Our Recover Through Recreation Sessions are designed to complement participants’ separate therapeutic journey. The programs offer different perspectives and outlets than traditional therapy, using recreation, core mental health values, and discussions and reflections in order to provide participants more resources and tools to improve their mental health.
With the help of licensed mental health practitioners, our sessions revolve around established core values, essential for good mental health. These values serve as the backbone of our sessions across all of our recreational offerings.
In a smaller group (6-10 people), our qualified facilitators use their experience and education to lead and tie sessions into our specific core values, which are rotated each session.
Sessions typically begin with any combination of ice breakers, mindful exercises, etc, followed by a discussion of the sessions’ core value theme for that day.
After the practice, a discussion and reflection of experiences during that session is held, used to teach any lessons learned, and discover new coping tools and perspectives that can be applied to participants' everyday lives and mental health.
Gratitude is the capacity to recognize privilege, community, resources, material possessions, and strengths with appreciation.
The practice of gratitude can help to train your brain to notice and appreciate little things in life which contribute to joy, and in doing so, shifts your life experience tremendously. Regularly practicing gratitude can increase happiness, well-being, life satisfaction, and decrease symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Connection to others is the experience of feeling close to and cared for by others, as well as having a sense of belonging to a group.
Connection is a basic human need. People who have a strong sense of social connection, experience higher self-esteem and empathy for others, and are often more trusting and cooperative. As a consequence, others may become more open to trusting and cooperating with them. In other words, social connectedness generates a positive feedback loop of social, emotional and physical well-being.
Commitment is living in alignment with your values by persisting in effective actions in specific areas of your life. It involves both persistence and the willingness to change.
In Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), “Committed action” means continuing to pursue effective action even if you sometimes fail to meet your goals. It is based on the view that people always have an ability to respond. Commitment to action is all about building concrete, continuous ways to redirect one’s behavior toward what one values. Eventually, these become flexible, consistent habits, which in turn become a meaningful life.
The ability to cope with challenges using mental or emotional strategies like mental flexibility, perspective taking, realistic optimism, stress-management, and leaning on social support.
Resilience is essential for dealing with trauma and adversity, and resilient individuals are typically more adaptable, open to new changes and experiences, and often see setbacks as opportunities for learning and personal growth.
Compassion is the ability to engage in kindness and empathy towards oneself and others. It includes the ability to refrain from harsh criticism and recognize that we are all imperfect, experience pain, and we may not be aware of the circumstances others are going through.
Compassion towards self and others is important for decreasing resentment, competition, and anger. Psychologists have found that practicing mindfulness or non-biased awareness of both painful and positive experiences can be very helpful to increasing a sense of compassion as well as resiliency.
Radical acceptance is the ability and willingness to accept situations that are outside of your control without judging them. It is not approval of a situation; rather it is the active choice to allow unpleasant experiences to exist, without trying to deny or change them, thus allowing oneself to focus on the things that are within one’s control.
Radical acceptance is a skill used in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy which aims to reduce suffering and increase distress tolerance. It shifts your focus off what you cannot control (the situation) to what you can control (your response).