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

  • Social / Artistic


  • Provide health education

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

  • 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.

  • Develop a collaborative therapeutic relationship

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

  • Maintain healthcare user data confidentiality

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

  • 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

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