This one-year (three semester) program prepares students with specialized training to work within recreation, health, education and/or social service delivery systems serving individuals a variety of abilities. Graduates will acquire the skills to complete standardized 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 abilities can participate and to use recreation as a therapeutic tool to improve, maintain, and/or restore health and wellness.
Our program includes face-to-face classes primarily and some 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).
This course introduces the causes, and characteristics, of a variety of physical and cognitive impairments, including those that occur as part of the aging process. Students then explore the implications of these impairments, and the role of therapeutic recreation in working with individuals affected with these impairments.
This course provides the student with the knowledge of the fundamental theories, models and practices of therapeutic recreation. Topics include theories of play, recreation and leisure, ethics in TR practice, the history of the profession, and therapeutic recreation definitions and service models. Students are challenged to develop their own personal philosophy of therapeutic recreation professional practice.
This course explores the therapeutic recreation process and provides students with the opportunity to design and develop client-centered programs and intervention plans. Students learn the principles of program design including goal and objective development and activity analysis. The therapeutic recreation accountability model is utilized to help explore the accountability that exists for the therapeutic recreation professional.
In this course, students learn about inclusion, advocacy and adapting recreation activities for individuals with disabilities. Students also learn to apply principles of universal design to assess leisure and recreation resources in the community.
This course provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to explore leadership and management functions of the therapeutic recreation professional. Topics include leadership, supervision, motivation, communication, empowerment and team development. Each are explored from the perspective of working with clients, staff, volunteers and other team members.
This course provides the student with the knowledge required to participate effectively as a member of the multidisciplinary team. Students gain a basic comprehension of human form, function, biomechanics and lifespan development. Students are introduced to basic medical terminology and develop an appreciation of the expertise and roles played by various multidisciplinary team members.
Students are introduced to assessment tools used in TR practice and can assess and interpret an assessment of their choice. Students also have the opportunity to create TR outcomes and implement the outcomes using program design while documenting using methods such as SOAPA (subjective, objective, analysis, plan, and assessment) notes.
This course provides students with an introduction to the philosophy, principles, and techniques of leisure education. Implications for curriculum development, various settings and leisure service delivery systems are also explored. Topics will include how to get started, review of specific leisure education programs already developed, what and how to teach, who to teach and leisure education in therapeutic recreation services.
This course introduces the causes, characteristics and implications of a variety of impairments related primarily to mental illness and addictions. Students explore the implications of these impairments, and the role of therapeutic recreation in working with these individuals through case studies and practical applications of the therapeutic recreation process.
This course provides students with insight into a variety of issues and trends presently impacting the field of therapeutic recreation. Students explore topics such as community development, professionalization of the field, ethical issues and advocacy for the role of TR in various practice settings. Issues and trends will be examined from multiple perspectives.
This course examines both the qualitative and quantitative research processes commonly used in Therapeutic Recreation, issues related to conducting Therapeutic Recreation research, and the analysis, interpretation, and presentation of data. Knowledge and application of these topics enables students to conduct basic research and write grant proposals for exploratory or systematic purposes. Additionally, students learn how to access and interpret basic research in their professional careers.
This course provides students with the opportunity to explore a variety of evidence-based processes, facilitative techniques, and modalities used by the therapeutic recreation professional for identified populations. Some of the topics covered include clinical decision-making, outcome-based activity selection, communication techniques, instructional and counselling techniques, social skills training, physical activity, inter-generational programming, and community integration.
This course provides students with the opportunity to explore the range of skills and knowledge required to develop a plan to set up a small business or private practice in Therapeutic Recreation. With the view to developing a basic outline for a business plan, students focus on a number of key elements in this process including business and personal financial literacy, personal characteristics of a successful entrepreneur, the importance of gathering market information, basic marketing and business networking concepts, and relevant regulations and documents specific to running a Therapeutic Recreation business.
In these courses, students learn to apply all knowledge and skills gained throughout the program at an approved agency within the therapeutic recreation field. Students will choose one of two options including an 11-week or 18 week full-time unpaid internship placement. Under the guidance of an onsite mentor, students gain hands-on experience and consolidate the skills required to become a practicing Recreation Therapist upon graduation
Applicants must have a minimum of a two-year post-secondary diploma or degree, with a specialty in health, education, or community and social services.
Pre-Placement Immunization Requirements
Immunizations are MANDATORY for this program and can take months to complete. Both International and domestic students in this program are required to complete the Immunization Communicable Disease Form to be eligible to attend placement. Without required immunizations and necessary blood work completed, students will NOT be eligible to complete placement, which can affect the ability to graduate.
Note for International students: Fees apply to most vaccines in Canada. You are encouraged to start/complete your Immunization Communicable Disease Form in your home country and bring that documentation to Canada. On arrival at SLC, the SLC Campus Health Centre can also assist you with your requirements.
Additional Immunization Requirements Students Need to Complete
In addition to the immunization requirements listed in your Program Immunization Communicable Disease Form, students attending clinical placement locations may also be asked to complete the additional vaccinations listed below and provide proof with dated receipts to the agency before they can begin placements. These are agency-specific and as such, the agency may deny a student access to their location without these completed.
- Minimally 3 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine
- Annual flu shot (when available)
Once Students Register:
Students will receive instructions on how to begin the immunization process that includes:
- Booking an appointment with the Campus Health Centre (BOOKING LINK) or an individual’s primary care physician to complete the appropriate below form and any necessary blood work
- DOMESTIC STUDENT Immunization Communicable Disease Form – read carefully
- INTERNATIONAL STUDENT Immunization Communicable Disease Form – read carefully
- Where and how to submit your information to ensure it is received safely and remains confidential, including blood work results if required
- Due dates when all information must be submitted by to be eligible for placement
Registered students are STRONGLY encouraged to complete information as soon as notified, to avoid any disruption to placement or imposed penalty fees.
Questions regarding immunizations can be emailed to email@example.com.
As an active SLC student, you are automatically enrolled in a student insurance plan. To learn more about how this applies to your immunization requirements please visit www.wespeakstudent.com (domestic) or www.guard.me (international).
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.
Students complete up to 710 hours of full-time internship in the Spring/Summer semester. Some of the internship sites include: Providence Care (Hospital and Community sites), Providence Manor, Sienna Senior Living, Hospice, Kids Inclusive, Sherwood Park Manor, Girls Inc. Limestone, The Royal Ottawa, CNIB, and more!
Complete SLC Placement requirements
- 6 Training Modules
- Student Declaration/Oath of Confidentiality
- Student Covid 19 Waiver
- CPIC - VULNERABLE SECTOR
- First Aid & CPR
- Student Agreement
Fees are estimates only. Tuition is based on three semesters.
Fees are estimates only. Tuition is based on three semesters.
Our Kingston campus has seen significant renovation over the past few years, including a brand new Student Life and Innovation Centre that houses a new gymnasium, fitness centre, pub, and more.
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.
Graduates have attained work in a variety of community agencies including: Kids Inclusive, Providence Care, City of Ottawa, Girls Inc., Villa Marconi (Ottawa),Helen Henderson, The Royal, Golden Life Management (British Columbia), Spark Life Care, Sienna Senior Living (Toronto).
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