Project Title

Need for Adventure Programs in Kentucky

Presenter Hometown

Falmouth, Kentucky

Major

Recreation and Park Administration

Department

Recreation and Park Administration

Degree

Graduate

Mentor

Michelle Davis Gerken

Mentor Department

Recreation and Park Administration

Abstract

According to the American Therapeutic Recreation Association, recreational therapy, “aims to improve individuals functioning, and keep them as active, healthy and independent as possible in their chosen life pursuits” (Wang, 2015). Therapeutic Recreation, also known as Adventure Therapy, has proven to enhance the quality of life for individuals who suffer from physical disability, drug addiction, depression, and anxiety. Within the provision of Adventure Therapy an endless list of benefits for clients who choose this nontraditional therapy program. Across the United States there is an abundance of Adventure Therapy programs, however, Kentucky lacks this program and continues to use more traditional based therapy. By bringing Adventure Therapy programs to Kentucky this will allow individuals to participate in a fun, adventurous, group oriented program with individuals who share similar disabilities and/or illnesses. The purpose of this literature analysis is for society to recognize the importance and the benefits of Adventure Therapy, so Kentucky has the opportunity to develop programs providing unique indoor and outdoor experiences for clients using an alternative approach.

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Poster Number

023

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Need for Adventure Programs in Kentucky

According to the American Therapeutic Recreation Association, recreational therapy, “aims to improve individuals functioning, and keep them as active, healthy and independent as possible in their chosen life pursuits” (Wang, 2015). Therapeutic Recreation, also known as Adventure Therapy, has proven to enhance the quality of life for individuals who suffer from physical disability, drug addiction, depression, and anxiety. Within the provision of Adventure Therapy an endless list of benefits for clients who choose this nontraditional therapy program. Across the United States there is an abundance of Adventure Therapy programs, however, Kentucky lacks this program and continues to use more traditional based therapy. By bringing Adventure Therapy programs to Kentucky this will allow individuals to participate in a fun, adventurous, group oriented program with individuals who share similar disabilities and/or illnesses. The purpose of this literature analysis is for society to recognize the importance and the benefits of Adventure Therapy, so Kentucky has the opportunity to develop programs providing unique indoor and outdoor experiences for clients using an alternative approach.