Profession recreational therapist

Recreational therapists offer treatment to persons who have behavioural disorders or conditions. They use techniques and interventions such as art, music, animals and dance to promote, maintain and restore the development and health of the patient.

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Personality Type


  • Maintain healthcare user data confidentiality

    Comply with and maintain the confidentiality of healthcare users` illness and treatment information.

  • Develop a collaborative therapeutic relationship

    Develop a mutually collaborative therapeutic relationship during treatment, fostering and gaining healthcare users' trust and cooperation.

  • Listen actively

    Give attention to what other people say, patiently understand points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times; able to listen carefully the needs of customers, clients, passengers, service users or others, and provide solutions accordingly.

  • Provide health education

    Provide evidence based strategies to promote healthy living, disease prevention and management.

  • Assess the patient's therapeutic needs

    Observe and assess the patient`s behaviour, attitudes and emotions in order to understand if and how their therapeutic needs can be met with a specific kind of therapy, collecting and analysing information on how the client makes, responds to, and relates to artistic stimulae. Relate this information to other aspects of the patient`s life.

Optional knowledge and skills

dance therapy psychotherapy principles encourage healthcare user's self-monitoring promote inclusion record treated patient's information plan music therapy sessions anthropology apply music therapy treatment methods assess art therapy sessions comply with quality standards related to healthcare practice human physiology take referred patients autism psychopharmacology victimology eating disorders organise relapse prevention work in multidisciplinary health teams psychology deal with emergency care situations apply risk management in sports apply psychoanalysis manage healthcare users' data record healthcare users' progress related to treatment sexology behavioural therapy accept own accountability refer healthcare users advise on healthcare users' informed consent psychopathology apply context specific clinical competences psychoacoustics cognitive psychology employ foreign languages in care reflexion ensure safety of healthcare users animal therapy health care occupation-specific ethics employ foreign languages for health-related research apply health sciences psychosociology use art in a therapeutic setting observe healthcare users identify patients' behaviours theory of art therapy handle patient trauma apply organisational techniques write work-related reports paediatrics cognitive behavioural therapy empathise with the healthcare user apply music therapy methods communicate effectively in healthcare apply music therapy assessment methods adhere to organisational guidelines inform policy makers on health-related challenges diagnose mental disorders comply with legislation related to health care practice gestalt therapy control animal movement fine arts medical studies psychoanalysis pedagogy respond to changing situations in health care philosophy peer group methods apply related sciences to music therapy disability types use e-health and mobile health technologies dance apply art therapy interventions relaxation techniques work in a multicultural environment in health care geriatrics ensure proper appointment administration educate on the prevention of illness human psychological development work with healthcare users' social network prepare treatment plan for art therapy develop a repertoire for music therapy sessions contribute to continuity of health care assess music therapy sessions sociology types of music therapies neurology recognise patients' reaction to therapy health care legislation music therapy processes

Source: Sisyphus ODB