Therapeutic Recreation is defined as "the provision of treatment and recreation services to persons with illnesses or disabling conditions". Aimed at students and professionals in the field, this book presents a comprehensive introduction to the profession, providing theory and practice for the 21st Century. It examines mental and physical disabilities throughout the lifespan, offering readers a wide range of therapeutic modalities and activities. The chapters authored by leading professionals present the broad scope of therapeutic recreation as research and practice in community, clinical, youth organisations, special recreation, long term care and other settings. The contributing authors explore various philosophies and perspectives, presenting standards and certification information to prepare students for careers in the profession.