Recreation Therapist

Therapeutic Recreation focuses on the use of recreation and leisure experiences to improve the quality of life of people with disabilities, illnesses and other limitations. Recreational therapists work with clients to restore motor, social and cognitive functioning, build confidence, develop coping skills, and integrate skills learned in treatment settings into community settings. Intervention areas vary widely and are based upon client interests. Examples of intervention modalities include creative arts (e.g., crafts, music, dance, drama, among others), sports, adventure programming, dance/movement, and leisure education. They are employed in rehabilitation facilities, psychiatric hospitals, nursing homes, correctional facilities, substance treatment centres, children's hospitals, and community mental health centres, associations for community living, schools, and colleges.

Skills Required

  • excellent interpersonal communication skills
  • enthusiasm and a positive, flexible attitude
  • good judgment, initiative and accountability
  • the ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • program development and implementation
  • aptitude for using specially designed equipment and techniques

Education/Training Required

Bachelor of Science Recreation (BScR-TR)

Schools Offering Career Program

Dalhousie University

Average Starting Salary

Growth Rate

Education Required
4 years