Recreational Therapist

Recreational Therapists, also known as Diversional Therapists, work with patients to create and implement a plan of recreational action. They work with individuals on recreational and physical activities to support and enhance the physical and psychological well-being of those individuals undergoing some form of health regimen.

Duties and tasks

  • Assisting individuals with using various recreational equipment or machines
  • Designing a plan of recreational action for patients in their care
  • Encouraging patients undergoing a recreational regiment
  • Implementing said plans with the assistance of individuals undergoing care
  • Interviewing and observing individuals to determine personal needs
  • Planning and coordinating outings and large group activities

Skills required

  • Ability to perceive when others are in need of help
  • Active listening skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Oral communications skills
  • Positive and nonjudgmental attitude

Working conditions

Recreational Therapists may work in hospitals, clinics, or other medical facilities. At times, they may also work in community centre's or free-standing therapy offices.

Professional associations / Industry information

Diversional Therapy Australia 

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