Master of Science in Recreation Therapy
The Master of Science in Recreation Therapy in the College of Public Health explores dimensions of wellness as they relate to recreation and leisure, as well as improving quality of life for people with disabilities and health limitations. Students discover innovative strategies to support community engagement, leisure and recreation to promote function, health and participation. They’re also prepared to develop and implement evidence-based practice in diverse settings.
Recreation Therapy faculty capitalize on both Temple University’s distinctly urban, multicultural environment and new learning technologies to hone the skills students need for today’s healthcare and human service. They also view the concepts of health, leisure and recreation as integral to the human spirit.
What do Recreational Therapists do?
Recreational therapists use a variety of evidence-based techniques, such as adapted sports, expressive arts and life skills, to treat and maintain the emotional, mental and physical well-being of participants. Students are trained to assess participants’ needs, plan and implement specific interventions to meet those needs, and document and evaluate the effectiveness of the interventions. Learn more about the profession of recreation therapy profession.
As an MS student in Recreation Therapy, you will have the opportunity to develop a specialization with the guidance of a faculty member, to serve specific populations or study specific functions of recreation for health promotion. Examples of faculty members’ specializations include
- advanced sport and inclusive recreation,
- behavioral health,
- disability studies,
- health promotion and rehabilitation,
- pediatrics, and
- physical rehabilitation.
The program encourages cross-disciplinary learning in the College of Public Health and beyond: To round out the program, students may pursue courses in counseling, exercise science or special education, for example.
Recreational Therapy students come from a wide range of academic and employment backgrounds, including accounting, child and family studies, communications, psychology, and special education.