Recreation Therapy

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  • Program TitleRecreation Therapy
    Credential: Diploma
    Delivery: Online
    Program Length: 3 Semesters (1 year)
    Program Availability: Full-time or Part-time
    Offered: This program is available starting every Monday.

    Program Description


    Our Recreation Therapy program prepares you to work within recreation, health, or social service delivery systems serving individuals with illness or disabilities. You will acquire the skills to complete client assessments, develop and evaluate group and individualized programs, and use a variety of facilitative techniques to assist individuals to participate in meaningful recreational activities that will enhance health, improve functional ability, and increase quality of life.

    The program is based on a firm belief of the inherent benefits of play, recreation and leisure to all individuals. You will learn to adapt recreation activities so individuals with a variety of disabling conditions can participate and to use recreation as a therapeutic tool to improve/restore health and wellness.

    Students have fifty-two (52) weeks to complete their program requirements, starting from the date of their first course.

    Learning Outcomes


    The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

    1. Assess individual strengths, needs, challenges and interests of people experiencing barriers to healthy leisure, to assist them in meeting their leisure goals.
    2. Collect, record, and report comprehensive client information accurately, in verbal, written and electronic formats in accordance with current ministry guidelines and professional standards.
    3. Develop, implement and evaluate individual and group recreation therapy programs which respond to identified needs, align with assessment results, and adhere to current best practices.
    4. Design leisure education programs and services for clients, families and other health care professionals to promote the personal, social, economic, and health related benefits of recreation therapy services.
    5. Research and analyze recreation therapy theories and practices to enhance professional efficacy and contribute to the development of the profession.
    6. Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with clients, inter-professional teams and community service providers in the development and delivery of safe and effective recreation therapy services.
    7. Assist in the development of administrative, financial, and human resource strategies that enhance the delivery of recreation therapy services.
    8. Implement strategies and plans for ongoing personal and professional growth and development within the current and future therapeutic recreation environment.

    Your Career


    Graduates of the program should find employment in health or human service organizations such as:

    • Acute, chronic care and other specialized hospitals
    • First Nation, Provincial agencies/facilities for individuals with psychiatric or developmental disabilities
    • Rehabilitation programs
    • Children’s treatment centres
    • Municipal recreation departments
    • Long term care facilities/Adult day programs
    • Correctional programs and facilities
    • Community/private agencies serving people with illness disability

  • Admission Requirements


    College Eligibility

    • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent; OR
    • Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate; OR
    • General Educational Development (GED); OR
    • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without a high school diploma at the start of the program).

    Call the Admissions Office at 1 (800) 267-2577 for more details. Academic prerequisites for this program may be obtained free of charge through Academic Upgrading.

    Application Process
    Program intake – Apply to this program by visiting our Registration page. If you are entering into this program as a mature student please attach your resume when submitting your registration information online.

    Note: Employers may require current Emergency First Aid and CPR courses and a criminal reference check. Prior to commencing placement students may be required to provide a record of immunization and a tuberculosis test. All associated costs are the responsibility of the student.

  • Courses


    Semester 1 
    Basic Study Skills
    Anatomy and Physiology
    Conflict Resolution
    Communication Strategies
    Writing Reports and Proposals
    Research in Therapeutic Recreation

    Semester 2
    Foundations of Recreational Therapy
    Leisure Ability Model
    Therapeutic Recreation Services
    Therapeutic Recreation Accountability Model
    Comprehensive Program Design
    Activity Analysis

    Semester 3 
    Activity Selection and Implementation
    Recreation Technology
    Client Assessment
    Client Documentation
    Program and Client Evaluation
    Recreation For Diverse Populations
    Therapeutic Recreation Facilitation Techniques

    Every attempt is made to ensure the accuracy of information provided on our website. The College reserves the right to modify any course, program, curriculum, fee, timetable, or campus location at any time.

    Register for this course.

  • Course Descriptions


    Semester 1 
    Basic Study Skills
    This course will enable students to assess their current study skills and plan for improvement. Students will practice time-management techniques for successful studying. Students will learn to develop powerful reading skills and practice memory techniques to enhance ability to learn and improve test performance. This course will also help students to develop specific study skills for mathematics and related subjects and implement an action plan to improve them.

    Anatomy and Physiology
    In this course we will introduce you to the structure of the human body and the physiological functions of the human body. Students will examine the structure and function of cell and tissues. Students will also examine the structure and function of the body systems.

