reCreation Potentials     

                                                      Expressive Arts for Therapeutic Recreation 

Art in Therapeutic Recreation for the Non-Artist


Designed specifically for those who work with seniors and other groups of individuals with special needs, this training includes materials and instruction, along tips and tricks to adapt art activities according to client need, ability and interests.


Life is about symbols and symbolism is all around us. 


Participants will learn:

  •  An introduction to archetypes and how to use
  • Symbols in cave art, native art and ways to use with your clients/residents.
  • How to adapt painting methods to ensure success.
  • How to use heraldry as a client centered art activity.
  • How to facilitate positive focus, self esteem building art activities.
  •  Can be adapted according to the needs of your organization and clients/residents/patients served.


Absolutely no art experience necessary! 


Not meant to replace the expertise of an Art Therapist but as a tool in your toolbox to provide

 therapeutic arts and crafts between visits from the Art Therapist.


         



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Music Program Facilitation for the Non-Musician


Music is a vitally important part of recreation and leisure for almost everyone! But it can be a bit of a stretch for the recreation therapist or activity leader who has no music background and is not musically inclined.

Participants will learn:

  •  How to use recorded music in new ways.
  •  How to use music with art, mindfulness and writing.
  •  How to use existing songs to "re-write" songs with clients.
  •   How to lead a song-writing program with no musical background.
  • How to lead a music appreciation group.
  • Can be adapted to the needs of your organization and clients served.


Not meant to replace the expertise of an Music Therapist but as a tool in your toolbox to provide

 therapeutic music activities between visits from the Music Therapist.


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Creative Writing Techniques for Therapeutic Recreation (the STAR Method)

STAR (TM) participants will learn how to choose residents/clients suited to this group process, set guidelines, help participants create a storyline, learn how to develop characters based on the clients/participants' lives and characteristics, how to use safe story telling as life review and as adjunct to attainment of other goals. Participants will learn:

  • The myriad of therapeutic benefits of writing  exercises.
  • An introduction to numerous writing modalities suited to recreation therapy.
  •  An overview of ways to adapt any writing modality to any group of clients.
  • How to lead the group as well as individuals successfully, using reframing and precise questioning techniques.
  •  How to use some very basic cognitive behavioural self help concepts (not CBI therapy)
  • How to use story characters as "place holders."
  •  How to use plot and subplot as life review tools.
  •  How to develop a story line.
  • How to assist clients in character development.
  • How to blend creative non-fiction with narrative.
  • Can be tailored/adapted for your organization needs and clients/residents/patients served.



. The STAR (TM) will be covered in its entirety, from concept to conclusion, including the therapeutic benefits of "publishing" and hosting a book signing. Copyrighted course materials included.


Creative Writing Training takes four separate workshops to completeSix participants required in order for this teaching to take place.

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Guided Imagery and Mindfulness Training



Mindfulness is a common buzz word lately, but it's been around for a very long time. When clients/residents cannot engage in deeper forms of meditation such as TM, guided imagery can offer an equally beneficial therapeutic recreation treatment, to be used in small groups or one to one.


This training will provide the basics and does not imply that participants may use hypnosis as an intervention.


However, upon completion, participants will be able to understand and safely lead guided imagery sessions with clients/residents/patients.



Participants will learn:

  • Negative effects of chronic pain, congregate living, physical ,mental and cognitive challenges.
  • Therapeutic benefit of mind ,body and spirit interventions in therapeutic recreation.
  • Basic techniques in leading clients to deep relaxation.
  • Contraindications and risk management.
  •  Positive psychology techniques.
  •  Psychology of colour
  • Use of colour and light imagery.










                            






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Totem Animals Mindfulness Training is available as advanced training.


 In this training, participants learn:



  • An overview of drumming and its uses, shamanism and its connection to mainstream therapy.
  • An overview of how the psychology and spirituality of totem animals works in therapeutic recreation.
  • How to use the drum beats to relax clients to a point where they can "connect" in imagination.
  •  How to lead discussion of the strengths of the animal(s) and ways in which the client can adopt those strengths.
  •  How to assist clients in understanding symbolism "seen" during the drum accompanied meditation.
  •  How to use the discovery of client totem animal(s) and traits/characteristics as part of leisure counseling.
  • Contraindications and risk management.
  • Can be adapted to your organization needs and clients/residents/patients served.


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