Therapeutic recreation (TR) is the specialized application of recreation and experiential activities or interventions that help maintain or improve the health status, functional capacities, and ultimately the quality of life for persons with disabilities.
Grand Valley State University's therapeutic recreation major is a four-year academic curriculum plus one semester of internship leading to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. Students need to be able to use clinical reasoning skills to solve problems, formulate concepts, make judgments, analyze behaviors and tasks, and determine appropriate interventions. TR is a secondary admission program. Application information is available at www.gvsu.edu/tr/.
Students study a variety of topics that include:
Therapeutic recreation is a diverse field that offers graduates varied career opportunities. TR specialists work in hospitals, acute and sub-acute care settings, nursing homes, centers for physical medicine and rehabilitation, psychiatric institutions, substance abuse centers, correctional facilities, juvenile services, public parks and recreation departments, volunteer agencies, after-care centers, and sheltered workshops.
“The TR program at GVSU has great professors and facilities. I have not only grown professionally, but personally as well. I have learned a lot about the world of therapeutic recreation while increasing my self-confidence and leadership skills.”