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Therapeutic Recreation

Therapeutic Recreation Ontario College Graduate Certificate

What is Therapeutic Recreation?

The Therapeutic Recreation 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.

Prefer to study Therapeutic Recreation on a part time basis?  We are pleased to offer this Post Graduate Certificate in a part time, online and blended format. 

Program Outline 2016-2017

Major:
TREC
Length:
1 Year
Effective Dates:
2016-2017
Delivery:
3 Semesters
Credential:
Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Location:
Orillia
Start:

Fall - Orillia

Contact:
Alison Wideman
Email:
Alison.Wideman@GeorgianCollege.ca
Phone:
705-728-1968 ext. 3352

The Therapeutic Recreation 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.

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • practise Therapeutic Recreation according to current professional standards


  • develop effective recreation and treatment programs for individuals and groups in a variety of leisure, human service and health care settings


  • use effective program development and leadership skills to facilitate leisure experiences that enhance quality of life


  • use a variety of facilitative techniques to promote change, growth, and health/wellness in clients


  • utilize professional behaviour and work effectively as a member of a team


  • employ environmentally sustainable practices within the profession


  • apply basic entrepreneurial strategies to realize social, environmental and/or financial rewards.
Fall Intake - Orillia

Sem 1 | Sem 2 | Sem 3

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Fall | Winter | Summer

2016 | 2017 | 2017

- Post-secondary diploma or degree, with a specialty in health or human services.

Applicants must meet ONE of the following requirements to be eligible for admission to this program:

- Post-secondary diploma or degree, with a specialty in health or human services.

12 Mandatory Courses

1 Internship

Applicants will be asked to submit a current resumé. Academic and experiential learning of all applicants will be assessed.

To graduate from this program, a student must attain a minimum of 60% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester. The passing weighted average for promotion through each semester and to graduate is 60%.

Mandatory Courses

TREC1002 Assessment Processes of Therapeutic Recreation
TREC1003 Foundations of Therapeutic Recreation
TREC1004 Adapted Recreation for Therapeutic Recreation
TREC1005 Recreation Therapy with Selected Populations
TREC1007 Leisure Education
TREC1008 Issues and Trends in Therapeutic Recreation
TREC1009 Organizational Leadership: Therapeutic Recreation
TREC1010 Facilitative Techniques in Therapeutic Recreation
TREC1011 Research in Therapeutic Recreation
TREC1012 Therapeutic Relationships in Recreation Therapy
TREC1014 Biological Sciences in Therapeutic Recreation
TREC1015 Nature of Disabilities in Therapeutic Recreation
Internship
TREC1017 Internship

According to Therapeutic Recreation Ontario, the registration designation (R/TRO) is currently a voluntary credential intended to recognize a level of excellence. It is anticipated that the Government of Ontario will move towards regulation of the profession, however, that is not expected to occur for a number of years. When regulation does occur, the R/TRO designation may represent the minimum criteria necessary. For the present, even though it is not provincially mandated, some employers do require R/TRO designation for hiring; however, many employers do not.

A group of five female students hold a puppy and the letters SWD, for Second Wind Dreams.

Therapeutic Rec students make dreams come true for seniors

Students in Georgian’s Therapeutic Recreation program and staff at Leacock Care Centre in Orillia have been busy granting wishes for seniors in the Second Wind Dreams experience. One senior couple was recently treated to two days of holiday shopping, a night out at the movies and dinner with family – which they otherwise couldn’t afford. The two didn’t know that while visiting them each week during the fall semester, students had been playing detective to find out what their dreams were. Read more...

A young woman athlete in a wheelchair

Darda Sales

Three-time Paralympian, motivational speaker, pursuing a master's degree

Program:

Therapeutic Recreation


Darda is an accomplished athlete and three-time Paralympian. She’s a gold medallist and world record-holder who moonlights as a motivational speaker delivering presentations on what it’s like to overcome obstacles. She is currently completing a master’s degree in health promotion and health education. Read more...

Georgian College faculty member Alison Wideman, wearing a pink sweater, smiles at the camera.

Alison Wideman

After graduating from the Georgian College Therapeutic Recreation program in 2004, Alison enjoyed an eight-year career working as a TR at Waypoint Centre for Mental Health. During this time, she was able to expand her knowledge of therapeutic recreation practices, and use therapeutic programming to help enrich the lives of people living with severe mental illness. Read more...

A group of five female students hold a puppy and the letters SWD, for Second Wind Dreams.

Therapeutic Rec students make dreams come true for seniors

Students in Georgian’s Therapeutic Recreation program and staff at Leacock Care Centre in Orillia have been busy granting wishes for seniors in the Second Wind Dreams experience. One senior couple was recently treated to two days of holiday shopping, a night out at the movies and dinner with family – which they otherwise couldn’t afford. The two didn’t know that while visiting them each week during the fall semester, students had been playing detective to find out what their dreams were. Read more...

A young woman athlete in a wheelchair

Darda Sales

Three-time Paralympian, motivational speaker, pursuing a master's degree

Program:

Therapeutic Recreation


Darda is an accomplished athlete and three-time Paralympian. She’s a gold medallist and world record-holder who moonlights as a motivational speaker delivering presentations on what it’s like to overcome obstacles. She is currently completing a master’s degree in health promotion and health education. Read more...

Alumna Alyssa McGuire

Alyssa McGuire

Recreation Therapist, Specialty Care

Program:

Therapeutic Recreation


After graduation, I didn’t have the expertise or qualifications to achieve the career of my dreams. The Therapeutic Recreation program at Georgian College was exactly what I needed to gain the specific techniques required in my field. Read more...

Alumnus Rich Vander Wal in full cycling gear, speeding by in a unique three wheel cycle

Rich Vander Wal

Co-Founder Neurocore Physiotherapy

Program:

Therapeutic Recreation


A traumatic spinal cord injury in 1992 forced Rich Vander Wal to re-evaluate his personal values. After graduating from Georgian’s Therapeutic Recreation program and working in the field for five years, he decided to start his own rehab centre. Read more...

For inquiries please contact the appropriate person below.

Contact:
Alison Wideman
Phone:
705-728-1968 ext. 3352

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