Recreation and Leisure Resources

Toolkits/Monographs/Guidebooks

Physical Activity Calendar

It’s January 2017! You know what that means. Resolutions! The time when many people think about goals for the upcoming year. Many people have health & wellness goals at the beginning of the year but end up less motivated as the year goes by. You know how it is, gyms are full the second week of January, but less busy in February.

We want 2017 to be different! Setting and achieving physical activity goals can improve the mental and physical well-being of individuals with lived experience, their family members, and even mental health providers. This calendar can help you set and stick to your goals. Designed to help you think about physical activity differently, this calendar will challenge you to identify activities that you enjoy, find free or low-cost resources in your community, and identify people who will help you stay motivated to achieve your goals.

We encourage fitness and recreation facilities to put this calendar up in the lobby to remind patrons that physical activity has positive impacts on your body, mind, and spirit. We hope mental health agencies will use this calendar to motivate consumers and staff to make physical activity a priority. Finally, we hope consumers interested in physical activity will keep this calendar handy and share it with friends and family to make physical activity fun and a part of daily life.

 

Yoga and Your Health

Doing yoga may be helpful to individuals experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety, and schizophrenia.  However, it can be difficult to know how to get started with yoga.  This fact sheet describes the benefits of yoga, how to begin and develop your own yoga practice, and how to find affordable classes in your community.

Let’s Move: Using the Community to Increase Physical Activity An 8-Week Protocol

During the Spring 2016 school semester, two Recreation Therapy Interns worked with The Temple University Collaborative to develop and facilitate programming aimed at increasing community participation for consumers of local mental health agencies. Each intern developed an 8-week protocol with a focus on encouraging participation in community-based recreation. Interns were encouraged to create group sessions that would work either as stand-alone sessions or as 8 consecutive weekly sessions. This project was done under the supervision of a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) at the Collaborative and staff at the sites where the sessions were delivered.

Developed by our Recreation Therapy intern and facilitated at two Community-Integrated Recovery Centers (CIRC), this 8-week series encourages participants to increase physical activity levels. Sessions incorporated music, dance and movement activities along with discussions about the benefits of physical activity and strategies to use the community to be more physically active; one program served consumers with mental health diagnoses and the second served consumers with mental health diagnoses and histories of addiction. Most participants attended the entirety of the weekly sessions. In the final session, participants were quizzed on what they had learned. Participants reported attending community activities they learned about during the group sessions and identified the value of physical activity.

Adding Recreation to your Coping Toolbox: An 8-Week Protocol

During the Spring 2016 school semester, two Recreation Therapy Interns worked with The Temple University Collaborative to develop and facilitate programming aimed at increasing community participation for consumers of local mental health agencies. Each intern developed an 8-week protocol with a focus on encouraging participation in community-based recreation. Interns were encouraged to create group sessions that would work either as stand-alone sessions or as 8 consecutive weekly sessions. This project was done under the supervision of a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) at the Collaborative and staff at the sites where the sessions were delivered.

Adding Recreation to your Coping Toolbox: An 8-Week Protocol series encourages participants to identify personal coping strategies and community-based resources needed to engage. This protocol was designed to support consumers to identify coping strategies that minimize stress and conflict after discharge from a short-stay, inpatient facility.

Hosting Activity Fairs: Our Experience
In Fall 2015 and Spring 2016, the Collaborative hosted two wellness fairs focused on encouraging community based recreation. These fairs aimed to: 1) introduce Philadelphians to free and low cost activities they could do in their city, and 2) encourage local businesses and organizations to consider ways they could become more welcoming of this population. This short document summarizes our experiences with hosting these fairs. Additionally, we developed a handbook to help others to run a similar event. You can find this handbook here. While this handbook is designed to assist you as you plan to organize a Physical Activity Community Access Fair, it is assumed that many events rely on similar structure and planning, therefore this handbook might serve as a helpful resource as you plan other types of events that promote community inclusion as well.
Redefined Event Video

Too often, the common definition of leisure is spare time, or worse, wasted time. Time when we can engage in recreation to escape from the day-to-day reality. Often, we default to an easy activity that gives us enough reprieve to engage in the next day. We watch TV, we take a nap, we give little thought to how we use this time. While we can all use occasional down-time to relax, a leisure lifestyle based on sedentary, passive activities can lead to poor health, isolation, and loneliness. Conversely, active leisure can benefit wellness, social connections, and quality of life.

