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Therapeutic Recreation

Available at: Kingston


The Therapeutic Recreation program prepares students with specialized training to work within recreation, health or social service delivery systems serving individuals of all abilities.  Graduates 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 built on the core belief of the inherent benefits of play, recreation and leisure to all people. Students will learn to adapt recreation activities so people of all abilities can participate and to use recreation as a therapeutic tool to improve and/or restore health and wellness.

Our program includes face-to-face classes, hybrid classes (ie  face-to-face learning integrated with online learning) and fully online courses to provide maximum flexibility for students who may be working in the field and wanting to upgrade their credentials.

Recognizing the increasing opportunities for private practice, a unique feature of our program is a course in Small Business Development to provide students with the skills in the areas of financial literacy, private practice documentation requirements, relevant business regulations, business planning, etc.

This programs begins Fall 2017.


Graduates of the Therapeutic Recreation program may find employment working with individuals of all ages in health, recreation or human service organizations. Specifically, graduates may find work in long term care facilities, adult day programs, hospices, hospitals and health care agencies, rehabilitation centres, residential facilities, mental health agencies, addiction services and community agencies, schools, etc.

Long-term care and retirement living residences are the largest industry employing recreational therapists. Opportunities are expected to grow due to an aging population and changes to the Long-Term Care Homes Act. It is now a requirement for a designated lead of recreational and social activities programs to have a post-secondary diploma or degree in therapeutic recreation or other related field.


Program Name

Therapeutic Recreation

Program Code



Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Start Dates


Program Duration

1 Year continuous (3 semesters)

Location (Campus)


Canadian Fees

Tuition Fees are $6,310.35. Compulsory fees $1,252.15. All fees are subject to change for 2018-19. This program launches Fall 2017.

International Fees

Tuition fees are $22,605.00. Compulsory fees are $1,786.15. All fees are subject to change for 2018-19. This program launches Fall 2017.

Additional Costs

Scholarships and Bursaries

St. Lawrence College offers an extensive Student Scholarship and Bursary Program.  Scholarships and bursaries for this purpose are sponsored by external organizations and private individuals.  These awards recognize our academic excellence, community involvement, contribution to the quality of College life, outstanding achievement and professional potential.  For more details visit Bursaries and Scholarships.

Program Outline 2018-19

Semester 1
TREC 1 Therapeutic Recreation & Selected Populations 1
TREC 2 Foundations of Therapeutic Recreation
TREC 3 Therapeutic Recreation Process
TREC 4 Inclusive and Adapted Recreation
TREC 5 Leadership in Therapeutic Recreation
TREC 6 Anatomy and Physiology

Semester 2
TREC 7 Assessment and Documentation in TR
TREC 8 Leisure and Education
TREC 9 Therapeutic Recreation & Selected Populations II
TREC 10 Issues and Trends in TR
TREC 11 Research and Evaluation in TR
TREC 12 Facilitation Techniques in Therapeutic Recreation
TREC 13 TR Small Business Development

Semester 3
TREC 14 Therapeutic Recreation Internship

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have a minimum of a two-year post-secondary diploma or degree, with a specialty in health, or community and social services.


Health Requirements


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Note:  Full-time students coverage for vaccines received on or after September 1, can be claimed under the Student Sickness & Accident Insurance Plan.

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities

Formal and informal pathways offer SLC graduates the chance to continue their studies with post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world. Those that follow are specific to this program:

    For details on Credit Transfer within Ontario please visit:


    I am proud to say that I am a graduate of the Behavioural Psychology (BPYSC) program at St. Lawrence College.  The program provided me with abundance of positive skills and knowledge that I use every day in both my career and personal life. I had nothing but positive learning experiences while completing the program. The teachers were caring and took the time to get to know each student’s strengths and needs which I believe contributed to my success in the program. Upon graduating I was able to obtain employment immediate within Autism Services and have had many positive experiences working in the field.  I have gained experience delivering ABA services within individual and group settings, as well as, supervising a team of ABA Therapists delivering individual and group based services. At the time of graduation I did not know this, but the skills that I learned in the Behavioural Psychology program assisted me in completing the Masters of Applied Disability Studies program at Brock University.  Since completing my master’s level of education, I have become a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) and was recently given the opportunity to re-join the Behavioural Psychology teaching team. In 2013 I began supervising BPYSC students on placement, in 2014 I began tutoring for the program and in 2015 I was offered a part-time teaching experience with the program. All of the experiences that I have talked about are because of the Behavioural Psychology program.  The program teaches skills and knowledge that are currently being used within the field.  The teachers in the program have a vast amount of knowledge and experience regarding the field, which they used within their courses to offer state of the art education. As a result of graduating from the Behavioural Psychology program, I have been blessed with many experiences and I believe that there is many more experience awaiting me.

    Lisa Lynch, M.ADS, BCBA

    Program Contact

    David Clark

    Admissions Information

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    Additional Information

    Criminal Background Check: Applicants are advised that Criminal Background Checks (CBC) conducted by the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) are required for programs with field or clinical placements. Certain criminal convictions may prevent participation in placements and program completion may not be possible. Attaining and paying for a CBC and Vulnerable Sector Screening (OPP) is the responsibility of the student, and these may have to be renewed every three to six months. Applicants with criminal records are advised to contact the Associate Dean/Campus Dean of the respective school prior to applying.

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