The Recreation Therapy program at Moraine Valley Community College was established in 1967, marking itself as the only Community College in the State of Illinois to offer an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Recreation Therapy.

Sup_Rec Therapy LogoThis Associate of Applied Science degree includes a curriculum with coursework that builds competence in performing the job tasks of a Recreation Therapists. Program requirements includes a 200 contact hours with an agency serving Individuals with disabilities providing valuable hands on experience.

Recreation Therapists use recreation as an intervention to promote independence, quality of life, and functioning for individuals with disabilities.

Recreational Therapists may work with a wide range of individuals requiring health services including geriatric, mental health, addictions, physical medicine and rehabilitation, developmental disabilities and pediatric clients.

Therapists evaluate physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and spiritual needs, strengths, and aspirations, and with this information develop individualized treatment plans and Interventions to support the individual’s goals toward wellness. Professionals assess individuals’ needs, plan and implement specific interventions to meet those needs and document and evaluate the effectiveness of the intervention.

Related Careers: Child Life Specialist, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapy

What Can I Do?
Aquatic TherapyAnimal Assisted TherapyLeisure EducationCommunity Reintegration
Adaptive SportsTherapeutic Use of Music and ArtsAdventure TherapyStress and Relaxation Techniques
Arts and CraftsDanceDramaFitness
Where Can I Work?
Department of Veterans AffairsSpecial Recreation AssociationsRehabilitation HospitalsSkilled Nursing Facilities
Acute Care HospitalsPsychiatric FacilitiesCommunity Mental Health CentersSenior Centers
Adult Day Care CentersResidential Facilities for people with Special NeedsSubstance Abuse CentersCorrectional Facilities
For More Information
Illinois Recreation Therapy AssociationRecreation Therapy Association
SRANI Special Recreation Association Network of IllinoisNational Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification
American Recreation Therapy Association