A Recreational Therapist’s Role in Meeting the Needs of Chronically Ill Children

*This course has been pre-approved by NCTRC for 5 clock hours.

Learners will gain an understanding of the psychosocial needs of chronically ill children, how to identify and implement recreational therapy goals and interventions while building and maintaining a therapeutic relationship. A case study and valuable resources will aid in learning. At the completion of this course, participants will need to pass an exam with a minimum score of 70%. Participants must complete the course within 365 days of starting the course to receive a completion certificate.

Course Objectives

  • Students will be able to identify the psychosocial needs and developmental challenges of children who may require multiple hospitalizations.

  • Students will be able to establish and maintain a therapeutic relationship with chronically ill children.

  • Students will be able to identify ways to demonstrate an understanding of how to implement RT with chronically ill children.

Carolyn Breinich, MA, CTRS/CCLS

Instructor Bio:

I earned my Bachelor Degree in Zoology from Ohio State University. While completing my degree I did an internship at the Dolphin Research Center, where I focused on animal assisted therapy utilizing Dolphins. I earned my Masters Degree in Recreational Therapy from The University of Toledo, so I could combine my love of animals with my desire to help people. I trained my dog, Velvet, to be a certified therapy dog. For ten years, we visited schools, nursing homes and hospitals. As a graduate student at The University of Toledo, I taught RT Intervention: Pet Assisted Therapy course. I became a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist in 2006, I became a Child-Life Specialist in 2009, and I worked in Long-Term Care, Adult and Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Adult and Adolescent Psych and with Individuals with Disabilities.

Carolyn Breinich, MA, CTRS/CCLS

SMART Instructor