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Therapeutic Recreation

Available at: Kingston


This one-year (three semester) program prepares students with specialized training to work within recreation, health or social service delivery systems serving individuals with illness or disabilities. 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 recreation 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 with a variety of disabling conditions can participate and to use recreation as a therapeutic tool to improve and/or restore health and wellness.

Our program includes face-to-face and online classes 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.


The St. Lawrence College Therapeutic Recreation curriculum  has been successfully reviewed and determined to be in  alignment with the Therapeutic Recreation Ontario (TRO)  Essential Competency Framework (ECF). As a result, graduates of this program are eligible to apply for Registered Professional designation with Therapeutic Recreation Ontario (TRO).

Students in this program also receive a student membership with Therapeutic Recreation Ontario (TRO).

Career Opportunities

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 and in private practice.

Program Name

Therapeutic Recreation

Program Code



Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Start Dates


Program Duration

1 Year continuous (3 semesters)

Location (Campus)


Canadian Fees

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International Fees

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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 2020-21

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

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

Semester 3
TREC 14 Therapeutic Recreation Internship

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities

SLC graduates have many options to continue their studies with post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world. Agreements between SLC and other institutions that are specific to this program are listed below. In addition, there are many credit transfer pathway agreements between colleges and universities within the province of Ontario. Please also visit to search for options relevant to your program area of study.

    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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    Completing the Therapeutic Recreation program at St. Lawrence has been an extremely worthwhile post-secondary experience. Coming from a university background, I found that the program was very practical in terms of actually preparing for jobs. The certificate program helped add on to my skills and education through post-grad education. Having the opportunity to complete a four month internship also allowed me to gain relevant work experience and make connections in the field. 
    My teachers went above and beyond to ensure our success as students, always offering help. I felt like I was supported 100% by my classmates and teachers. It has been a creative, inspiring and personally- fulfilling year. I would recommend this program to anyone who is looking to update their education. The skills that I have gained this year have been fantastic, and I look forward to where it takes me!

    Caitlin Kinsella

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    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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