Music As A Recreation Therapy Intervention

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

Learners will gain an understanding of the physical, mental, emotional and social benefits of music, specific RT methods for incorporating music into your programs, and resources for providing personalized music programs at your facilities. 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 8 physical and psychological effects music has on the brain and body.

  • Students will be able to identify 4 benefits of drum circles and drumming.

  • Students will be able to identify 2 goals and 2 musical interventions associated with each of the RT domains.

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