    Conflict Resolution
    In this course students will learn how to recognize how their own attitudes and actions impact others, effective techniques for dealing with difficult people, strategies for dealing with anger, and how to cope with the difficult people and situations that we will inevitably encounter in our everyday lives.

    Communication Strategies
    This course will enable students to identify common communication problems and develop skills to ask questions. Students will learn what their non-verbal messages are saying and develop skills in listening actively and empathetically to others. Upon completion of this course students should have an enhanced ability to handle difficult situations and communicate assertively.

    Writing Reports and Proposals
    In this course students will learn four stages of report writing, and nine tips for effective writing that will help them create materials that are engaging, understandable, and most important, get read. In addition, students will learn about using persuasive language to write effective proposals.

    Research in Therapeutic Recreation
    This course will examine concepts related to: conducting research in recreation therapy, quantitative and qualitative research methods, and the analysis, interpretation and presentation of data. Application of these concepts will be demonstrated through an applied research project with a community partner. Students will develop the skills to systematically conduct research in their professional careers.

    Semester 2
    Foundations of Recreational Therapy
    In this course students will discuss pertinent concepts and understandings about leisure, health, wellness, and quality of life as these concepts relate to the provision of therapeutic recreation services for individuals with disabilities and/or illnesses.

    Leisure Ability Model
    This course provides greater description of the Leisure Ability Model, it components and their implications for clients, therapeutic recreation specialists, and services. Students will discuss the rationale for therapeutic recreation services, typical clients of therapeutic recreation services and service settings.

    Therapeutic Recreation Services
    Programming is the main focus of therapeutic recreation. The design and delivery of services is the reason for the professions’ existence. This course will discuss accountability of therapeutic recreation services and definitions and qualities of client outcomes. Students will review terminology regarding specific programs, interventions, and treatment and explores practices of evidence- and theory-based approaches to programming.

    Therapeutic Recreation Accountability Model
    This course introduces the tasks that therapeutic recreation specialists use in developing, delivering, and evaluating intervention programs. Basic relationships between program design, client assessment, client documentation, and program evaluation are presented.

    Comprehensive Program Design
    This course will enable students to understand and apply the methods used in systematic program design and development in accordance with professional external standards in Ontario. Students will learn to design, implement and evaluate leisure education programs and services for clients, families and other health care professionals. The course will describe procedures for systematically planning and documenting specific intervention programs and outlines the process for writing program goals and objectives.

    Activity Analysis
    This course will provide an overview of task analysis and provide tools that enable more systematic decision-making regarding the breakdown, selection, and modification of activities chosen to help clients achieve the targeted outcomes.

    Semester 3 
    Activity Selection and Implementation
    This course will examine a selection of activities for intervention purposes. The course addresses three categories of factors that influence activity selection. Students will review two models of activity selection within programs, and discuss different perspectives of activity selection.

    Recreation Technology
    Students will explore relevant administrative technology used in recreation settings today including presentation and communication software, financial planning applications and registration tracking systems common to business management practices.

    Client Assessment
    This course examines client assessment and the processes used to gather baseline client information. Cultural competence and the use of electronic health records are discussed. Information is also provided on validity, reliability, fairness, and practicality and usability. Various methods of client assessment data collection are presented. Issues surrounding client assessment and activity inventories are explored.

    Client Documentation
    This course examines aspects of client documentation, including treatment plans, progress notes, and discharge referral summaries. Methods for client documentation are covered.

    Program and Client Evaluation
    This course will enable students to design appropriate and meaningful evaluations in order to get usable information and feedback. Client evaluation, specific program, and comprehensive program evaluation using a variety of methods and techniques will be discussed.

    Recreation For Diverse Populations
    This course will enabe students to apply diversity education concepts to personal diversity stories and towards the diversity of others. The course will identify Canadian laws that guide and support diversity inclusion. Students will explore current trends and practices used to support and include diverse populations in community recreation services and health care settings.

    Therapeutic Recreation Facilitation Techniques
    This course examines a number of facilitation techniques as they relate to the delivery of therapeutic recreation services. Students will develop a fundamental understanding of the rationale, benefits, delivery, and resources associated with a wide variety of techniques that may be utilized across a number of employment settings.

  • Fees & Expenses


    Tuition fees listed are in effect for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Application Fee: $100.00
    • Textbooks: $975.00
    • Postal Fee: $49.00
    • Tuition Fee: $3,825.00

    Total Tuition & Fees: $4,949.00