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Where Recreational Therapists Work
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Recreational therapists practice in settings such as inpatient and outpatient physical rehabilitation, inpatient and outpatient mental health, skilled nursing facilities and assisted living, adult day programs, park and recreation, adapted sports programs, acute care hospitals, pediatric hospitals and programs and school systems to name a few places.


Most recreational therapists are employed by health care agencies and work in traditional inpatient hospitals or health facilities but an increasing number are being hired in residential facilities, community mental health centers, adult day care programs, substance abuse centers, hospice care, community centers, and in school systems. There is a growing trend for recreational therapists to work in private practice providing services in the home and community as well.


Here is some information about Recreational Therapists and the different settings where you can find them working, some are in multiple settings.


Behavioral Health

Using a systematic process of recreation and other activity-based interventions to empower individuals towards mental health recovery through a focus on self-efficacy, self-regulation, self-expression and overall well-being.


Children and Adolescents 

Working with children and adolescents with special healthcare needs in a variety of settings from inpatient mental health to physical rehabilitation and more.


Community Based Services

Implementing recreational therapy at Federal, state, and local agencies, in municipal parks and recreation organizations, at home healthcare companies, in senior centers, group and residential homes, and after-school programs.


Management of Recreational Therapy

Serving as leaders of recreational therapy departments and other departments that perform recreational therapy as a part of their function.


Older Adults

Working with the older adult population with a variety of complex co-morbid diagnosis (especially Alzheimer's and Parkinson's) in many different treatment-settings.


Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Collaborating with the interdisciplinary care team by implementing person-centered interventions to reach improved functional independence.

School Systems

Using planned and purposeful recreation and leisure interventions to support individual educational outcomes and improve functioning needed to enhance a student’s quality of life and increase participation inside and outside of the educational setting.


Military Service Members and Veterans

Working to improve and promote the health of veterans and other military service members




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