Recreation Therapy - Accelerated


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This accelerated one-year program provides a fast-track opportunity for students having the proper admission requirements. This program prepares students for a profession that provides services and advocacy for individuals with a wide range of cognitive, physical, social and emotional limitations. 

During the program, students learn theoretical foundations and practical skills that allow them to competently work through the therapeutic recreation process. The practice of Recreation Therapy is based on the belief that play, recreation and leisure are essential to achieving an individual's quality of life.

Through the development of meaningful goals and objectives individuals working in the recreation therapy field use recreation as a therapeutic tool to improve health and restore wellness. Through experiential learning that includes field placements and a variety of community experiences, students receive valuable hands-on practice. Through this practice, students have the opportunity to further develop their skills in the areas of: assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation.

Students also have the opportunity to receive additional specialized training while enrolled in this program. Students should be aware that having a criminal record could impact their ability to secure a field placement.

Reasons to Choose Lambton College's Recreation Therapy - Accelerated program:

  1. Graduates are ready to work in an existing health care field.
  2. Opportunities for advanced standing are available for students applying with a degree or diploma in a Health Sciences or Human Services related field.
  3. Students receive a student membership to Therapeutic Recreation Ontario.
  4. Students receive additional training that is highly sought after by employers.
  5. Faculty are current and experts in their field.
  6. Community partnerships allow students to get practical, hands-on experience.
  7. Field placements within the recreation therapy setting.

Admission Requirements

A college diploma or university degree in fields such as Developmental Service Worker, Child & Youth Care, Social Service Worker, Early Childhood Education or similar programs and/or a degree in a health related field. Additional course work may be required depending on the relevance of the applicant's degree or diploma.

Employment Opportunities

Employment may be found in the areas of pediatrics, mental health, hospitals, community settings, long-term care facilities, rehabilitation and corrections.

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