Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Leisure Step Up: An Innovative Approach in Offering Therapeutic Recreation Services

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Leisure Step Up: An Innovative Approach in Offering Therapeutic Recreation Services

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The Leisure Step Up Workbook is an 11-step process that takes the participant on a journey to a healthy leisure lifestyle. It contains an assessment, a leisure plan, leisure education, self awareness, and leisure participation. Using the workbook will help bring about a desired change in the individual's leisure lifestyle, as well as the individual. The workbook is coupled with a manual that thoroughly illustrates its use.

Leisure Step Up is unique because all aspects of the program have been used with various populations and in numerous settings. It was originally developed for the adolescent and adult psychiatric populations, however it has been used in drug and alcohol treatment programs, physical rehabilitation programs, community based programs, leisure and well-ness programs, cancer programs, and more. Because of its unique and individual approach, Leisure Step Up can be used for short or long time frames.

Leisure Step Up focuses on the quality use of leisure time as opposed to the quantity of time available, as conceptualized by the Leisure Level Model. The model (See Figure 1) consists of nine levels that outline the quality of one's choices in the use of their leisure time. The bottom level, Lost Freedom, indicates that the participant does not have the freedom necessary to make their own choices with their free time. Levels 1 and -2 indicate that the participant is making unhealthy/negative choices about the use of their time, these choices are harmful to them or others. Level 0 indicates that the choices and behavior of the participant are pre-occupied in thought, feeling, or just going through the motions. Level I and 2 are spectator levels that show the involvement of the participant as a spectator. In Level 3 choices and behaviors consists of being active physically, socially and/or cognitively. Level 4 involves those leisure choices and behaviors that are creative, inventive and/or imaginative. …

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