Recreational Therapy

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, and emotional well-being of clients
  • uses a variety of techniques including arts and crafts, play, animals, sports, games, dance and movement, drama, music, and 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 by helping clients/patients make a successful transition back to their community, work, families, homes
  • National Certification is offered through the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC).
  • Career Information
  • 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

Academic Fees

Required Courses

Contact Us

Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Email us:
Phone: 812.237.4955
Fax: 812.237.2493
College of Health and Human Services Building
401 N 4th Street 2nd Floor
Terre Haute, IN 47809
Google Map: Location of the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport

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