Therapeutic Recreation & Management

What do you like to do: work with people; help people recover from injuries, disabilities, or disorders by using recreation as a treatment modality; help others find enjoyment in life

Definition: Therapeutic recreation is a treatment service designed to restore, remediate, and rehabilitate a person’s level of functioning and independence in life activities, to promote health and wellness as well as reduce or eliminate the activity limitations and restrictions to participation in life situations caused by an illness or disabling condition.

To view prerequisites and program requirements, click here.


Academics

You will learn how to:

  • Analyze the implications of the Americans with Disabilities Act in recreational settings
  • Prepare recreation providers with knowledge and practical experience to enable them to include people from populations who have historically been underserved
  • Understand the interaction of psychological, biological, and social influences on behavior and psychological development through the life span
  • Understand the dynamics of maladjustment, major psychological disorders, and therapeutic procedures

Other things to do:

  • Join the Therapeutic Recreation club
  • Volunteer at a nonprofit organization
  • Complete an internship
  • Get the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC)

Careers

Jobs:

  • Therapeutic recreation specialist
  • Counselor
  • Nonprofit founder
  • TR technician

Sample of Potential Companies:

  • Center for Change
  • Utah Department of Corrections
  • Scenic View Academy
  • Primary Children’s Hospital
  • Summerfield Assisted Living & Retirement Home
  • Camp Kostopulos
  • Veterans Medical Center
  • Special Olympics