Diversional Therapist Kaihaumanu Rēhia

Diversional therapists plan and run recreation programmes that enhance the emotional, social and physical wellbeing of individuals.

Diversional therapists can choose to register with the New Zealand Society of Diversional Recreational Therapists.

Diversional therapists may do some or all of the following:

  • plan recreational programmes and events
  • encourage participation and enjoyment in activities and events
  • assess and document participants' progress
  • discuss participants' progress with medical and other professionals, and families.

Physical Requirements

Diversional therapists need to have a good level of fitness and must be reasonably strong, as they may need to help carry or move people.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for diversional therapists includes work with the elderly, people with disabilities and children.

Personal Qualities

Diversional therapists need to be:

  • patient
  • enthusiastic
  • caring and respectful
  • good communicators
  • practical
  • able to motivate others
  • able to work well in a team.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for diversional therapists includes work with the elderly, people with disabilities and children.

Diversional Therapists can earn around $20-$26 per hour per year.

Diversional therapists may progress to managerial roles, including leading recreation teams at rest homes and hospitals.

With further training, they may become occupational therapists.

Diversional therapists may specialise in:

  • art therapy
  • music therapy
  • play.
Diversional Therapist

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