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Code of Ethics

The Recreation Therapist:

  • is obligated to be competent in the service of defined Standards of Practice for Therapeutic Recreation.
  • is committed to the continuous task of learning and self-improvement, to increase individual effectiveness as a professional.
  • encourages the trust and confidence of the client and others through professional conduct and appearance.
  • encourages and participates in projects or research aimed at upgrading professional services, and communicates the results of these efforts.
  • acknowledges inherent human rights guaranteed by law and treats each client with dignity and respect.
  • recognizes the client has the right to accept or refuse any therapeutic recreation service recommended to him/her.
  • responds to requests for information and education. Requests are referred to appropriate sources when information is beyond the resources of the therapist or agency.
  • will conduct all programs with due regard to the safety of the client, other clients, colleagues, and himself/herself.
  • is obligated to preserve and protect the confidentiality of any information, either medical or personal, acquired through professional contact with the client, except where disclosure of such information is necessary to the service or treatment of the client, or is a legal requirement of the courts.
  • functions as a cooperative member of a treatment team for the delivery of effective health care.
  • serves as an advocate for Therapeutic Recreation by promoting the purpose, values, and ethics of the profession.