Recreation Therapy Internship

The baccalaureate internship at Northpoint School, a service delivery network of the Child and Family Guidance Center, provides in-depth training in Recreation Therapy, approved by the California Board of Recreation and Park Certification and the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification.

Northpoint School

A non-public school setting that provides a combined, highly intensive, clinical and educational program for 72 students, ages six to eighteen. These students have been diagnosed with severe emotional and behavioral problems whose needs cannot be met in public school. The school is open for eleven months and the students attend from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., 5 days a week. The students are provided with a structured environment involving classroom instruction and therapeutic activities utilizing positive reinforcement. The objective is a supportive approach to promote social, emotional and academic growth and behavioral change. The services provided by a multi-disciplinary team uses a multi-modality approach of academics, individual, group and family psychotherapy, speech and language therapy, recreation therapy and art therapy.

Recreation Therapy Internship

The program trains potential recreation therapists in a baccalaureate level of practica to complete degree requirements and be eligible to sit for both California’s and the National certification exams. The program is approved by the California Board of Recreation and Parks Certification as a training facility. The supervising recreation therapist is recognized by National Council of Therapeutic Recreation Certification to train interns from accredited university/college programs.

The internship is 600 hours in duration meeting eligibility requirements to sit for the Recreation Therapy Certification exam for the state of California. Applicants from outside California will be expected to perform the 600 hours/15 weeks. The hours beyond the 480 hours required by NCTRC will enable the applicant to enhance his/her abilities in a more diverse application of knowledge as a future practitioner. The hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The calendar year follows a public school schedule September – August. There are days the school is closed for holidays, but each semester allows the student to work 480 hours before extended breaks. After 480 hours the program was given exemption by CBRPC of its 600 hours being consecutively, allowing for winter break, spring break and summer break. Examples of internships offered per year.

September – January
January – April
May – September

The application process begins at least one semester before internship for local applicants and at least two semesters for applicants that would require housing. There are stipends offered at this time.

Internship Requirements (PDF link)

Intern Volunteer Program(PDF link)

Application Process (PDF link)

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