Discover a treatment service designed to improve the quality of life and leisure needs of clients. Learn how a Recreational Therapist can use a wide range of activity and community based interventions and techniques to promote health and wellness for people with a life- long illnesses or disabling conditions.

Career Path

Recreational therapists assist clients to develop skills, knowledge and behaviors for daily living and community involvement in a variety of settings:

  • Long-Term Residential Care
  • Hospitals & Clinics
  • Continued Care Retirement Communities (CCRC)
  • Community Park Departments
  • Residential group homes
  • School systems
  • Correctional facilities
  • Home health
  • Adventure/Wilderness Therapy
  • Outpatient substance abuse
  • Community mental health
  • Youth agencies
  • Respite and Hospice Centers
  • Veteran Rehabilitation Services

What You'll Study

Major

Get a comprehensive foundation of liberal arts, biological and health sciences, social sciences, disability studies and leisure theory in our nationally recognized program. 

Outdoor Education Minor

Enhance your Longwood experience and discover what it takes to be a successful outdoor leader and educator. Through the process of developing leadership — that will transfer into everyday life and in many other majors/disciplines — you'll learn skills in a variety of adventure activities that include: 

  • Rock climbing
  • Canoeing
  • Backpacking
  • Orienteering
  • Ropes course facilitation   
  • Backcountry medicine

Additionally, you can earn credentials in Leave No Trace Training and Wilderness First Responder (WFR).

Courses

Learn technical aspects of the profession in specialty courses emphasizing professional therapeutic communication, program planning, intervention techniques, clinical assessment and reasoning, and management. 

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