Recreational Therapist

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4 years
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Recreational therapists help people with disabilities or illnesses maintain and improve the emotional, physical, and psychological well-being through arts, sports, and games.

Recreation therapists plan interventions that help overcome specific obstacles like paralysis or other disabilities and that engage patients’ interest in a treatment plan beyond the clinic walls.

Recreational therapists work in places such as substance abuse centers, rehabilitation centers, assisted living facilities, special education departments, and parks and recreation departments.

Recreational therapists must have a bachelor’s degree in therapeutic recreation and are certified by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification.