Therapeutic Recreation

Therapeutic Recreation

Program Code
Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Program requirements

  • 12 Mandatory Courses
  • 1 Internship

Program Description

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.

Current Course Offerings
Course Title Course Code ONTARIOLEARN EQUIVALENTS Mandatory
Adapted Recreation in TR TREC1004   Mandatory
Assessment Processes TREC1002   Mandatory
Biological Sciences in TR TREC1014   Mandatory
Facilitative Techniques TREC1010   Mandatory
Foundations of TR TREC1003   Mandatory
Internship TREC1017   Mandatory
Issues and Trends TREC1008   Mandatory
Leisure Education TREC1007   Mandatory
Nature of Disabilities in TR TREC1015   Mandatory
Organizational Leadership: TR TREC1009   Mandatory
Research In TR TREC1011   Mandatory
RT with Selected Populations TREC1005   Mandatory
Therapeutic Relationships: RT TREC1012   Mandatory

Additional Info

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.