Implimentation [sic] of Joswiak's leisure counseling design for the developmentally disabled in a small group home

The purpose of this project was to determine the appropriateness of Joswiak's Leisure Counseling Design for the Developmentally Disabled (1975), residing in a small group home. Joswiak's design was divided into two different types of leisure counseling techniques: 1) group discussion and 2) reinforcement techniques. The focus for analysis for this project was to assess the use of the group discussion technique within a comparable objective described in Hayes' Model of Leisure Education and Recreation Counseling (McDowell, 1976). The implementation phase occurred in a small group home in the San Fernando Valley with six adult males at an average age of 27. The men were identified as being within the I.Q. range of moderately retarded. Leisure Counseling techniques consisted of group discussions (1 ½ hours), twice a week for eight weeks. Techniques employed in the sessions were brainstorming, guided discovery, suggestion, role playing, activity breaks, multimedia and assignments. Reinforcement techniques were not utilized due to a small staff at the group home and the central focus of this project on discussion techniques. (See more in text)