Recreational Therapy Department

Our certified recreational therapists use recreation-based approaches to improve patient well-being and behavioral outcomes. They use a wide range of evidence-based techniques based on the patient’s unique interests and needs.

Programs & Services at Sandy Pines Residential Treatment Center

SandyPine’s Recreational Therapists

Each member of the department is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS), a certification earned through the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC), the only industry recognized and premier credentialing organization for the profession of Therapeutic Recreation or a Board Certified Music Therapist through the American Music Therapy Association.

Each member is also a professional member of the American Therapeutic Recreation (ATRA) and practices Recreational Therapy using ATRA’s Standard of Practice and definition:

Recreational therapists are healthcare providers who plan, direct, deliver, and evaluate recreation-based interventions for individuals with illnesses and/or disabling conditions. They provide research-informed interventions that are based on client assessments and targeted client outcomes.

A recreational therapist utilizes a wide range of activity and community based interventions and techniques to improve the physical, cognitive, emotional, social, and leisure needs of their clients. Recreational therapists assist clients to develop skills, knowledge, and behaviors for daily living and community involvement. The therapist works with the client to incorporate specific interests and community resources into therapy to achieve optimal outcomes that transfer to their real life situation.

Recreational Therapy Techniques

Sandy Pines Recreational Therapy Department utilizes a wide range of evidence based facilitation techniques during interventions:

  • Adventure Therapy
  • Anger Management
  • Expressive Arts as Therapeutic Media
  • Leisure Education
  • Stress Management
  • Therapeutic Use of Animals
  • Therapeutic Use of Exercise
  • Therapeutic Use of Play
  • Therapeutic Use of Sports


Residents participate in yoga groups designed to provide relaxation and a sense of calm.

Martial Arts Fitness

Residents participate in a program designed to instill respect, discipline and focus.

Book Club

Residents choose appropriate book for reading and discussion. Each resident participating receives copy of book to keep.


Residents participate in planting and maintaining the Sandy Pines fruit, vegetable/herb and butterfly garden.

Cooking Club

Residents learn how to create a nutritious meal plan, shop within a budget and cook an entrée, and healthy sides.