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ERIC Number: ED105315
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1958
Pages: 15
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Avocational Counseling: A Prospectus for a New Psychological Specialty.
Brender, Myron
Most Americans today have more spare time than ever before, but few have learned how to use it wisely. In an effort to remedy this deficiency and to insure the future competence of the average person to utilize his leisure time with maximum fruitfulness, some recreational theorists have advocated the establishment of a formal program of training and preparation for the optimal use of leisure. Agreeing with the view of recreation as an important medium for the expression, fulfillment, and enrichment of the personality through the gratification of diverse psychological needs, the position taken in this paper is that, while at present no one profession can justifiably claim to be equipped to assume the necessary role of counselor to the individual in matters pertaining to the optimal use of his leisure, the discipline which could perform this function is counseling psychology. This paper concerns itself with an attempt to formulate the characteristics and functions of this proposed new area of psychological specialization called recreational psychology, and to develop an outline of a program for training its practitioners. (Author/PC)
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