Based on what I have experienced during my journey as student on Therapeutic Recreation, I truly believe in the power of this field; which is so different from other healthcare fields. Therapeutic Recreation can be interpreted in many ways such as play or activity process. However, Therapeutic Recreation is a holistic process that utilizes recreation opportunities to bring positive outcomes, either emotionally, socially, intellectually, physically, or spiritually, in order to maintain and improve overall quality of life of. In other words, we treat the person as a whole; not just in his disability. In addition, I believe in this field because it provides individuals with disability the opportunity to express and develop ideas and feelings that cannot express in other fields.
As an intern of Casa Promesa, I learned the real meaning of Therapeutic Recreation. Also, as an intern I gained a strong desire to become a CTRS because I want to be a piece of hope for individuals to either gain back a portion of what they lost, or open new horizons to do something that they never thought was possible due their impairments. In other words, I want to show individuals the activities they can participate in, break down barriers and show them that there is freedom, despite their impairment or disability. In order to be able to provide the best services I must continue with my education. Education is the best way to stay on the forefront of healthcare field and provide the best services to people who needs care and support.
In overall, my philosophy of Therapeutic Recreation is improving the individuals’ quality of life. Services is provided to individuals who have physical, mental, social or emotional limitations which impact their ability to engage in meaningful leisure experiences.
Lastly, in this field I will continue to develop my own philosophy of Therapeutic Recreation through experiences, research and personal growth.