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Recreational Therapy as an Evidence-Based Treatment Approach

Wasatch Crest’s Director of Recreational Therapy Adelinn Cook, BS, TRS, CTRS, provides an overview of recreational therapy. You can watch her full presentation below.

About the Author

Adelinn Cook, BS, TRS, CTRS is Wasatch Crest’s Director of Recreational Therapy. She is the curator of Wasatch Crest’s robust recreational therapy program, which includes adventure therapy outings, experiential group therapy, expressive therapy, and mindfulness interventions such as yoga and meditation. She works closely with clients to create personalized recreational therapy treatment and aftercare plans. Using evidence-based therapeutic methods, she guides clients to discover their passions, develop resilience, and ultimately develop meaningful lives in sobriety.

Adelinn received her bachelor’s degree in recreational therapy from Indiana University, Bloomington. Prior to coming to Wasatch Crest, she worked as an Adolescent Guidance Specialist at a substance abuse treatment center in Indianapolis. She also facilitated recreational therapy activities such as ropes course initiatives, canoeing and equestrian therapy at an organization that served adults and children with varying disabilities.

Frequently going on solo backpacking trips for days at a time, Adelinn has a breadth of knowledge about outdoor survival skills. In her leisure time, Adelinn enjoys rock climbing, fly fishing, disc golfing and painting. Adelinn is also working toward her yoga instructor certification.

Adelinn’s calm and gentle demeanor is almost constant, but when she does get upset, her favorite coping method is throwing knives and hatchets. She also incorporates hatchet-throwing into Wasatch Crest’s recreational therapy program as a way to empower clients and introduce them to a fun, stress-relieving activity.

Adelinn is profoundly gratified when she witnesses clients overcome their fears by stepping out of their comfort zones and find inspiration to live life to the fullest.

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