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Abstract

The provision of recreation services to special populations traditionally has been offered in the institutional setting. With legislation, mainstreaming, and the advocacy movement, the practice of therapeutic recreation consultation emerged. Recently, the consultant has moved from employment in the not-for-profit sector into private practice, seeking the challenge, creativity, and responsibility not available in traditional settings. Extensive business and clinical skills are required to be successful as an entrepreneur. Credentials and credibility with referring personnel and other disciplines are necessary. Problems encountered and suggestions provided by therapeutic recreation entrepreneurs are presented.

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