Parks & Rec
Therapeutic recreation is a human service profession that utilizes recreation and leisure as a means to increase health, well-being, and quality of life for people with disabilities, illnesses, or other conditions.
Examples of employment settings include, but are not limited to, hospitals, physical medicine and rehabilitation centers, substance abuse facilities, residential and group homes, special recreation associations, and long term care facilities.
For more information on the Therapeutic Recreation program, please consult the Illinois State University undergraduate catalog. Due to certification requirement changes, students starting therapeutic recreation classes in Fall 2011 should consult the 2011 undergraduate catalog supplement.
Students graduating from the Therapeutic Recreation sequence who meet the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) requirements are eligible to take the examination to become a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2010), employment of recreational therapists is expected to increase 15 percent from 2008 to 2018, faster than the average for all occupations in community, residential, and health service settings serving persons with disabilities, senior citizens, or those diagnosed with mental retardation, mental illness, or substance abuse problems.
Effective Fall 2011, students will be required to provide proof of First Aid and CPR Certification and 400 documented Experience with People Who Have Disabilities Hours prior to the start of the senior internship.
The documented hours must be from a minimum of three different settings (does not include junior practicum agency); must include a minimum of 100 hours each at two different settings and a minimum of 50 hours each in other settings; acceptable hours could be obtained anytime post high school and could be paid or volunteer; acceptable hours must consist of direct interaction with people who have disabilities.