Reference Manual For Writing Effective Goals and Objectives in Recreational Therapy

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ISBN/ISSN: 978-1-952815-61-4

Author(s): Jenn Taylor, Lori Ann Eldridge, Tara Delong

Copyright year: 2023

Edition: 1st

Pages: 100

Creating individualized recreational therapy treatment plans that contain long-term goals, measurable objectives, and interventions is made easier with the Reference Manual for Writing Effective Goals and Objectives in Recreational Therapy.  Target areas in the manual are organized by the six dimensions of well-being: leisure, psychological/emotional, cognitive, social, physical, and spiritual.  The three authors then present an efficient method of writing appropriate goals and objectives while providing hundreds of examples for RTs to individualize based on client needs.  RTs working with children in preschool through older adults can develop individualized treatment plans quickly and systematically by selecting from the book's numerous examples appropriate for common recreational therapy settings.  Qualifiers provide endless combinations of tasks and challenges to document client progress. This valuable resource also includes: 


  • Discussion of the Flourishing through Leisure service-delivery model 
  • A review of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF), including common ICF codes used in RT 
  • Easy-to-follow directions for writing your own goals and objectives 
  • Reproducible worksheets for creating individualized goals and objectives 


This material is based on the authors' diverse backgrounds of more than 50 years of experience as RT practitioners in the field and 25 years as faculty members in university RT programs.  This is the book we have been waiting for! 



            International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF)

            Flourishing Through Leisure Model

            Resource Manual Integration



            Social – Interactions

            Social – Interpersonal

            Social – Passive-Aggressive

            Social – Client-Staff Relationship


            Psychological/Emotional – Group Performance

            Psychological/Emotional – Expression

            Psychological/Emotional – Manipulative

            Psychological/Emotional – Flexibility





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