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dc.contributor.authorOstrom, Julie
dc.date.accessioned2019-09-18T17:38:04Z
dc.date.available2019-09-18T17:38:04Z
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10464/14520
dc.description.abstractThe purpose of this project was to explore clients’ experiences of the Community Connections program, an outpatient mental health program in a clinical setting to determine the effectiveness of the program for mental health recovery and community integration. The common themes from the various forms of data collection suggest that (1) the program was effective in enhancing the clients’ self-awareness, (2) the program effectively taught the clients about leisure and its therapeutic benefits for mental health recovery, (3) the program taught clients about the importance of the use of leisure as a way to integrate into the community, and (4) the clients believed that the program could be improved by providing more of an experiential component to teach skills for community integration. While the program taught the clients important lessons that they have used or will use throughout their mental health recovery, the clients identified some areas for improvement that could help future clients experience successful community integration. Additionally, this research design produced an effective model for comprehensive program evaluations that integrate program design with service using prevalent principles of therapeutic recreation practice. This research supports the growing literature that suggests that leisure and therapeutic recreation can be beneficial tools for clients to understand as they progress through their mental health recovery and prepare for community integrationen_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherBrock Universityen_US
dc.subjectrecreation therapyen_US
dc.subjecttherapeutic recreationen_US
dc.subjectmental healthen_US
dc.subjectrecoveryen_US
dc.subjectcommunity integrationen_US
dc.subjectcommunityen_US
dc.subjectleisureen_US
dc.titleShifting from Agency to Community: Exploring the Impact of a Community Connections Program for Mental Health Recoveryen_US
dc.typeElectronic Thesis or Dissertationen_US
dc.degree.nameM.A. Applied Disability Studiesen_US
dc.degree.levelMastersen_US
dc.contributor.departmentApplied Health Sciences Programen_US
dc.degree.disciplineFaculty of Applied Health Sciencesen_US


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