Colleen Deyell Hood, PhD

Professor, Recreation & Leisure Studies

Colleen Hood

Office: STH 352
905 688 5550 x5120

I have been a faculty member and practitioner in the field of therapeutic recreation for over 30 years. I have authored a number of publications and spoken across North America introducing the Leisure and Well-Being Model to field as a contemporary, strengths-based model of therapeutic recreation practice. My primary interests focus on the role of leisure and therapeutic recreation services in living well with mental illness, and in the development and implementation of strengths-based interventions. I am engaged in research that develops and examines best-practice therapeutic recreation interventions for individuals with mental health challenges. I am also a Registered Psychotherapist with a small private practice in St. Catharines

  • Therapeutic Recreation and Living Well with Illness and Disability
  • Therapeutic Recreation for Individuals with Mental Illness
  • Trauma-Informed Therapeutic Recreation
  • Strengths-Based Intervention Strategies
  • Evidence Based Practice in Therapeutic Recreation
  • Registered Psychotherapist
  • Certified Therapeutic
  • Recreation Specialist

Hood, C. (2022). Making the case for trauma-informed practice in therapeutic recreation.
Canadian Journal of Recreation Therapy, 1, 5-31.
Cripps, L., & Hood, C. (2020). Recovery in mental health: Exploring the basic tenets of living
well with mental illness. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 54, 108-127.
Cripps, L., & Hood, C. (2017). The art and science of empathy: The initiation of a dialectical
conversation. Therapeutic Recreation: Practice and Research; Journal of Therapeutic
Recreation Ontario, 12, 11-20.
Hood, C., & Carruthers, C. (2016). Supporting the development of a strengths-based narrative:
Applying the Leisure and Well-Being Model in outpatient mental health services.
Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 50(2), 103-117.
Hood, C., & Carruthers, C. (2016). Creating strengths-based TR programs using the Leisure and
Wellbeing Model: Translating theory into practice. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 50(1),
Carruthers, C., & Hood, C. (2013). Mindfulness-based therapeutic recreation intervention. ATRA
Annual in Therapeutic Recreation, 21, 73-79.
Carruthers, C., & Hood, C. (2011). Mindfulness and well-being: Implications for therapeutic
recreation practice. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 45, 171-189
Carruthers C., & Hood, C. (2007). Building a life of meaning through therapeutic recreation: The
Leisure and Well-Being Model, Part I. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 41, 276-197.
Hood, C., & Carruthers, C. (2007). Enhancing Leisure Experience and Developing Resources:
The Leisure and Well-Being Model, Part II. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 41, 298-325.
Carruthers, C., & Hood, C. (2004). The power of the positive: Leisure and well-being.
Therapeutic Recreation Journal: Special Issue on Health and Health Promotion, 38, 225-

  • Therapeutic Recreation in Behavioral Health
  • Facilitation Techniques in Therapeutic Recreation
  • Strengths-based Facilitation Techniques