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Therapeutic Recreation: The Assessment planning process

Explains how, what, when, why etc assessments are created
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Ashley Dawson

on 20 September 2012

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Transcript of Therapeutic Recreation: The Assessment planning process

The Assessment Planning process Therapeutic Recreation: (Determining the function of the Assessment) Analyze the environment Agency considerations
What is the mission of the agency?
What are the new areas of program focus?
What standards impact the delivery of services at this agency?
What client groups are served, and is this changing? Length of stay? Types of assessments used? Types of resources available for the purposes of client assessment? Client considerations
What are the typical client needs of this population group?
What are they being admitted or seen at THIS agency? How do their needs cluster?
What are the limitations of this population group that would impact the assessment process?
Where will the clients be going after discharge or leaving the agency? How will their future impact the current services received, and, in turn, how will this affect the assessment? Therapeutic Recreation Program considerations
Which areas of the Leisure Ability Model are represented by the TR programs?
What specific content is covered within the programs?
At what level are the programs delivered? What is the intent of the programs?
What type(s) of information are needed to determine whether a client could benefit from participation in the program? Staff and Resource considerations
What talents, strengths, and weaknesses do staff bring to the assessment process?
In what areas are additional staff education and training necessary to improve the overall process of client assessment?
What is the department or agency budget for assessment, especially if commercial assessments are to be purchased?
How much time can be allotted per assessment, per specialist, per client? Define the parameters (Determining the CONTENT of the Assessment) Determining the IMPLEMENTATION strategy After the assessment *function, *content, and *implementation strategy have been determined, one option is to review and select a commercially available assessment for use. Do's & Don'ts:

*Do use: if it is based on content matching that of the agency's therapeutic recreation programs
*Do use: if it has been validated on a population similar to clients served by the agency.

Do Not Use: simply because it is well-packaged, marketed, well-know or presented at conferences.
Do Not Use: that has minimal documentation about its development and validation procedures. Develop an Agency-Specific Assessment
Similar to selecting an assessment that can be purchased, a client assessment can be developed by a TR specialist within a specific agency, given that adequate consideration and thought is given to its development. Select a commercial assessment Develop an agency-specific assessment Establish assessment protocols Train staff and interns on assessment. Protocols Do's and Don'ts

*Do create one when: an appropriate commercial assessment cannot be located
*Do create one when: TR programs and/or clients have unique characteristics

*Do Not Create one: if a commercial assessment readily available that suits the purpose and clients.
*Do Not Create one: the staff has limited expertise or interest in validation and testing procedures. Assessment Protocol- is a document that provides clear information on the standardized procedures for preparing for, administering, scoring, interpreting, and reporting assessment information. This will increase the likelihood that specialists are delivering the assessment in a similar fashion and will likely increase the reliability of the assessment results through consistency of efforts. Implementation of Assessment
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