Recreational Therapist/Registered (RRT/RTR)
Recreational therapists, sometimes referred to
as therapeutic recreation workers, plan and organize recreational
activities such as games, arts and crafts, sports and drama to emphasize
confidence building, enhance social skills, and help lessen the effects
of an illness or injury.
- Art Therapy
- Music Therapy
- Dance Therapy
Recreational therapists work in hospitals, nursing homes, residential
facilities, behavioral health centers, adult daycare programs,
correctional institutions, substance abuse centers, and a few are
self-employed. They may work in conjunction with other medical
professionals including physicians, nurses, psychologists, social
workers, and physical and occupational therapists. Recreational
therapists often work with patients suffering from physical, mental or
emotional disabilities to help them build confidence and social skills.
They may conduct leisure activities, teach relaxation and stretching
techniques, or plan field trips and recreational games. Recreational
therapists observe patients and record their progress during therapy. In
some settings, recreational therapists may be required to conduct
activities in a swimming pool, a recreation room or on a playing field.
They usually work a 40-hour week, which may include evenings and
weekends. Recreational therapists are not the same as recreation
workers, who organize recreational activities for enjoyment only.