Diversional and Recreational Therapists have contacts with a wide range of the community, including those with physical disabilities, both healthy and frail elderly, people with developmental disabilities, people with mental illness, children and youths.

In New Zealand, employment titles include, Diversional Therapists, Recreational Therapists, Motivation Therapists, Activity Co-ordinators, Occupational Therapy Aides, all come under the umbrella of the “New Zealand Society of Diversional Recreational Therapists Inc.”

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-Betty Friedan (1921-2006)

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Standards of Practice of NZSDRT

Diversional Therapists are accountable for their personal standard of practise with clients in a supportive environment.

What is DT education?

Education is fundamental to the Diversional Therapist, its education and experience that makes for the proficient therapist practitioner.

Why register?

As members become registered, there has been a greater recognition of our professionalism and competency in the workplace.

Code of Ethics NZSDRT

The individual Diversional Therapist is expected to achieve the highest standards of conduct and ideals of service in this caring profession, by observing the principles of the ethical code of the profession.


Our History
The society has a long and successful history. Starting in the late 1980’s progressing from small local meetings of individuals from various rest homes and institutions, becoming a professional body actively involved in the education and development of the Diversional Therapy within New Zealand.

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