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A Study of Ethics Education Within Therapeutic Recreation Curriculum

Nancy Nisbett, Sharon Brown-Welty, Cathy O'Keefe


Professional ethics are used to guide practice and promote integrity. While ethical codes have been developed for therapeutic recreation, questions regarding how ethics education is obtained and what is included have not been answered. This study was designed to begin the exploration into the current status of ethics education within therapeutic recreation. All entry-level undergraduate and graduate therapeutic recreation training programs in one state were surveyed. Responses were examined for differences in content and delivery. Programs appeared to be consistent in regards to ethics education, integrating similar content throughout their curriculums and using a variety of instructional methods. The content identified was consistent with the identified goals for ethics education within allied health literature.


Ethics Education, Professional Ethics, Curriculum, Therapeutic Recreation

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