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Recreational therapy is a cost-effective healthcare profession that uses active treatments such as recreation, leisure, sport, play and community participation to increase the well-being and functional outcomes for individuals experiencing disability or health conditions. Recreational therapy was defined by the American Therapeutic Recreation Association as, “A treatment service designed to restore, remediate and rehabilitate a person’s level of functioning and independence in life activities, to promote health and wellness as well as reduce or eliminate the activity limitations and restrictions to participation in life situations caused by illness or disabling condition.” (2009)
More simply stated, recreational therapy improves functional outcomes for people with health conditions using active treatments such as leisure, recreation, sport, play, and community participation. Recreational therapists are nationally certified and use the clinical process of assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation.
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The CURT program offers the following degrees: B.S., M.S. (online or traditional) and a Ph.D. We have a thriving program and offer a number of experiential learning opportunities for students at all educational levels. The curricula were designed to meet contemporary needs in practice, as well as standards set forth by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification.
Students who complete the B.S. or M.S. programs will be eligible to sit for certification from the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) to become a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS).
Students interested in the Ph.D. program should have current certification as a CTRS, and professional experience in the field (two years preferred).
Take a look around, and if you have any questions about the program, please do not hesitate to contact Marieke Van Puymbroeck, Ph.D., recreational therapy coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 864-656-1189.