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Restore health and well-being with a career as a recreational therapist

Therapeutic Recreation Ontario College Graduate Certificate program

Use your skills to help improve/restore health and wellness. Small class settings, knowledgeable, friendly faculty and hands-on learning.

Program code TREC
Duration 1 Year
Credential Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Delivery Full-time +
Part-time

Program information

Program description

Students learn to provide client centered, strength-based therapeutic recreation services using the therapeutic recreation process. Students acquire the skills to complete client assessments and to develop, implement and evaluate group and individual therapeutic recreation programs. A variety of facilitative techniques are explored in order to assist individuals to participate in meaningful recreation and leisure experiences that will achieve health related goals, improve functional ability, and increase quality of life. 

Graduates of this program are eligible to become registered members of Therapeutic Recreation Ontario (R/TRO). Membership type will depend on the postsecondary credentials they hold:

  • R/TRO for graduates with degrees
  • R/TRO DIP for graduates with diplomas

Graduates may also apply to become a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) using one of two specific pathways (equivalency path A or B).

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2021 Orillia

Tuition and fees

Work-integrated learning

This program includes an internship component. During your final semester, you will take part in a supervised, structured work opportunity and apply your academic knowledge in a setting directly related to your program.

What are the admission requirements for the Therapeutic Recreation program?

Therapeutic Recreation admission requirements

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

Selection Process

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

Admission details

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.

What career paths can I take as a recreational therapist?

Your Therapeutic Recreation graduate certificate gives you many career opportunities

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

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

Flex MORE. Study Therapeutic Recreation part-time

Benefits of studying part-time:

What courses are included in the Therapeutic Recreation graduate certificate program?

Course overview

12 Program Courses
1 Internship

Program-specific courses

Semester 1 courses are listed below. For a full list of courses in the program including course descriptions, view the Therapeutic Recreation program outline.

  • TREC 1002 – Assessment Processes of Therapeutic Recreation
  • TREC 1003 – Foundations of Therapeutic Recreation
  • TREC 1004 – Adapted Recreation for Therapeutic Recreation
  • TREC 1005 – Recreation Therapy with Selected Populations
  • TREC 1012 – Therapeutic Relationships in Recreation Therapy
  • TREC 1014 – Biological Sciences in Therapeutic Recreation

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