Therapeutic Recreation Curriculum

Accepting Applications for September 2018

Credential: Ontario College Graduate Certificate ( 3 semesters )
Classes begin:
September 04, 2018
Offered at:
Sutherland Campus
Program code:
THR
Tuition & Ancillary Fees:
Domestic:
$3,002.13 per semester*
International:
$8,996.39 per semester*
* Tuition and fees subject to change.

Courses and Descriptions

Semester 1

SCIE 155
Units/ Hours: 45

This course provides the student with the knowledge required to participate effectively as a member of the multidisciplinary team. Students will gain a basic understanding of the human form, function, biomechanics and lifespan development. Students will be introduced to basic medical terminology and develop an appreciation of the expertise and roles played by various multidisciplinary team members.

RECR 132
Units/ Hours: 45

This course provides the student with knowledge of the foundations of therapeutic recreation. Topics will include the theories of play, recreation and leisure, society's attitudes toward individuals with disabilities, the history of the profession, and therapeutic recreation definitions and service models. The student will be challenged to develop a personal philosophy of therapeutic recreation practice.

RECR 129
Units/ Hours: 45

This course will focus on the concepts of inclusion and adaptation as keys to the success of clients in terms of independent leisure functioning. Using the Therapeutic Recreation Process, this course will also provide students with knowledge that will enable them to adapt recreation to make it accessible for each individual client.

RECR 130
Units/ Hours: 45

This course will provide the student with knowledge and skills relating to the exploration of leadership and management functions of the Therapeutic Recreation professional. Topics including leadership, supervision, motivation, communication, empowerment and team development will be explored from the perspective of working with clients, staff, volunteers and other team members.

RECR 127
Units/ Hours: 45

This course introduces the causes, characteristics and implications of a variety of physical and cognitive impairments. The student will then explore the role of therapeutic recreation in working with these individuals.

RECR 128
Units/ Hours: 45

This course explores the Therapeutic Recreation Process and provides the student with the opportunity to design and develop client-centered programs and intervention plans. Students will learn the principles of program design including goal and objective development and activity analysis. The Therapeutic Recreation Accountability Model will be utilized to help explore the accountability that exists for the Therapeutic Recreation Professional in developing and delivering goal driven interventions.

RECR 131
Units/ Hours: 45

This course will provide the students with the knowledge and skills to examine the role of Therapeutic Recreation as it relates to aging. Topics such as healthy aging, retirement, role change, dementia and aging specific Therapeutic Recreation interventions will be addressed.

Semester 2

RECR 133
Units/ Hours: 45

This course provides the student with the necessary knowledge and skills to design and conduct individualized assessments for diverse client groups. This course introduces the student to the tools and processes necessary to determine a client's interests, skills, needs, thoughts, and feelings related to their leisure life. Students will learn to use the information gathered to develop an individualized intervention plan as well as perform accurate documentation throughout the delivery of therapeutic recreation.

RECR 139
Units/ Hours: 45

This course will provide students with knowledge and skill related to a number of facilitative techniques within the physical, cognitive, emotional, spiritual, and social domains. The student will learn to apply a variety of approaches as part of an individualized treatment plan.

RECR 136
Units/ Hours: 45

This course provides students with insight into a variety of issues and trends presently impacting the rapidly evolving field of therapeutic recreation. The students will explore topics such as the professionalization of the field, community development, accessibility, legislation, advocacy, insurance and liability and other current professional issues.

RECR 134
Units/ Hours: 45

This course will provide students with the skills and knowledge required to provide leisure education. Students will explore leisure education models, philosophy and facilitation techniques to discover how leisure education can be used as a tool to maximize independent leisure functioning.

RECR 138
Units/ Hours: 45

This course will provide students with the opportunity to make preparations for placement and for the workforce upon graduation. Topics include job search skills, resume writing, interview skills, professional portfolio development and general occupational procedures.

RECR 137
Units/ Hours: 45

This course will provide students the skills and knowledge required to conduct common research methods in therapeutic recreation, and to analyze, interpret, and present data. This knowledge will enable students to engage in evidence-based, self-reflective practice and conduct basic research and perform program evaluations. Additionally, this course will enhance the student's ability to interpret and apply information obtained through evaluations, in professional journals and elsewhere and convey findings to appropriate groups.

RECR 135
Units/ Hours: 45

This course introduces the causes, characteristics and implications of a variety of impairments related primarily to mental illness and addictions. The student will then explore the role of therapeutic recreation in working with these individuals.

Semester 3

FLPL 195
Units/ Hours: 560

This course will provide students the opportunity to complete a 14 week 40 hours/week therapeutic recreation field placement at an approved agency, in order to apply all knowledge gained throughout the first two semesters. The student will work with an onsite mentor, where the student will gain valuable hands-on experience, and confidence to eventually be providing therapeutic recreation service independently.

Pre-Requisites