Recreational therapists plan, direct, or coordinate medically-approved recreation programs for patients in hospitals, nursing homes, or other institutions. Activities include sports, trips, dramatics, social activities, and crafts. They may assess a patient's condition and recommend appropriate recreational activity.
A Recreational therapist is someone who use various modalities including arts and crafts, drama, music, dance, sports, aquatics, or community outings to plan, direct, and coordinate recreation-based treatment programs in order to help systematically reduce depression, stress, and anxiety, recover basic physical and mental abilities, build confidence and socialize effectively.
A bachelors’ degree in recreational therapy or related fields like recreation and leisure studies is required to become a recreational therapist. While Bachelor’s degree programs usually include an internship, other therapy programs like courses in assessment, human anatomy, medical and psychiatric terminology are added qualifications that can aid in furthering growth and promotion possibilities. Recreational therapists may often be required to work with physicians, surgeons, nurses, psychologists or social workers.
Most recreational therapists find jobs at hospitals, nursing care facilities, government and corporates and in ambulatory healthcare services, working full time, and while most of the time it is a table job, they may sometimes be required to travel depending on the patient's needs. A recreational therapist salary can anywhere be between $30,000 to $70,000 per annum, depending on their qualification, experience and their workplace.
For a successful career as a recreational therapist, you require to possess additional skills like being a team worker and a good communicator.
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