Service-learning focused on the professional advancement of recreation therapy


  • David B. Jones, EdD, CTRS



Service-learning, licensure, professional conference, recreation therapy


Service-learning can provide students with opportunities to gain invaluable insight related to the context of professional practice while offering practical benefits to the recreation therapy profession. Recreation therapy students, through their senior capstone management course at the University of Southern Maine, planned, implemented and evaluated a professional conference that focused on recreation therapy licensure. Students not only obtained practical knowledge and training, they also provided a timely educational opportunity for recreation therapy specialists in Maine and New England. Just as importantly, participation in this service-learning project greatly enhanced the students’ professional identities.

Author Biography

David B. Jones, EdD, CTRS

Associate Professor, Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies, University of Southern Maine, Portland, Maine.


National Service-Learning Clearinghouse: Service-learning is. National Service-Learning Clearinghouse Web Site. Available at learning/service-learning_is/index.php. Accessed June 4, 2009.

Conference Attendee: Looking towards the future: Recreation therapy—Moving toward licensure in Maine and New England. Email message received on May 25, 2009.



How to Cite

Jones, EdD, CTRS, D. B. (2009). Service-learning focused on the professional advancement of recreation therapy. American Journal of Recreation Therapy, 8(2), 5–6.