Ontario College Graduate Certificate in 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.
This three-semester program prepares graduates for work in recreation, health or social service delivery settings. The program is offered in a combination of on-campus and online courses. During the first two semesters, you are required to be on campus two days of each week for the on-campus courses. The remainder of the courses are taken online. The program structure of combined class time and online learning provides you with the flexibility to participate in volunteer activities and to maintain family/work balance. This style of program delivery allows for practitioners currently working in the field to return to school and upgrade their skills without having to leave their job.
On the days you are on not on campus for courses, you’ll have the time to explore a variety of volunteer roles within the profession. This experience will enhance your learning and you will develop valuable industry connections and relationships for placements and possible future employment.
The third semester is a supervised field placement which can take place in the work setting and geographic location of your choice. Assistance to obtain the placement that best suits your goals will be provided.
You will learn specialized skills and how to utilize a wide range of interventions and techniques to improve the physical, cognitive, emotional, social and leisure needs of clients. You will learn 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. At the heart of the program is the idea that play, recreation and leisure activities benefit people of all ages and abilities.
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. Geriatrics continues to be an area of growth due to our aging population and recent changes to the Long-Term Care Homes Act.
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
There is also a need in this fast-growing sector for skilled graduates to work as private practitioners, providing services in the home and community settings.
This is a pathway program for any of Fleming College’s social and human services programs and the Recreation and Leisure Studies program. Graduates of similar programs at other post-secondary institutions are qualified to apply for Therapeutic Recreation.
Health and Non Academic 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.
Minimum Admission Requirements
Students applying to Therapeutic Recreation must meet the following requirements:
- Undergraduate degree or Ontario College diploma in a related field or equivalent
Applicants who do not meet the requirements listed above who possess a combination of education and relevant experience may be considered on an individual basis.