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The Committee on Accreditation of Recreational Therapy Education (CARTE): The Future of Academic Accreditation for Recreational Therapy/Therapeutic Recreation Accreditation

Thomas K. Skalko

Abstract


The accreditation of recreational therapy education has been an ongoing challenge for the profession for decades. An understanding of programmatic accreditation for recreational therapy is provided. The need for an independent accreditation of recreational therapy education is supported by factors such as employment and curriculum classifications, credentialing processes, and the employment market for recreational therapists. A review of the evolution and status of the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs’ Committee on Accreditation of Recreational Therapy Education is presented. Questions and challenges to recreational therapy education are addressed.

Keywords


Recreational therapy; therapeutic recreation; accreditation; committee on accreditation of recreational therapy education; commission on accreditation of allied health education programs

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