A CLINICAL PERSPECTIVE ON THE HISTORY
OF RECREATIONAL THERAPY
I believe it is not only worthwhile,
but necessary to study the past in order to understand
the present and foresee the future.
Development and growth of the recreational therapy profession
has historically been preceded by event (war/epidemic)
generated health care needs. Essentially, these health
care needs are what create health care jobs.
The concept of wars and epidemics causing a need for health
care and job growth is not new. It's not my intent to
document this concept, but to document the growth and
development of recreational therapy as a result of historical
The events cited are merely the catalysts for change,
which provided opportunities for growth. The true cause
of the growth and development of recreational therapy
into a profession has been the individuals who advocated
the use of recreational therapy during these opportunities.
Jeffrey A. Mansfield