The choices we make regarding how we chose to spend our time also send a message of what we like, what we strive for, and the people we want to surround us. In this way, associations with healthy and personally meaningful activities help us shape positive identities and to assume positive roles in our communities.

Recreation and leisure are important dimensions of community participation that enrich the lives of all people. Mental health services should support consumers to engage independently in the community in diverse activities, including recreation and leisure. Providers should encourage those with whom they work to truly understand their leisure interests and needs. We should strive to help each other to take ownership of one’s recreation and ultimately ownership of one’s identity.

Redefined: Owning Recreation is a video short where we invited six individuals who have mental illness diagnoses to tell their stories of how the diagnosis impacted their life and the role community-based recreation plays in who they are today. On May 26th, we hosted a public viewing of the short and invited the video participants to participate in a panel. This panel discussion will be available soon.

This work adds to our existing work that focuses on the power and importance of leisure and recreation as a meaningful activity and important area of community participation. For more information about this topic, please visit us at http://tucollaborative.org/community-inclusion/resources/recreation-and-leisure-resources/.

Click here for a transcription of the video

Physical Activity Fair Manual

This handbook is the outcome of a Physical Activity Fair that was hosted in Philadelphia, and the lessons learned about hosting this type of event. The mission of our Physical Activity Fair was to connect people with serious mental illnesses to sustainable resources for physical activity, who have a life expectancy that is up to 30 years less than the general population often due to modifiable behaviors.

While this handbook is designed to assist you as you plan to organize a Physical Activity Fair, it is assumed that many events rely on similar structure and planning, therefore this handbook might serve as a helpful resource as you plan other types of events that promote community inclusion as well.

Assessing Health Outcomes of Community Integration Interventions: The role of Recreational Therapy in Behavioral Health

Facilitating activities that promote community participation is not new to recreational therapy; however, we have not always been successful in documenting and communicating the health benefits of recreation participation. While participation is often associated with increased quality of life and satisfaction, it is important for recreational therapists to assess clinical outcomes that may also be associated with increased community participation. For individuals with psychiatric disabilities, these outcomes may include physical activity, negative symptoms, cognition, community participation, and recovery. This session described relevant assessment measures that can be used pre and post intervention to track changes in order to help practitioners consistently address targeted outcomes throughout the treatment process, including assessment, goal development, intervention implementation, documentation, and discharge planning.

Motivational Interviewing techniques RTs can use to Encourage Independent, Community-Based Recreation Participation in People with Psychiatric Disabilities

Motivational interviewing is a therapeutic communication technique used to help consumers internalize their motivation to change. This technique was originally developed to help individuals with substance use disorders. Recent evidence suggests this tool can be used with diverse populations to increase motivation towards behavioral change. A foundational tenant of motivational interviewing is that all clients are the experts on themselves and have the ability within themselves to change. Therefore, the role of recreational therapists is to elicit internal motivation for change, help identify personal and sustainable resources and strategies that promote lasting change. This session provided an overview of the purpose and benefits of motivational interviewing, as well as specific strategies recreational therapists can use to help individuals with psychiatric disabilities identify personally meaningful recreation goals and work towards lifelong engagement within the community.

Recommendations for Physical Activity: A Supportive interventionist guide

This guide provides a summary of some of the physical and mental health benefits associated with physical activity, as well as recommendations for participation in community-based exercise. This document explains some details of the current research for this topic and suggestions for various exercise activities that can be participated in. Throughout the document, various supportive interventions are explained and a rationale for participation in walking and exercises and suggestions for the practitioner who is interested in facilitating these types of fitness groups is given.

