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CTRA 2019 Keynote Speaker – Dr. Lynn Anderson

Dr. Lynn Anderson Biography

Dr. Lynn Anderson is a Distinguished Service Professor in the Recreation, Parks and Leisure Studies Department at State University of New York at Cortland, and the director for the Inclusive Recreation Resource Center. She has been active in the field of therapeutic recreation, inclusion, and outdoor recreation for over 35 years, and has won numerous teaching, service, and research awards.  Dr. Anderson is the program coordinator for the graduate level therapeutic recreation online programs at SUNY Cortland. She has developed and delivered the full online curriculum to graduate students across the U.S. and Canada. Dr. Anderson serves as associate editor or reviewer for several journals in the field and has written two textbooks, including the text Therapeutic Recreation Practice: A Strengths Approach, published by Sagamore-Venture Publishing. Her research focuses on inclusion, strengths approach, and therapeutic benefits of nature-based experiences.  She has her master’s degree in outdoor recreation and park management from the University of Oregon and her Ph.D. in therapeutic recreation from the University of Minnesota.

Flourishing Through Leisure: Discovering Joie de Vivre

Joie de vivre – joy of living, zest, exuberance, savoring, happiness – is an aspiration we all have for our daily lives and in our quest for well-being. Leisure plays a central role in well-being and is at the heart of the profession of therapeutic recreation. In this session, we will explore the strengths approach in therapeutic recreation, as articulated through the Flourishing through Leisure Model: An Ecological Extension of the Leisure and Well-Being Model and the Upward Spiral Theory of Lifestyle Change, as a framework for why and how leisure can drive sustained positive lifestyle change, well-being, and joy. When recreation therapists design services around the person’s unique strengths, goals, aspirations, and dreams instead of a person’s disability or deficits, we will help others discover “joie de vivre!”

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