Careers in Recreational Therapy
Bachelor of Science Degree in:
Recreational Therapy

What jobs are available?

Uses recreational and other activities as treatment interventions to improve the lives of persons with physical, mental, emotional, and/or social disadvantages. Techniques used include art, music & dance, aquatic exercises, structured social events, outdoor awareness activities, group problem-solving activities, behavioral management, lifestyle counseling, progressive relation, guided imagery, therapeutic massage, meditation, T'ai Chi Ch'uan, reality orientation, and family therapy.

Who employs Recreational Therapy Majors?
  • Psychiatric hospitals
  • Nursing/convalescent homes
  • Community outreach programs
  • Private consulting
  • Wilderness therapy programs
  • Adult day care centers
  • Prisons/juvenile care centers
  • Physical rehabilitation facilities
Good skills or traits for Recreational Therapy Majors:
  • Should be comfortable working with persons who are ill or have disabilities.
  • Patient, tact, creativity, imagination.
  • Should have an outgoing personality; one who genuinely enjoys being with people and easing the pain of others.
  • Deep-seated interest in spirit-mind-body wellness and healing.
Special training, degrees or experience I may need:
  • Become a Certified RT by obtaining Bachelor's degree at an accredited college/university, pass a written certification exam, and 360 hours of a clinical internship.
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