Diversional Therapist

Diversional Therapists research, coordinate and implement activities meant to rehabilitate or contribute to the well-being of clients. They especially work with individuals in aged care, those who have physical or mental disabilities, those who have suffered trauma or stress and individuals recovering from injury or illness.

Duties and tasks

  • Adjust activities and programmes based on client population and abilities.
  • Conduct client evaluations to identify interests, needs and ability levels; update evaluations during and after activity programmes to understand impact and create new needs-assessment.
  • Implement studies to determine effectiveness and satisfaction with programmes.
  • Organise recreation and leisure activities to promote social engagement and psychological wellbeing.
  • Refer clients and offer information on community resources available to them.
  • Work with clients to create goals and encourage them to try new activities to support them in particular needs.
  • Work with other staff and healthcare professionals to understand population and individual client conditions and recommend appropriate activities for them; educate staff and volunteers on programmes and benefits for clients.

Skills required

  • Excellent Organisational Skills
  • Good Communication Skills
  • Leadership and Motivational Skills
  • Problem Solving Abilities
  • Social Perceptiveness

Working conditions

Diversional Therapists may work in live-in care centre's, offices, community centre's and healthcare facilities. They may typically work Monday to Friday, but may need to work weekends or evenings to facilitate appropriate outings and activities for clients.

Professional associations / Industry information

Diversional Therapy Australia 

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