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Career of the Week-Recreational Therapists

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Do you like to help and work with people? Would you like a career where you know your work is making a difference? If so, you may enjoy the Recreational Therapist career!

What?: Recreational therapists provide treatment services and recreation activities for individuals with disabilities or illnesses. They get to offer these services in a variety of ways including: arts and crafts, sports, games, dance, animals, music, community outings and more. Their goal is to improve and maintain the physical, mental and emotional well-being of their clients. Therapists also help people with disabilities integrate into the community by teaching them how to use community resources and recreational activities.

Where?: Recreational therapists may provide services in special activity rooms or travel to local community resources and activities with their clients. They also do some planning and preparation in offices. They generally work a 40-hour work week.

How?: A major in Kinesiology at the University of Minnesota is a great way to get training for this exciting career! Some states such as Oklahoma, North Carolina and Utah require a license. Even if the state does not require a license, obtaining a certificate will highly increase your ability to find a job in this field. This can be obtained from the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification and is called the Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist credential.

To learn more, visit:

The Occupational Outlook Handbook http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos082.htm

National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification http://www.nctrc.org

American Therapeutic Recreation Association http://atra-online.com/

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