Major

Recreation and Park Administration

Department

Recreation and Park Administration

Degree

Graduate

Abstract

This qualitative study utilized a panel of four recognized experts in the field of therapeutic recreation using SWOT analysis. There are currently 54 million Americans living with a disability, 830,000 of those people are living in Kentucky. At least 153,000 Kentuckians (4.0% of the population) have difficulties performing activities of daily living. The need for Therapeutic Recreation services is visibly needed, hence this qualitative study.

The purpose of this research is to define and determine the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats to the field of Therapeutic Recreation. Strengths include holistic benefits, national and state statistics, and the personal interviews on the benefits for therapeutic recreation. Weaknesses of Therapeutic Recreation are insurance reimbursement in Health Care Services and disconnect between academia and practitioners. Opportunities of therapeutic recreation include licensure for Kentucky, and help with the increased employment opportunities. Threats include the slow elimination of Therapeutic Recreation services in Kentucky.

Presentation format

Poster

Expected Graduation Date

2014

Course Number

REC 809 and/or 22391

Course Title

Advanced Study in Recreation

Professor Email

Michael.Bradley@eku.edu

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Identifying the Strengths and Areas of Needed Improvement in Therapeutic Recreation

This qualitative study utilized a panel of four recognized experts in the field of therapeutic recreation using SWOT analysis. There are currently 54 million Americans living with a disability, 830,000 of those people are living in Kentucky. At least 153,000 Kentuckians (4.0% of the population) have difficulties performing activities of daily living. The need for Therapeutic Recreation services is visibly needed, hence this qualitative study.

The purpose of this research is to define and determine the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats to the field of Therapeutic Recreation. Strengths include holistic benefits, national and state statistics, and the personal interviews on the benefits for therapeutic recreation. Weaknesses of Therapeutic Recreation are insurance reimbursement in Health Care Services and disconnect between academia and practitioners. Opportunities of therapeutic recreation include licensure for Kentucky, and help with the increased employment opportunities. Threats include the slow elimination of Therapeutic Recreation services in Kentucky.