Clinical reasoning: A concept for recreation therapy


  • David R. Austin, PhD, FDRT, FALS
  • Bryan P. McCormick, PhD, CTRS, FDRT, FALS



Clinical reasoning, RT education, Clinical practice


Clinical reasoning is a concept adopted by healthcare disciplines such as nursing, occupational therapy, and physical therapy, but it has been largely neglected in the literature of recreation therapy. The purpose of this article is to acquaint those in recreation therapy with clinical reasoning and to discuss how the concept can be useful within the profession of recreation therapy. The authors believe clinical reasoning should be perceived to be a core skill for recreation therapists.

Author Biographies

David R. Austin, PhD, FDRT, FALS

Professor Emeritus, Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

Bryan P. McCormick, PhD, CTRS, FDRT, FALS

Professor and Chair, Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana


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How to Cite

Austin, PhD, FDRT, FALS, D. R., & McCormick, PhD, CTRS, FDRT, FALS, B. P. (2013). Clinical reasoning: A concept for recreation therapy. American Journal of Recreation Therapy, 12(4), 31–38.




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