Recreation Therapy Concentration

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Welcome to RT! In the Recreation Therapy Concentration, students take courses that provide them with the skills necessary to work within a broad spectrum of health care by improving and maintaining physical, cognitive, emotional and social functioning, preventing secondary health conditions, enhancing independent living skills, and overall quality of life. Recreation Therapy uses treatment (recreational therapy-RT, education and recreational opportunities to achieve its goals. RT uses a variety of interventions to treat physical, social, cognitive and emotional conditions associated with illness, injury or chronic disability. Professionals with this degree can work in public settings (e.g., city park and recreation departments); private-clinical settings (e.g., for-profit hospitals and clinics with people who may be recovering from a stroke or an acquired disability as a result of an accident); and non-profit settings (e.g., community-based non-profits which match people with and without disabilities for boating trips in the San Francisco Bay). Students in this concentration take courses in Recreation Therapy principles and practices, Recreation Therapy and Persons with Emotional Cognitive Disabilities, and Recreation Therapy and Gerontology.

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This Concentration requires 600 hours of pre-internship and a 560 hour internship for national certification or a 600 hour internship for state certification (you should speak to your advisor regarding your choice of internship). Students in Recreation Therapy must carefully choose their internship sites with their advisor's advice in order to meet certification requirements. Opportunities exist to work with children, the elderly or other special populations without access to traditional recreation outlets. There are group advising sessions for Recreation Therapy (RT) students each semester.  (Please be advised that for national certification through NCTRC, you need to ensure that your supervisor is a CTRS.)

For a detailed list of agencies contracted with Sac State, click here

Please also see the Internship Info and Forms pages for more information

RT Advising Information

For more information on the Recreation Therapy Certification, please visit the websites below.

  • National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification:

Prior to meeting with your faculty advisor, please refer to the following forms.

*Please be advised that the internship requirement for national certification is 560 hours. If a student would like to be eligible for state certification, the internship requirement is 600 hours. 

Recreation Therapy Faculty

Recreation Therapy Coordinator: Dr. Jamie Hoffman, CTRS

Recreation Therapy Lecturers:

Lecturers in Recreation Therapy bring a wealth of information and experience. These practitioners work in regional clinics and professional settings and bring their skills and talents to students in the classroom.

  • Lindsay Dao, B.S., CTRS
  • Alivia Gok, B.S., CTRS
  • Arlene Krause, M.S.,CTRS
  • Paul Polis, M.S., CTRS
  • Jennifer Wilson, M.S., CTRS, RTC

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