Becoming a Diversional Therapist
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Becoming a Diversional Therapist

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Also known as Recreational Therapist.
Plans, designs, coordinates and implements recreation and leisure-based activity programs to support, challenge and enhance the psychological, spiritual, social, emotional and physical wellbeing of individuals. Registration or licensing may be required.
Training time 12 weeks - 1.5 years
Avg. weekly wage - No data available -
Employment prospects Strong
Employment size 500

What does a Diversional Therapist do?

  • planning and implementing leisure activity programs for individuals in health care and in the community to assist in their social development, and promote their sense of wellbeing
  • identifying individual needs through task analysis
  • evaluating and assessing clients' levels of abilities, interests, needs, strengths and weaknesses, and their ability to carry out a range of tasks and interact with others
  • maintaining a knowledge of resources available within a facility and within the community
  • organising leisure and recreational events
  • assisting with training and supervising volunteers and staff
  • providing information on available support resources within the local community
  • encouraging and supporting clients to take part in activities suited to their particular needs and interests

Specialisations

  • Activities Coordinator
  • Activities Officer

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