Community-based Recreation Therapy and mental health recovery: a mixed-media participatory action research study

A presentation from DRTA 2022 Virtual Conference

Your Instructor

Jessica Ariss
Jessica Ariss

Jessica Ariss majored in psychology at the University of Guelph, completed a post-graduate certificate in
therapeutic recreation at Georgian College, and a master’s degree in rehabilitation science at the University

of British Columbia. Jessica has focused her studies and research on the principles of mental health recovery,

person centred care, and psychosocial rehabilitation. As a Registered Recreation Therapist with Therapeutic

Recreation Ontario, Jessica has experience working in the fields of post-secondary education and mental

health. Currently, Jessica is the Program Manager of the Ontario Structured Psychotherapy Program – Central


As a passionate proponent of evidence-based practice, Jessica strives to inspire clinicians to embrace the

value of research in their practice. Jessica aims to demystify the research process and motivate others in

the field of recreation therapy to be inquisitive, conduct research, and work towards continuous quality

improvement in their clinical practice.

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