What is Diversional and Recreation Therapy?
Diversional and Recreation Therapy is a client centred practice that recognises that leisure and recreational experiences are the right of all individuals.
Diversional and Recreation therapy practitioners work with people of all ages and abilities to design and facilitate leisure and recreation programmes. Activities are designed to support, challenge and enhance the psychological, spiritual, social, emotional and physical wellbeing of individuals.
The Diversional and Recreation Therapist provides opportunities for individuals to choose to participate in leisure and recreation activities which promote self-esteem and personal fulfilment. The Diversional and Recreation Therapist facilitates individual client choice, decision making and participation when developing and managing recreational programmes.
Purpose of Diversional & Recreation Therapy Australia
The following objectives are adapted from the Constitution of Diversional and Recreation Therapy Australia (2009):
- To consider all questions affecting the interests of DRTA and to promote or oppose legislative or other measures affecting matters concerned with Diversional and Recreation Therapy as they affect its members and their practice.
- To promote foster and advance the occupation and interests of Diversional & Recreation Therapy in Australia.
- To promote and support the development of Diversional & Recreation Therapy in Australia and internationally.
- To represent the interests of DRTA to health and community professionals in Australia.
- To establish recognised educational programmes.
- To communicate with associations, institutions or other bodies or individuals on matters of interest to DRTA members.
- To enhance the status of Diversional and Recreation Therapy throughout Australia.
- To promote the study of the theory and practice of Diversional and Recreation Therapy; to encourage research in Diversional and Recreation Therapy; to bring together Diversional and Recreation Therapists for their common benefit and for discussions and demonstrations; and to disseminate knowledge of the principles and practice of Diversional and Recreation Therapy
- To consider and advise on courses of study and technical training and to disseminate information designed to promote and ensure the fitness of potential DRTA members.
- To institute and provide conferences, workshops and other events pertinent to the practice of Diversional and Recreation Therapy for the benefit of DRTA members and to invite those who are not members of DRTA when appropriate
- To establish educational activities for Diversional and Recreation Therapy trainees.
- To establish or certify continuing professional development programs for Diversional and Recreation Therapists.
- To acquire, establish, print, publish, issue and circulate such journals magazines periodicals circulars calendars or other literary works as may seem conducive to the promotion of these objects or in any way beneficial to DRTA.
- To establish the classes of membership of DRTA and to admit to the respective classes persons who are eligible in accordance with DRTA regulations and to maintain a register of members of DRTA.
Key Aims of Diversional & Recreation Therapy Australia
- Promote, foster, advance and advocate for the practice of Diversional Therapy and DRTA members.
- Increase the professional body of knowledge and its dissemination.
- Work toward national education standards and competencies.
- Develop and foster cooperative national and international networks.
- Recognise excellence in continuing professional development
- Provide information regarding the implementation and outcomes of DRTA plans and projects
What Diversional and Recreation Therapists Do
Work with clients of all ages in a range of health, community and leisure settings.
Employment areas and the scope of practice are continually expanding.
Employment opportunities exist in many environments including:
Rehabilitation & hospital units
Day and Respite services
Aged Care Residential Facilities
Ethnic Specific Services
Palliative Care Units and Outreach Programmes
Mental Health Services
Roles in the Diversional and Recreation Therapy field are found within:
Aged care facilities
Outdoor recreation and camps
DRTA Mission Statement
Diversional & Recreation Therapy Australia is committed to promoting, fostering and advancing the development of the profession of Diversional and Recreation Therapy in Australia and internationally. Its mission is to ensure that the practice of Diversional and Recreation Therapy continues to be viable and relevant, contributing to the wellbeing of clients and the community, while encouraging education, professional and personal development in its members.
Diversional and Recreation Therapy practitioners provide, facilitate and coordinate leisure and recreational activities which are designed to support, challenge and enhance the psychological, spiritual, social, emotional and physical wellbeing of individuals who experience barriers to participation in leisure and recreational pursuits thus affecting their quality of life.