Recreational Therapy Treatment at Corner Canyon Health Centers

Our Recreation Program

Corner Canyon Health Centers is an inpatient mental health treatment center specializing in Recreational Therapy treatment. Recreational therapy, also known as therapeutic recreation, is a systematic process that uses recreation and other activity-based interventions to help treat the needs of individuals with mental health struggles and other disabling conditions. As a result, therapeutic recreation compliments the treatment process and provides the individual with overall recovery and well-being.  

Here at Corner Canyon Health Centers, our mission is to provide individuals with evidence-based treatment along with compassion driven care during the recovery process.

Our Therapy Treatment

We provide experiential therapy activities that are recreationally oriented, like hiking, sober softball, ropes courses, swimming together in the backyard pool, team-building exercises, music therapy, yoga, service projects, and massage therapy.  These experiences help clients learn new ways of experiencing and working with their emotions. They learn how to behave more mindfully and develop better communication skills through the insights they see reflected them during each experience. They learn to work together with others to accomplish tasks and goals, and they gain self-esteem through accomplishment.

A few of our Recreational Therapy Activities

Adventure Therapy-  Adventure therapy combines nature, community, and exercises during the recovery process. This type of therapy is intended to improve an individual’s physical, social, spiritual, and psychological well-being through the power of the outdoors combined with evidence based treatment. This therapy is targeted for individuals that may struggle with substance abuse, behavioral issues, and/or various mental health concerns.

Music and Art Therapy- “Clients who have experienced trauma are excellent candidates for art and experiential therapy because they can provide a means for expressing the inexpressible feelings that are often shut down or pushed away from consciousness in response to traumatic events. It has been exciting in the last 25 years to see that neuroscience research has validated art therapy. Through brain imagery, we now know that the cognitive and executive functioning of the brain is for the most part “offline” when people are recalling their traumas, rendering them essentially “speechless.” This helps explain why traditional verbal therapy is often not enough when working with trauma, and why art (imagery) and other experiential therapies are so effective”. 

Meditation Therapy- Corner Canyon offers “Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention”, ( MBRP), a research validated meditation practice that includes learning and practicing many kinds of meditation.  This can help the individual learn skills that aid in relaxation, thoughtfulness in decision making, slowing breathing, and many other valuable skills. 

Equine Therapy- Working with animals, usually horses and dogs, can bring many therapeutic experiences to people.  These can include:

  • Distress tolerance.
  • Emotional awareness.
  • Trust and Empathy
  • Independence.
  • Impulse control.
  • Self-esteem.
  • Social awareness and skills.
  • Social relationships
  • Problem solving skills
  • Increased in self-respect
  • Improved adjustment to routines and guidelines
  • Improved focus
  • Less stressful friendships
  • Reduced aggression

During equine-assisted therapy, the client is typically with a trained therapist, an equine specialist, and the horse. Riding may or may not be involved with equine-assisted psychotherapy. Rather, the focus is on attention, presence, mindfulness, social cues, boundaries, and more.  Horses are keen observers, and are sensitive to emotion and movement. They often mirror a client’s emotions and behavior, conveying understanding and connection that allows the client to feel safe.

This allows clients to maintain a sense of self-awareness, using the horse’s behavior and interactions for feedback and opportunities to check in with the trained therapist and process what is happening in the moment. This complements the therapy process the client is experiencing or can be a stand alone therapy.

Other Experiential Therapy Activities

  • Archery
  • Bowling
  • Movies
  • Biking
  • Snowshoeing
  • Escape rooms
  • Health competition
  • Team building
  • Biathlon
  • Pickle Ball
  • Tennis
  • Boating
  • Rafting/Kayaking
  • Golf
  • Fishing

What Are The Benefits Of Recreational Therapy?

As mentioned above, recreational therapy provides a great outlet for each patient to grow in experiences, ways of communication, and to be more mindful of the world around them.  This is an integral part of a patient’s treatment. Some other benefits of recreational therapy are: 

  • It enhances an individual’s body image perceptions
  • Prevents social isolation
  • Helps develop and maintain social skills
  • Reduces social anxiety, pain, blood pressure, tension, and sleep disturbances 
  • It helps increase an individual’s immune system, attention span, mental alertness, and communication skills
  • Improves motor skills, cooperation skills, life satisfaction, mobility, and development

In the end, recreational therapy looks different from person to person. Some enjoy solitary experiences like hiking while others use the time to interact with others in enjoyable ways. Either can provide a change and release from the usual mindset, which can be negative or anxious depending on what is going on for the individual. Interacting with others or nature can improve mood, release endorphins, and generally provide an uplift. Developing competence in recreational activities can build self-esteem. In combination with talk therapy learning can be increased and complemented.