Recreational therapy (RT) is a form of therapy that uses physical recreation and activities to help people with illnesses or disabling conditions achieve mental and physical health. This therapy might include dancing, playing a sport, hiking, cooking, or even playing a video game. If you like being active and want to help others at the same time, consider majoring in Recreational Therapy. This program will give you the counseling techniques and knowledge you need to help rehabilitate individuals and educate them on the support systems and skills needed to maintain their health and happiness. The RT curriculum covers topics in recreational therapy foundations and treatment methods: through a combination of coursework, community programs, and treatment services, students learn how to conduct treatment planning and provide therapy. The culminating experience of the program is a recreational therapy internship through a local agency, preparing you for work in a professional environment. Students of this program graduate well-prepared to apply for licensure to practice as therapists or to find jobs in allied fields.
The Student Experience
Students who want to get involved in their department may join the Recreational Therapy Student Association (RTSA). This organization provides networking and socializing opportunities for students, as well as hosting professional development and service project events.
Upon graduation, Recreational Therapy students must be licensed by the Department of Professional and Occupational Licensing (DOPL) to practice in the state of Utah. Additional national certification as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) is also required for most recreational therapy positions in Utah and the United States. Once licensed, recreational therapists work in hospitals, treatment centers, skilled nursing facilities or community agencies to provide recreational therapy to individuals who need it.