Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Lynn S. Anderson

Second Advisor

Amy DiRenzo

Third Advisor

Dot Edwards


The purpose of this project was to create a comprehensive program plan and operations manual as an example of a private practice in therapeutic recreation. One goal was to provide a fresh approach to therapeutic recreation, one that embraces a strengths-based paradigm in a holistic environment nurturing the six domains of well-being and the aspirations of individuals served. To operationalize this goal, a thorough review of literature was undertaken and reported on; theoretical foundations and practice models were explored and selected; guiding principles, goals, and objectives were identified; a comprehensive program plan as well as specific intervention plans were created; target populations were identified based on a needs assessment; and best business practices were determined. The outcome is a private practice model that serves as a blueprint for other practitioners to expand upon or reformulate to implement a therapeutic recreation practice. InnerVision Therapeutic Leisure Services and Wellness Coaching, LLC is the end-product of this project. The Operations Manual highlights three specific intervention protocols: Body Luv!, Optimize!, and RetireEase! Also included are protocols for referrals, intake, assessment, planning, implementation, completion, documentation, evaluation, staffing,budgeting, financing, risk management, marketing, and business structure.