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.

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