Recreation therapists help people live their best lives.
The Recreational Therapy program prepares students to work with individuals with disabilities, illnesses, injuries and other limitations so that they can participate in life activities to their greatest potential. Students will gain the knowledge and skills needed to assess clients and develop and implement purposeful intervention plans.
Recreational therapists utilize a wide variety of activity and community based interventions to address the physical, cognitive, emotional, social and leisure needs of their clients, helping them to optimize their health and wellness leading to an improved quality of life.
Recreational therapists may work with a wide range of individuals requiring health services including adults and children with physical disabilities, behavioral health disorders, substance use disorders, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and the geriatric population.
Kean Recreational Therapy graduates are employed by in-patient hospitals, physical rehabilitation facilities, behavioral health facilities, substance abuse centers, long-term and residential care facilities, adult day programs, community-based programs, schools and camps, and in private practice.
Graduates of the Recreational Therapy program frequently go onto graduate school in pursuit of advanced degrees in recreational therapy, counseling, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and other health professions. Faculty advisers provide guidance in completion of the prerequisites for graduate school within the four year program.
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My field experience allowed me to apply the knowledge I learned in the classroom to the workplace, which gave me an advantage when applying for jobs. I'm currently working at the same place where I completed my senior internship."
Recreation therapists have meaningful careers in a variety of settings, helping people maximize independence and engagement in life and leisure as:
- Recreation or activity therapists
- Therapeutic recreation directors
- Mental health specialists
- Youth development counselors
- Inclusion specialists
- Life enrichment coordinators
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