Therapeutic Recreation in Korea


  • Heewon Yang California State University - Long Beach
  • Chungsup Lee California State University - Long Beach



Korea, Korean Therapeutic Recreation Association, therapeutic recreation


From 1993–2008, the field of TR in Korea grew rapidly both in quality and the quantity of education and training programs. However, since 2008, the field of therapeutic recreation in Korea appears to be gradually declining. The decline appears to be related to the premature administration of a certification system before the establishment of proper academic and educational systems. Producing certified, but not qualified TR specialists in today’s competitive health care market may have made both the general public and medical professionals in Korea question the validity of the profession. One of the needed but challenging tasks for TR professionals in Korea is the development of appropriate academic education and training systems at a college and university level that would produce qualified TR professionals.

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Author Biographies

Heewon Yang, California State University - Long Beach

Professor & Granduate Program Director

Recreation and Leisure Studies

Chungsup Lee, California State University - Long Beach

Assistant Professor

Recreation Therapy 

Recreation and Leisure Studies





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