What is Therapeutic Recreation?
Recreational therapy, also known as therapeutic recreation, is a systematic process that utilizes recreation and other activity-based interventions to address the assessed needs of individuals with illnesses and/or disabling conditions, as a means to psychological and physical health, recovery and well-being. The purpose of the RT process is to improve or maintain physical, cognitive, social, emotional and spiritual functioning in order to facilitate full participation in life.
To shape students' knowledge, skills, and passion for recreational therapy through a collaborative environment to become impactful, competent, and innovative practitioners.
- To prepare competent, entry-level recreational therapists in the cognitive (knowledge),
psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior) learning domains.
- To provide relevant and current recreational therapy education and experiences across
practice settings and diagnostic groups.
- To demonstrate knowledge, skills, and abilities in the TR process.
- To advocate for individuals with disabilities through club and course activities.
- To reflect and document professional growth throughout the course of their education.
- To advocate for and advance the profession through outside course activities and professional engagement.
- To differentiate between aspects of TR service delivery across varied practice settings and diagnostic groups.
- To demonstrate organizational and administrative skills for recreational therapy practice, and function as a member of the interprofessional team.
- To apply and synthesize complex information, research, and program evaluation methods and incorporate into practice.
- To express value in ethical obligations, standards of practice, and professional competencies to ensure appropriate treatment of clients.
The Therapeutic Recreation Program is currently undergoing the accreditation process through the Commission on Accreditation of Recreational Therapy Education (CARTE), a member organization of Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).