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.
This 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 Therapy||Animal Assisted Therapy||Leisure Education||Community Reintegration|
|Adaptive Sports||Therapeutic Use of Music and Arts||Adventure Therapy||Stress and Relaxation Techniques|
|Arts and Crafts||Dance||Drama||Fitness|
|Where Can I Work?|
|Department of Veterans Affairs||Special Recreation Associations||Rehabilitation Hospitals||Skilled Nursing Facilities|
|Acute Care Hospitals||Psychiatric Facilities||Community Mental Health Centers||Senior Centers|
|Adult Day Care Centers||Residential Facilities for people with Special Needs||Substance Abuse Centers||Correctional Facilities|
|For More Information|
|Illinois Recreation Therapy Association||Recreation Therapy Association|
|SRANI Special Recreation Association Network of Illinois||National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification|
|American Recreation Therapy Association|