Webinar Presenter Jessica Ariss

November 17, 2017 – Exploring the Role of Community-Based Recreation Therapy in Mental Health Recovery
Jessica studied psychology at the University of Guelph, completed a Graduate Certificate in Therapeutic Recreation at Georgian College in 2005, and a Master of Rehabilitation Science at the University of British Columbia (MRSc) in 2017. She has practiced recreation therapy in the mental health field since 2004 and taught therapeutic recreation at Georgian College for six years.

This presentation is based on a research study Jessica completed as a requirement of her MRSc and would be interesting for those working in the mental health field. Jessica will provide an overview of the concept of recovery and discuss the arts-based research methods she employed to explore how therapeutic recreation, in a community-based mental health center, can support the recovery of individuals diagnosed with mental illness. This research highlights the importance of including mental health service recipients in the development, delivery, and evaluation of recovery-oriented services.

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