February is Recreation Therapy Month, and on February 4-5, Saskatoon Health Region’s Recreation Therapy Services hosted the 2016 Innovations Conference in Saskatoon.

Distinguished professors Dr. Lynn Anderson and Dr. Linda Heyne from New York presented on a “Strengths Approach to Recreation Therapy Practice” at the conference.

On February 4-5, Saskatoon Health Region’s Recreation Therapy Services hosted the 2016 Innovations Conference in Saskatoon.

On February 4-5, Saskatoon Health Region’s Recreation Therapy Services hosted the 2016 Innovations Conference in Saskatoon.

The conference highlighted the transformation in health and human services from a deficits approach to a strengths-based approach in Recreation Therapy service delivery. Emphasis is now being placed on the individual at the center of the therapy, with their goals, dreams and aspirations driving the therapeutic process. Through this process, unique interventions are chosen with the ultimate goal of nurturing and developing a person’s strengths and capabilities in the context of their home and community environment.

Those attending the conference were reminded of the integral role that leisure plays as a stimulus for health and in helping people feel good about their lives. Recreation Therapy is in a unique position in that these practitioners focus on our clients’ capabilities and strengths, which is empowering for the people we work with.

“This conference was an exceptional learning opportunity offered during Recreation Therapy month which benefited a large number of Recreation Therapy practitioners throughout the Saskatoon Health Region and beyond,” said Sherri Nelson, Practice Leader, Recreation Therapy.

The education event was made possible thanks to the major sponsorship provided by the Royal University Hospital Foundation, Saskatoon City Hospital Foundation and St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation as well as Saskatchewan Association of Recreation Professionals (SARP) and Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan (HSAS).