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Therapeutic Recreation & Leisure Studies

Therapeutic Recreation and Leisure Studies

Program Overview

SUBR Recreation Therapy program have successfully produced many professionals since the 1970's.  

The goal of the Recreational Therapy Program is "To prepare competent entry-level recreational therapists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains." You'll learn from primary faculty members who are certified in recreational therapy and gerontology with many years' experience as healthcare professionals, consultants, and educators. Our support faculty are experts in their respective fields-human anatomy and physiology, counseling, psychology, child development, and family relations.

Recreational therapist must complete a minimum of a bachelor's degree in the field to meet national certification requirements.  The TRLS students transcript has consistently meet all necessary requirements to be eligible for the exam leading to national professional credentialing. 

What is Recreational Therapy?

Recreation Therapy and Therapeutic Recreation-

Recreation Therapy is the profession, Therapeutic Recreation is the discipline of study and Recreational therapist is the professional. Recreational Therapist use recreation and other activities as treatment interventions to improve the functional living competence of persons with mental, emotional, and/or social disabilities.

Recreational Therapist often work as members of treatment teams, using a wide variety of techniques, including

  • Adventure-based Therapy
  • Anger Management
  • Assertiveness Training
  • Aquatic Therapy
  • Cognitive Retraining
  • Community Reintegration
  • Leisure Education
  • Pain Management
  • Adaptive Sports
  • Physical Activity
  • Stress Management
  • Relaxation Therapy
  • T'ai Chi
  • Reki
  • Touch Art
  • Pain Management



Recreation Therapy

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  • Jones, Kathryn Cage, Ph.D, CTRS
  • Melson, Patricia, Ph.D
  • Adjunct Faculty: Mary Spikes, M.S. CTRS
  • Adjunct Faculty: Courtney Flemning, M.S., CTRS
Physical Address

J.K. Haynes

Building 170

Swan Street

Baton Rouge, LA 70813

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