Recreation Therapy

What is Recreation Therapy? Related Career Titles
Related Major Skills Job & Internship Search Links
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Miscellaneous Resources  UNCW Recreation Therapy

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What is Recreation Therapy?

The American Therapeutic Recreation Association defines therapeutic recreation as: ...the provision of treatment services and the provision of recreation services to persons with illness or disabling conditions.  The primary purpose of treatment services, which are often referred to as recreational therapy, is to restore, remediate, or rehabilitate in order to improve functioning and independence as well as reduce or eliminate the effects of illness or disability. 

Similarly, the National Therapeutic Recreation Society defines therapeutic recreation as: Practiced in clinical, residential, and community settings, the profession of therapeutic recreation uses treatment, education, and recreation services to help people with illnesses, disabilities, and other conditions to develop and use their leisure in ways that enhance their health, independence and well-being (NTRS, 1994).

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Related Career Titles

(some positions listed below require advanced education)

Recreational Therapist Director of Therapies
Senior Citizen Programs Clinical Specialist
Occupational Therapist Physical Therapist
Speech Pathology Clinician Youth Camp Recreation Therapist
Community Rec Programmer Physical Therapist Supervisor
Program Specialist Recreation Program Asst
Healthcare Consultant Rehabilitation Counselor
Speech Pathology Specialist  
Employment settings for the therapeutic recreation specialist
Hospitals Rehabilitation Centers
Outpatient Centers Home healthcare
Retirement Communities Veterans Administration Hospitals
Specialty schools (blind, deaf, etc) Healthcare organizations
Nursing homes Correctional facilities
Psychiatric facilities Senior centers
Adult day care Universities/colleges

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Related Major Skills

People oriented Excellent communication skills
Motor skills Physical coordination
Patience Perseverance
Persuasiveness Motivational skills
Ability to design & implement rehabilitative programs Leadership
  Ability to plan recreational activities

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Job & Internship Search Links

Therapeutic Recreation Job Bulletin Board

Rehab - job listings

American Therapeutic Recreation Association job postings



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Career Planning Links

About therapeutic recreation

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Professional Associations

North Carolina Recreation Therapy Association

The American Therapeutic Recreation Association

NCTRC - National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification

New York State Therapeutic Recreation Association - excellent links!!

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Miscellaneous Resources:

Recreation Therapy Directory: resources for therapeutic recreation professionals

Craig Hospital in Denver: National Center of Excellence in the specialty of rehabilitation and research for patients for spinal cord and brain injury

Therapeutic recreation chat rooms

Cornerstones Magazine Online: Therapeutic Editorial Library

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