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.
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 for diversional therapists includes work with the elderly, people with disabilities and children.
Diversional therapists need to be:
- caring and respectful
- good communicators
- able to motivate others
- able to work well in a team.
Diversional therapists need to have knowledge of:
- how to plan and run recreational therapy activities for groups and individuals
- art and craft techniques
- sporting and cultural activities
- first aid.
- do shift work, which can include evenings and weekends
- may work in rest homes, community centres, schools, youth centres or early childhood centres.
No specific secondary education is required for this job, but English, health education, music, dance and drama, physical education, and painting, sculpture, photography and printmaking are useful.
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
Years Of Training
There are no specific entry requirements to become a diversional therapist. However, to become a registered diversional therapist you need to complete a New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing – Social and Community Services (Level 4).
The Vulnerable Children Act 2014 means that if you have certain serious convictions, you can’t be employed in a role where you are responsible for, or work alone with, children.