Recreation Therapy

Boredom is a large barrier to mental health recovery. In select MOCO programs we offer Recreation Therapy we encourage our residents to try something they haven’t before. To go out of their comfort zone a little bit so that they can accomplish goals, experience new adventures, and maybe even find a new hobby or career that they will love.  We want to help people help themselves. The feeling of accomplishment from a challenge successfully undertaken and achieved can boost self-esteem. A successful outing can help a resident learn that they are a little more of an adventurer and less of a mental health patient.

Activities are planned according to the resident’s level of functioning and with their areas of interest in mind. We strive to keep our residents motivated by offering a nurturing environment. We do this by being supportive, encouraging, and accepting. Residents are supported by a smile or a fist bump from staff and peers. Recreationally we provide opportunities for growth and learning through our programs and outings. We offer programing as needed in a one-to-one setting as this creates a feeling of importance and enables them to learn at their own pace.

The goal of the Psychosocial therapy that we provide is to teach the skills that help our Residents to live and work in their communities as independently as possible. We do this by offering programs in the 7 areas of wellness, each of these dimensions contributes to our quality of life.

1. Occupational: personal satisfaction in your job or career.
2. Emotional: the knowledge and skills needed to identify personal feelings and the ability to handle those emotions.
3. Physical: all areas of health that relate to the physical aspects of the body including, nutrition, exercise, weight management, ergonomics, tobacco use, disease, disease prevention, and more.
4. Social: social connections, relationships, and personal expression. 
5. Spiritual: the search for purpose and meaning in life. This may include the belief in a higher power but does not have to be aligned with a religion. 
6. Intellectual: pertaining to brain health and growth via thought-provoking mental activities.
7. Environmental: includes eco-friendly considerations, active participation in recycling and proper disposal of electronics and medicine, energy, fuel, and water conservation, and the use of sustainable products.

Lisa Kennedy