Skills and abilities: Excellent observational, and analytical skills. Understanding of patient psychology and learning strategies. Strong communication and positive attitude, with ability to gain confidence and inspire.
What you’ll be doing: You could decide to work with groups or individuals. Typical day-to-day responsibilities include:
- Observe, record, and analyse patient participation during treatment
- Develop treatment plans to suit needs of patient, based on interests and objectives
- Encourage new skills, and health promotion in clients with special circumstances
- Conduct mental and physical sessions, encouraging adoption of leisure activities
- Instruct in techniques to meet a patient’s specific physical or psychological needs
- Consult with other professionals, such as patient’s GP, for additional information
Career progression: You may decide to improve your career prospects by becoming a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, or to enter an administrative or managerial role and lead a team. Alternatively, you may wish to specialise in a particular field, such as physical fitness or art. therapy You may also decide to establish yourself as a freelance professional, or start your own company.
BSc (Hons) Psychology (BPS)
The BSc (Hons) Psychology (BPS) is an undergraduate programme that explores the science behind how the mind works, and the reasons why people behave the way they do.