colours and in another, they are guided through the forest into a peaceful pond, where stress, anger, anxiety and negativity are washed away. 

Creative Writing for Therapeutic Recreation

Client group size is maximum 8 clients.  

Using the STAR Method (TM) the therapist guides the participants through creation of a storyline, development and more, all the while helping clients reframe stressful or negative events, engage in life review, share their stories in a safe and supportive environment and develop meaningful friendships. 


Totem Animal Guided Imagery Sessions

The totem animal sessions are strength focused and encourage 

participants to recognize and re-connect with their strengths, by identification with

animal spirit or totem.   These guided imagery 

sessions, rooted in native spirituality but also used in therapy, are very empowering to participants and effects can be long lasting. This is a strength based activity.

This often works well with art classes or writing as a follow-up activity.


Misc. Art Projects,  such as 


*mosaic

*woodworking from small kits

* whiteware painting

*seasonal ornament creation

* flower arranging

* decoupage 

* heraldic personal crests


Musical Memories/Story Telling


Participants enjoy singing along to music from the 40's, 50's 60's and 70's under the direction of a therapist trained in music care and music memories.

We engage in song with or without rhythm instruments, such as drums, tambourines, shakers or other percussion pieces. Large print songbooks are used when appropriate to client population and discussion is part of every session. 

Music sessions are also used without songbooks, to engage clients in lyric memory with cues. 

Guided Imagery Sessions

As a Certified and Registered Clinical Hypnotherapist, I currently run these sessions myself but eventually will have other Therapists trained to facilitate.

All guided imagery, mindfulness, spiritual and healing recordings

are scripted and produced with strict adherence to clinical hypnotherapy guidelines and ethics.