Our programs include an extensive recreational therapy program designed to help patients have successful experience through physical, cultural, and social accomplishments. While at Pine Ridge, students learn to use their community to experience appropriate ways to have fun and to spend free time. By using the community for services we are able to add an aspect of normalcy to the recreational therapy activities. Students build self-esteem as they try new activities such as snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, or indoor climbing.We also have a task course on site where students work together to learn problem solving, teamwork, communication skills and trust.

Our recreational program also includes service-based activities at least two times a month. During these times, students can be seen playing Bingo with the elderly or filling shelves at the food bank. Such experiences help students develop empathy for and an understanding of others.

Additionally, while participating in recreational activities, students work on appropriate social skills, communication skills, coping skills, and interpersonal skills as well as develop new talents. In our recreation program, patients participate in structured recreational therapy as well as outdoor adventures and cultural experiences.

Our proximity to many and varied sites of historical, recreational and ecological significance, as well as Utah Symphony, Ballet west, and many performing art theaters allow a broad and interesting therapeutic environment. The Recreational Therapy program at Pine Ridge is overseen by a state and nationally licensed recreational therapist.