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NZ Society of Diversional & Recreational Therapists Inc


The goal of the NZSDRT Inc. is to provide quality service and education in all aspects of Diversional & Recreational Therapy D&RT. By providing activities that improve the lives of those in our care and promoting the highest standards of Diversional & Recreational Therapy DRT, through understanding, education, and the encouragement and cooperation of fellow Diversional & Recreational Therapists DRT.


As a professional organisation full registration is open to individuals currently employed in the field of Diversional & Recreational Therapy. This includes Diversional & Recreational Therapists, D&RT, Motivation Therapists, Activity Therapists, Activities or Recreation Officers and Occupational Therapy Aides.


All Diversional & Recreational Therapists DRT follow the Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics of the New Zealand Society of Diversional & Recreational Therapy NZSDRT, which is also a requirement of all tutors and assessors.

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Posted on: 15/09/2018


10th – 14th September, 2018


But what is a Diversional Therapist?


That’s the one million dollar question that we -Diversional Therapists- face on daily basis.


Diversional Therapists across New Zealand go above and beyond when supporting the people in their care, through unique and meaningful recreational programs.


We believe that every single person has a huge potential regardless of their age or ability and we do our very best to create joyful engagement for the people in our care.


A Diversional Therapist is the person who creates and facilitates greater opportunities for social interactions.

A Diversional Therapist is the soul of every workplace, is the person who keeps a smile against all odds.


A Diversional Therapist promotes inclusion, cohesion, and wellbeing and enriches people’s lives.

A Diversional Therapist is a very special kind of human, is a light in the darkness and the rainbow after the storm.

Diversional Therapists play one of the most important roles in today’s society. We are the storytellers, the healers, the lovers and the peacemakers.


We are the people changing the culture of care!

So next time, someone ask you; what is a Diversional Therapist? Stand tall and proud, smile at them and let them know how you are changing the world in which we live today.


With lots of love to all the amazing Diversional Therapists across New Zealand,
NZSDRT Inc. National Executive and Registration Boards.


To all NZSDRT Inc. members,

The Executive Board would like to know your ideas, suggestions, concerns or discontent so that we could improve our society.

We are also encouraging the members from all over the country to step up to support your own areas by representation and to help us understand the needs of those all across NZ.


Please feel free to send us a message on our Facebook page
Or you can send an email to: president@diversionaltherapy.net.nz

Hope to hear from you all soon. 




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