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Recreational therapists plan, direct, and coordinate recreation-based treatment programs for people with disabilities, injuries, or illnesses. These therapists use a variety of modalities, including arts and crafts; drama, music, and dance; sports and games; aquatics; and community outings to help maintain or improve a patient’s physical, social, and emotional well-being. They work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, nursing and residential care facilities, substance abuse centres, rehabilitation centres, special education departments and parks and recreation departments. (Occupational Outlook Handbook)
Find detailed information about the occupation, including typical duties and working conditions, in the links below:
- National Occupational Classification (NOC) - Canadian occupational descriptions
- O*NET Online - U.S. resource for occupational descriptions and information
- OCCinfo by alis - Alberta-based occupational information
- Interview: Recreationist - from StudyinCanada.com
- Career Profile: Recreation Coordinator/Facilitator - Manitoba Association of Health Care Professionals (MAHCP)
- Career Profile: Recreation Coordinators/Therapists - MAHCP
- How RTs work in different settings (scroll to bottom of page to view links) - ATRA
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- Trend Analysis: Job Market Report (Winnipeg Region) - Gov. of Canada Job Bank
- Occupational Outlook Handbook - Job outlook for the U.S.
- 2014 Job Analysis Report (pdf) - from NCTRC
- Collective Agreements - Manitoba Association of Health Care Professionals
Professional associations may organize events and provide directories, job postings, career and labour market information. Student membership opportunities may also be available: engage, learn and network!
- Recreation Connections Manitoba
- Canadian Therapeutic Recreation Association (CTRA)
- American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA)
- National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC)
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- Manitoba 211- Directory of Social Service Organizations in Manitoba
- Regional Health Authorities - Province of Manitoba
- Health Regions in Canada - listings and maps from Statistics Canada
- Manitoba Association of Seniors Centres
- Long Term and Continuing Care Association of Manitoba - members
- Health Charities Coalition of Canada - members
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