Therapeutic Recreation Emphasis
Therapeutic Recreation is health care profession that promotes health and quality of life for individuals facing disease and disability. The treatment and services provided by recreational therapists improve and maintain the physical, cognitive, social, emotion and leisure functioning for those individuals served. Students will receive instruction related to the therapeutic recreation process (assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation). The curriculum is designed to prepare students for the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) exam, to become a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists (CTRS).
Therapeutic recreation specialists utilize recreation and activities to improve health and well-being. Recreational therapists may work with individuals in medical centers, behavioral health, community recreation programs, pediatric and geriatric facilities, physical rehabilitation and numerous other settings.
Examples of some facilities where USM therapeutic recreation alumni are currently employed:
Links of Interest
- American Therapeutic Recreation Association
- National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook - Recreation Therapy
- Therapeutic Recreation Directory
Program Director Contact Information
Dr. Rick Green - Program Director and Professor
P: (601)-266-5576 Email: Rick.Green@usm.edu Room: HPR 214
Last Updated: March 15, 2013