Gain the skills to help clients enjoy greater independence, improve their health and well-being, and reduce or eliminate the effects of their illness or disability. At the heart of the program is the idea that play, recreation and leisure activities benefit people of all ages and abilities.
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Prepare for rewarding work as a Recreational Therapist in recreation, health or social service delivery settings. This program is offered in a combination of on-campus and online courses. Online courses will be scheduled on Mondays and Tuesdays during the first two semesters. In addition, there will also be a series of full-day workshops scheduled on campus during the first two semesters. This will require you to travel to campus twice per semester for one- or two-day sessions.
On the days you are on not attending your online 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 a wide range of interventions and techniques to improve the physical, cognitive, emotional, social and leisure needs of clients. You will learn to:
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:
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.
Your program has mandatory requirements which include a criminal record check with vulnerable sector screening. For more information on the complete requirements please see the Non Academic Requirements page.
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|Field Placement expenses||Semester 3 Travel and or parking costs - varies depending on placement location|
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|NARS Cost||Police Check $50, TB test $50, Mask Fit $50|
Students applying to Therapeutic Recreation must meet the following requirements:
This program gave me a greater insight into the holistic approach to leisure and health. The college was very supportive at every step. From the Admissions process to the credit transfer process and the assignments, there were so many people who helped me.Yaminini Phulpagar