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The Recreation Therapist

  • is primarily prepared to work in treatment settings as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS)
  • is part of a multi-disciplinary treatment team
  • assesses clients/patients
  • develops individualized treatment plans
  • addresses
    • physical
    • psychological
    • emotional well-being of clients
  • uses a variety of techniques including
    • arts and crafts
    • play
    • animals
    • sports
    • games
    • dance and movement
    • drama
    • music
    • community outings
  • helps individuals
    • reduce depression, stress, and anxiety
    • recover basic motor functioning and reasoning abilities
    • build confidence
    • socialize effectively
  • reduces or eliminates the effects of a wide range of
    • illnesses
    • disabilities
    • secondary conditions
  • enables greater independence
    • helping clients/patients make a successful transition back to their
      • homes
      • families
      • work
      • community

National Certification is offered through the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC).

Occupational Outlook for Recreation Therapy

I am a Recreation Therapist Video 

Physical rehabilitation; Mental health facilities; Hospital-based rehabilitation programs; Long-term care facilities for older adults; Adolescent treatment programs; Community-based intervention programs
National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification