Recreational Therapy for Behavioral Health
Recreational Therapy plays an important role on the behavioral health units. Therapeutic intervention techniques include:
- coping skills
- anger management
- stress management
- problem solving
- leisure education/awareness
Coping sessions help patients use various coping strategies to reduce anger, hostility, physical, emotional, and verbal abuse. It is through coping strategies and techniques that individuals can find positive alternatives to managing their level of stress, and help eliminate stressors or replace stressors with positive, healthy alternatives.
Self-awareness techniques help the patient to identify feelings, wants, needs, and behaviors in order to enable each individual to cope with life. It is through self-awareness interventions that the patient is able to gain greater knowledge about their thoughts, which may be triggering negative behavior, and help them better cope with each situation that arises.
Problem solving includes a wide variety of therapeutic intervention and techniques. Goal setting is just one of the many aspects of problem solving (brainstorming, pros vs. cons, questions and solutions, negative vs. positive, rationalization, reality vs. thought distortion, etc.). Goal setting is very important and can contribute to the success of managing an individual's stress level, depressive state, etc. Goal setting can enhance self-confidence, self-awareness, improves performance, and can increase motivation.
Recreation Participation is a group therapy session introduced to encourage the patient to choose a leisure activity as well as offer a relaxed setting to talk with a therapist. Patients are at ease communicating their feeling with the CTRS in this minimally structured group. Examples of activities to choose from include: cards, board games, crafts, table games, and art.