Recreation therapy is offered at Rhode Island Hospital to all qualified patients on the adult and geriatric inpatient psychiatric units.
The program incorporates daily art therapy, group therapy led by a licensed clinical social worker, and recreational activities such as stretching, meditation and interactive games. On a weekly basis, pet therapy and guided meditation with the hospital chaplain are offered.
The Healing Arts program is a large part of recreation therapy. Art therapy is used to improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being of any patient willing to participate.
The creative process involved in artistic self-expression helps people to resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self-awareness, and to achieve insight into their experience.