😭😭😭 I'm starting a new job in February and I honestly don't know how I'm gonna live without these old folks. Never in a million years did I imagine I'd be working in skilled nursing, but life brought me here and I am so glad it did. There is so much to learn from your elders, please take time to visit nursing homes and give love to those little old people. Nursing homes are not fun to live in, any joy you can bring to them is beyond appreciated.
As a new Recreation Therapist in the field, I am constantly feeling vulnerable when I am creating and facilitating programs. I worry if my clients will enjoy the program, if it will be as therapeutic as I hope it will be, if it's a stupid idea, etc...
I had this experience with a client recently - I could tell that she thought the program was childish and she was not impressed. I instantly felt embarrassed and went into people pleasing mode and tried to figure out how I could change the program last minute to suit her needs. I decided to leave the program as is and continue to facilitate as I had planned.
To me, this is your regular everyday vulnerability - I put myself out there to try something I've never done before, and I was in the spotlight to be critiqued by everyone participating.
Brené Brown's words really helped me reflect on this experience. I would rather step outside of my comfort zone and risk being vulnerable than to stick to the status quo so that I am well liked and avoid feeling embarrassed, shameful or whatever it may be. This is where personal growth comes from - I want to face these scary feelings head on so that I know at the end of day I am living my life fully and with courage.
So this is my invitation to you to allow yourself to be vulnerable and to take chances. Whatever the outcome may be, know that there will be something beautiful that comes from it 😌
There are too many different therapeutic modalities to list.....But the relationship between the client and the therapist has been proven over and over again to be the most important factor in creating positive change in clients.
At Adventurelore, our practice starts with the 3 R's of therapy: Relationship, Relationship, Relationship! It sounds easy but it takes the right kind of person when you work with children, adolescents, and young adults. You've got to find a way to show each client or participant that you value them. And you have to mean it. It can't be fake or they will see through you.
If you want to improve your work as someone who works with children and adolescents.... focus on enjoying and valuing your client. Often that means talking about things you don't think are therapeutically relevant. However, it is relevant if it improves your relationship with the client. That healthy relationship is the foundation of trust in your work.
36 years of using the relationship as our most powerful tool!
Been a busy first week at Arizona Disabled Sports! This is truly my dream internship, I’m in exactly the right field I want to be in and working with the population I want to work with. What’s not to love when playing adaptive sports is part of your job! #recreationtherapy#adaptivesports
“Hurry, hard!” - Linda, Patient, A5 Orthopaedic & Amputee Rehabilitation.
Hey @curlingcanada, we may have found some potential skips for the Winter Olympics! Our patients and therapeutic recreationists are improving coordination and cognition and ensuring everyone can enjoy the great game of curling with today’s program 🥌
Meet our staff: Dr. Jason Holder.
He founded Adventurelore as Health Wealth Inc in 1982. He has a doctorate in health education and is a licensed mental health counselor. He is the passion and the vision that guides Adventurelore. He believes in the experiental process. He knows that doing is more powerful than talking alone. If he can teach someone to maintain a positive attitude while persevering beyond their self perceived limitations than it was a great day! He loves to have fun, be in the outdoors, and get a healthy amount of exercise topped off with a scoop of vanilla ice cream when it's done. We challenge any of you to keep up with him on a mountain bike or a pair of XC skis. He practices what he preaches every day! #adventurecamp#summercamp#adventurelore#adventuretherapy#adventureeducation#recreationtherapy#itsallaboutthekids