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February is International Recreational Therapy Month

Friday, February 24, 2017

February is International Recreational Therapy Month. The Oklahoma State University College of Education proudly offers a bachelor’s degree in Recreational Therapy as well as graduate programs in Leisure Studies. Recreational therapy is a growing and valued part of the health care and human services industry.

Recreation Therapy student works at the Warm Water Therapy Lab

What is Recreational Therapy?

Recreational Therapy is a systemic process that utilizes recreation-oriented interventions to address the assessed needs of individuals with illness and/or disabling conditions, as a means to psychological health recovery and well-being.


What do Recreational Therapists Do?

A recreational therapist facilitates activity-based interventions to improve the physical, cognitive, emotional, social and leisure needs of patients in diverse settings. Recreational therapists often facilitate group and individual therapy sessions using evidenced-based practices that promote desired treatment outcomes.


Where do Recreational Therapists Work?

Most recreational therapists are employed by health care agencies such as medical hospitals, mental health facilities, physical rehabilitation facilities, skilled nursing facilities and adult day care centers, correction and within school systems.


OSU’s undergraduate program holds accreditation through the Committee on Accreditation of Recreational Therapy Education by the Commission on Accreditation of Health Programs.

Learn more about in this overview of our recreational therapy program at