Therapeutic Recreation

Therapeutic Recreation professionals use a variety of techniques to help their clients enjoy greater independence, improve their health and well-being, and reduce or eliminate the effects of their illness or disability.


Fall 2017
Program Status: Accepting Applications
Program Code: THR
Location: Peterborough
Coordinator: Alex Smith Email
Credential: Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Start Dates: September 05, 2017
Tuition and Ancillary Fees (Domestic): $2,916.89 per semester*
Tuition and Ancillary Fees (International): $8,470.85 per semester*
* Tuition and fees subject to change.

Program Highlights

Therapeutic Recreation is a three-semester post graduate certificate program that prepares graduates for work in recreation, health or social service delivery systems.

You will learn to utilize a wide range of interventions and techniques to improve the physical, cognitive, emotional, social and leisure needs of clients. You will acquire the specialized skills to:

  • Complete client assessments, working closely with patients/clients/residents and their family members
  • Develop and evaluate group and individualized programs
  • Use a variety of facilitative techniques, such as arts and crafts, animals, sports, games, dance and movement, drama, and music to assist individuals to participate in meaningful recreational activities
  • Help people with disabilities to integrate into the community by teaching them how to use community resources and recreational activities, to foster independence, successful community living and integration.

This program is built on strong community links with partners that provide health and wellness services and aligns with current regulating professional standards and competencies. The foundation of the program is the core belief in the inherent benefits of play, recreation and leisure to all people. Some courses within this program are offered online, enabling more flexible learning.

Work Experience

The final semester consists of a supervised, full field placement that can take place outside the Peterborough area. Students participate in an Integrative Seminar to reflect on their learning during field placement.


Career Opportunities

Therapeutic Recreation professionals may work with a variety of individuals requiring health services, including geriatric, mental health, addictions, general medicine, physical medicine and rehabilitation, developmental disabilities and pediatric clients. Long-term care and retirement living residences are the largest industry employing recreational therapists and opportunities are expected to grow with an aging population.

Opportunities include work in:

  • Health care agencies and hospitals
  • Residential facilities
  • Community mental health centres
  • Adult day Care programs
  • Substance abuse centres
  • Hospice care
  • Community Centres
  • Schools

This is a fast-growing sector with an increasing need  for skilled graduates to work  as private practitioners, providing services in the home and community.

Admission Requirements

  • Ontario College Diploma or university degree in a related field, or the equivalent

Health and Non Academic Requirements

  • Immunization Requirements: Your program has mandatory immunization requirements that include a "pre-entry" deadline date for submission. For more information, and to print a copy of the immunization form, please see the Immunization Information page.
  • Non Academic Requirements: Your program has mandatory requirements which may include a criminal reference check, first aid, CPR-C, etc. For more information, please see the Non Academic Requirements page

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