Supporting Physical Activity

This guide, developed by Whitney Strange as her master’s project in the Master of Science in Recreation Therapy program in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, under the direction of Dr. Gretchen Snethen at Temple University, was created as a means to enhance peer support specialists’ ability to encourage consumers with mental illness to increase physical activity levels. The lessons within this guide provide an overview of physical activity as well as the risks associated with inactivity, and also focus on the understanding of consumers’ needs.

Exercise Fact Sheet: Consumers

These fact sheets provide recommendations on the “how to” and the “why” behind starting an exercise program within an agency for individuals with psychiatric disabilities. There are details such as the benefits of exercise, suggestions for assessing current physical activity levels, and guidelines for setting attainable physical activity goals with participants.

Exercise Fact Sheet: Providers

These fact sheets provide recommendations on the “how to” and the “why” behind starting an exercise program within an agency for individuals with psychiatric disabilities. There are details such as the benefits of exercise, suggestions for assessing current physical activity levels, and guidelines for setting attainable physical activity goals with participants.

Beginning a Walking Program: Consumers

Beginning a walking program fact sheets provide consumers with a resource that details how to start a walking program, such as the benefits of walking, what to wear while you’re walking, how much you should walk, and goals/motivations.

Beginning a Walking Program: Providers

Beginning a walking program fact sheets provide providers with a resource that details how to start a walking program, such as the benefits of walking, what to wear while you’re walking, how much you should walk, and goals/motivations.

Family Leisure Toolkit

The Family Leisure Toolkit is a resource that can be used to educate you and help give you ideas on how to jump-start your leisure lifestyle as a family. This toolkit presents information about the benefits of various types of family recreational activities, suggestions for activities and gives the reader a guide to planning activities. While reviewing the toolkit, we encourage you to consider how you can use family leisure activities to build strong bonds and to enhance your overall health and well-being.

Enhancing Family Leisure Factsheet: Consumer

Enhancing Family Leisure fact sheet provides consumers with a resource that defines family leisure and explains the various types of leisure and their benefits. The fact sheet provides readers with an opportunity to learn about initiating conversations about family leisure and explains why participating in family leisure is important.

Enhancing Family Leisure Factsheet: Provider

Enhancing Family Leisure fact sheet provides providers with a resource that defines family leisure and explains the various types of leisure and their benefits. The fact sheet provides readers with an opportunity to learn about initiating conversations about family leisure and explains why participating in family leisure is important.

ICAN PLAY Leisure Manual

We have developed a 68-page manual intended to promote community-based activity participation among consumers.  The manual includes information related to the importance of leisure and lists free to low-cost opportunities available in Philadelphia. This booklet is intended to encourage readers to get involved with their leisure interests and start living their best life today. An active leisure lifestyle can enhance physical health and mental strength. It can enhance spiritual wellness and provide a sense of meaning. By developing this resource for people to utilize, it shows what is available within the community and see that there are many low cost and free leisure activities accessible in Philadelphia. Going through this manual, the reader is given an opportunity to consider their personal leisure interests and take the first step towards having an active leisure lifestyle, ultimately leading to an overall improved quality of life.

Recreation and Leisure for Older Adults with Psychiatric Disabilities

This is a brief set of guidelines providing tips to older adults with psychiatric disabilities to assist them in becoming actively involved in recreational and leisure activities in their communities, along with resources from a wide range of recreational and leisure activity programs.

Promoting Community Inclusion Through Leisure and Recreation

Research indicates that recreational activities of all kinds can play an essential part in the building of social networks for people with psychiatric disabilities:  this document provides an overview of reliable strategies for finding, linking to, and enjoying recreational activities in community settings.

The Social Enhancement Workbook

The Social Enhancement Workbook provides a step-by-step guide to consumers , case managers and other support personnel with regard to increasing the consumer’s participation in a wide range of social activities in community settings: tested in a variety of community mental health and psychosocial programs, the ‘workbook’ is a useful guide to groups and individuals.