Recreational Therapy, M.S.R.
Recreational therapists use recreation and leisure activities as a tool to improve function and well-being for people with disabilities or illnesses. They help maintain or improve a client's physical, mental, and emotional well-being through a variety of techniques, including arts and crafts, drama, music, dance, sports, games, and field trips. Therapists assess individuals' needs, plan and implement specific interventions to meet those needs, and document and evaluate the effectiveness of the interventions.
As a student in the M.S.R. in Recreational Therapy program, you complete 35 credit hours of work, including courses on the philosophy of leisure and recreation; administration theory and management practices; research in health, kinesiology, and recreation; and statistics in public health. Through class practica, projects, internship opportunities, and field experiences, you learn how to execute the recreational therapy process (APIE), and learn about theoretical foundations of the field. Further, you acquire program-development and consultation skills, and learn advanced recreational therapy techniques. If you like, you have opportunities to participate in faculty research.
All students graduating from the major are eligible to sit for the National Council on Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) examination.