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Therapeutic Recreation

Therapeutic Recreation plays a significant role in the health care system, and in the delivery of leisure services by providing professional practice in a broad spectrum of institutions and agencies. Recreational Therapy services are delivered by qualified professionals who utilize various methods to promote the independent physical, cognitive, emotional and social functioning of people disabled as a result of trauma or disease. The primary outcome of Therapeutic Recreation practice is to provide the client with opportunities to enhance and/or maintain a meaningful, satisfying, and healthy life-style.

Career Fields associated with Therapeutic Recreation Majors:

  • Recreational Therapist
  • Director of Therapies
  • Program Specialist
  • Senior Citizen Programs
  • Clinical Specialist
  • Healthcare Consultant
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Recreation Program Asst
  • Speech Pathology Clinician
  • Youth Camp Recreation Therapist
  • Rehabilitation Counselor
  • Community Recreation Programmer
  • Physical Therapist Supervisor
  • Speech Pathology Specialist

For more information on any of these career options, please visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook.

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Related Skills:

  • Motor skills
  • Persuasiveness
  • Ability to design & implement rehabilitative programs
  • Leadership
  • Physical Coordination
  • Ability to plan recreational activities

Personal Attributes associated with Therapeutic Recreation Majors:

  • Patience
  • Excellent communication
  • Perseverance
  • Motivated
  • Patience
  • Independent
  • Value people
  • Good communication
  • Adaptable
  • Organization
  • Good time management
  • Able to overcome stress
  • Interest in constant learning