Bachelor of Science in Recreational Therapy
The Bachelor of Science in Recreational Therapy at Temple’s College of Public Health prepares you to become a recreational therapist trained to work in a range of environments, including healthcare and community-based settings. Recreational therapists use a variety of techniques—such as adapted sports, expressive arts and life skills—to treat and maintain the emotional, psychological and physical health of patients with illnesses or disabilities.
You will be trained to assess people’s physical and mental needs, plan and implement specific interventions to meet treatment goals, and document and evaluate the effectiveness of the interventions. Students in the Recreational Therapy Major develop a thorough understanding of
- foundations of recreational therapy;
- how to lead a variety of structured recreation activities, including adaptive sports, animal-assisted therapy, aquatic therapy, social skills training and stress management;
- patient assessment and health documentation;
- related clinical procedures, including client intake and treatment planning; and
- clinical research and evaluation methods.