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About Therapeutic Recreation

Therapeutic recreation is the provision of treatment services and the provision of recreation services to persons with illnesses or disabling conditions. The primary purposes of treatment services, which are often referred to as recreational therapy, are to restore, remediate or rehabilitate in order to improve functioning and independence as well as reduce or eliminate the effects of illness or disability. The primary purposes of recreational services are to provide recreation resources and opportunities in order to improve health and well-being. Therapeutic recreation is provided by professionals who are trained and certified, registered and/or licensed to provide therapeutic recreation (American Therapeutic Recreation Association Definition Statement).


Career Opportunities

Common practice settings include:
* General Practice Hospitals
* Psychiatric Hospitals and Community-based Treatment Centers
* Rehabilitation Hospitals and Outpatient Rehabilitation Facilities
* Long-term Care Facilities
* Municipal Parks and Recreation Departments
* Public or Private School Systems


TR Program at Calvin College

For more information and details, please contact: Youngkhill Lee, PhD., CTRS., Therapeutic Recreation Program, Spoelhof Fieldhouse  243; Phone: 616-526-6030; Email: yl33@calvin.edu

TR Resources

* RT Blog by Dr. Dave Austin

* Therapeutic Recreation Directory
* The National Center on Physical Activity and Disability

* Group Therapy Ideas

Professional Organizations

* American Therapeutic Recreation Association
* National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC)
* Michigan Therapeutic Recreation Association

* Canadian Therapeutic Recreation Association
* New Zealand Therapeutic Recreation Association

Professional Journals

* Therapeutic Recreation Journal                  * Annual in Therapeutic Recreation

* American Journal of Recreation Therapy       * Expanding Horizons in Therapeutic Recreation

* Journal of Leisure Research                      * Leisure Sciences

* World Leisure Journal                             * Leisure/Loisir

* Leisure Studies