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Recreation Therapist

Recreation therapists work with clients and families help them return to and/or participate in leisure, social, physical and community roles. They help a client address barriers to leisure due to illness, disability, chronic condition or aging. Recreation therapists promote health and wellness.

What do recreation therapists do?

  • Educate clients and families about the benefits of a balanced leisure lifestyle
  • Address barriers to leisure
  • Provide opportunities to a client to build skills, confidence and independence within the their community, home or facility
  • Collaborate with families, other health care providers and community agencies to integrate leisure
  • Work with clients to increase leisure satisfaction

Where do recreation therapists work?

  • Hospitals and community health centres
  • Supportive living and long-term care facilities
  • Home care within a client’s home
  • Adult day support
  • Rehabilitation and chronic disease management programs
  • Addiction and mental health service programs
  • Community settings

Alberta Health Services employs over 225 recreation therapists. Read about how recreation therapy reconnects patients with the joy of leisure – Making a splash in Medicine Hat.

What are the credentials of a recreation therapist?

  • Recreation therapists at AHS have a degree in Recreation Therapy, Therapeutic Recreation or Recreation and Leisure Studies. They require professional membership with the Alberta Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA)
  • Some therapists are Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists (CTRS)

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