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Teaching & Research

We take pride in preparing the next generation of therapists at the University of New Hampshire through practical classroom and living lab teaching. We also conduct clinical research demonstrating the efficacy of our work and new advances in the field of Therapeutic Recreation.

Students from the University of New Hampshire and beyond are welcome to join us for job shadowing and volunteer opportunities, tours of the office space, and practicum placements.   We accept student interns looking for an internship experience in therapeutic recreation under the supervision of one of our eight Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists (CTRS).

Courses Taught by Northeast Passage Staff:

RMP 501:  Recreation Services for Individuals with Disabilities (4 credits)
RMP 504:  Therapeutic Recreation Mental Health Principles and Interventions (4 credits)
RMP 563: Recreation Management and Policy Practicum (2 credits)
RMP 593: New Hampshire Recreational Ski Industry (2 credits)
RMP 613: Interventions and Documentation in Therapeutic Recreation (3 credits)
RMP 615: Clinical Applications in Therapeutic Recreation (2 credits)
RMP 664:  Recreation Management and Policy Internship (14-16 credits)

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Northeast Passage staff also serve as guest lecturers in other courses within Recreation Management and Policy and related departments at the University of New Hampshire.

Ongoing Research at Northeast Passage:

We believe that community based, goal directed, recreational therapy interventions can play a significant role in new and emerging healthcare models leading to the reduction of healthcare costs and improved quality of life for individuals living with disabilities. While the vast majority of Recreational Therapy programs are housed within larger medical facilities, Northeast Passage is free standing.  This structure allows our therapists to use the full breadth of skills and techniques within the RT scope of practice to maximize a client’s quality of life, investment in personal health, independence and community engagement.  While we do offer a full menu of adapted sports opportunities, our research focuses on the efficacy of our goal based recreational therapy interventions.

Our focus areas include Therapeutic Recreation services in school systems, and 1:1 community based interventions for individuals with acquired physical disabilities and those aging into and with disability.

Published Research Articles Relating to Northeast Passage:

  • Craig, P. J. Wilder, A., Sable, J. R., Gravink, J. (in press). Promoting access, transition, and health: A community-based approach to managing chronic health conditions. ATRA Annual in Therapeutic Recreation, 21.
  • Wilder, A., Craig, P. J., Sable, J. R., Gravink, J., Frye, J., & Carr, C. (2011). The PATH-way home: Promoting access, transition, and health for veterans with disabilities. Therapeutic Recreation Journal45(4), 268-285.
  • Sable, J. & Gravink, J. (2005). The PATH to Community Health Care for People with Disabilities: A community based therapeutic recreation service, Therapeutic Recreation Journal,XXXIX, 78-87.
  • Sable, J. & Bocarro, J. N. (2004). Transitioning Back to Health: Participants’ Perspective of Project PATH. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, XXXVIII, 206-224.
  • Bocarro, J. N. & Sable, J. (2003). Finding the right PATH: Exploring familial relationships and the role of a community TR program in the initial years after a spinal cord injury. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, XXXVII, 58-72.
  • Sable, J. (2003). The efficacy of PATH (Promoting Access, Transition and Health): A community based therapeutic recreation intervention. ATRA Research Abstracts, 18-25.
  • Sable, J. & Gravink, J. (2002) In-home therapeutic recreation intervention for people with recent spinal cord injuries. In B.Wilhite, M.J. Keller, & L. Epps (Eds.), In-home therapeutic recreation: Successful strategies and services (pp. 72-93). Arlington, VA: NTRS.
  • Gravink, J. (2002) Essay on disability and sports in Joukowsky, A., & Rothstien, L., Raising the Bar: New Horizons in Disability Sports. Ppg.73. Umbridge Editions
  • Sable, J., Craig, P. & Lee, D. (2000). Promoting health and wellness: A research-based case report. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, XXXIV, 4, 348-361.
  • Sable, J. & Gravink, J. (1999). Project PATH (Promoting Access, Transition and Health): A health promoting intervention for people with spinal cord injuries. Annual in Therapeutic Recreation, VIII, 33-42.
  • Sable, J., Powell, L., Gravink, J. (1997). Northeast Passage: Strengthening the empowerment process. Journal of Leisurability, XXIV, 1, 30-36.
  • Sable, J. & Gravink, J. (1997). Exemplary Program III: Northeast Passage. In Schleien, S., Ray, M.T., & Green, F., Community Recreation and People with Disabilities (pp. 194-198). Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brooks.
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