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What is Therapeutic recreation ? 

Therapeutic Recreation (also know as Recreation Therapy) is a health care profession that utilizes a therapeutic process, involving leisure, recreation and play as a primary tool for each individual to achieve their highest level of independence and quality of life.

What does a Recreation Therapist do?


Therapists are healthcare professionals who work in a variety of health care settings to improve, maintain or prevent decline in health. Leisure based treatment plans are purposeful, meaningful and based on individual strengths and values identified through assessment.

What are the benefits of Therapeutic Recreation? 

  • Provide a holistic, strengths based approach to address the physical , cognitive, emotional, social and spiritual domains 

  • Promoting leisure independence and optimal leisure lifestyle

  • Development of healthy living strategies through leisure 

  • Stress management 

  • Social engagement

  • Self-efficacy 

  • Increasing independence and promoting self reliance 

  • Leisure participation, activation and enjoyment

  • Achievement of goals via group and one to one interventions

  • Goal setting and outcome measures

  • Community inclusion

  • Provide strategies to adapt to the environment/overcome barriers related to illness or disability

What are the benefits of hiring a Recreation Therapist?


  • Person centered care based on assessments and individualized treatment plans 

  • Development and documentation of protocols (group and one:one) to identify and reduce risk to patients, colleagues, public and self

  • Evidence based practice

  • Awareness of professional scopes of practice within the allied health care team 

  • Work collaboratively to ensure a team oriented approach to person centered care delivery

  • Build community capacity through partnerships

  • High level of knowledge of recreation and leisure

  • Apply activities to help restore health and foster growth and development 

Source: Canadian Therapeutic recreation association (CTRA) website

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Other resources:


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American therapeutic recreation association:

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