Recreation Therapy - Accelerated


Course List

Term 1

TRE-1033: Foundations of Therapeutic Recreation

This course provides an in-depth study of the scope of therapeutic recreation. Students study the historical and philosophical foundations of the professions. The role of therapeutic recreation professionals in the spectrum of health care and human service settings serving clients with a variety of disabilities is explored. A review of the various definitions used by each of the professional TR organizations, a variety of service models of practice as well as the Therapeutic Recreation process is introduced. Students develop an appreciation of the needs of people with different abilities and the barriers to recreation that they face. There is also a focus on approaches to integration within the community and the issues related to this profession. Students are introduced to ethics in the profession of Therapeutic Recreation.

TRE-2043: Research in Therapeutic Recreation

This course will introduce the student to the research process with a focus on types of research, data collection, and analysis. Needs and issues surrounding research in the field of therapeutic recreation will be explored and consideration will be given to the reasoning underlying the research process. Students will gain an understanding of the importance of a self-reflective practice and the importance of conducting basic research in their professional careers.

TRE-1023: Therapeutic Recreation Physical Disability and Illness

This course will examine a variety of physical disabilities and their impact on a person's activities of daily living, accessibility, psychosocial state, relationships, and recreation and leisure lifestyle and functioning. This course will explore the role of Therapeutic Recreation with persons living with physical disabilities working toward the achievement of optimal quality of life through adaptation and confronting limitations and challenges. Legislation supporting persons living with disabilities will also be examined.

TRE-3303: Leisure and Aging

Students will develop their knowledge of various issues related to aging including the aging process, theories on aging, ageism, implications of an aging Canadian society, and the role of recreational and leisure activity in the successful aging process. Included in this will be an exploration of various physical and cognitive ailments and disease processes commonly found in the elderly. With this knowledge, students will develop a variety of recreational and leisure programs that focus on physical, cognitive, and psychosocial elements.

HGD-1053: Introduction to Community Mental Health

This course will give the students the opportunity to develop an understanding of mental health issues including general information regarding mental health, resiliency, mental illness (including disorders such as depression and anxiety). Students will have a basic introduction to brain functioning and development as it relates to mental health. An understanding of the factors that contribute to mental illness and the knowledge to identify when someone may be experiencing mental health problems will be included. This course will help students develop their own skills to cope with mental health challenges such as stress. The connection between addictions and mental illness will be highlighted. Cultural issues such as stigma as it relates to mental health and mental illness will be included. An important component of the course will be community connections. Students will learn what community resources connected to mental health are available and how these resources can be accessed. Promoting and reinforcing positive mental health with be ongoing objective of this course.

TRE-2113: Current Concepts in Health and Wellness

This course deals with health promotion strategies needed to make healthy, rational, lifestyle choices, to maintain or improve health and how to approach personal change. Students require an understanding of the bio - psycho -social processes to keep well and knowledge of the interventions that will encourage wellness, promote activity, energy and life, even empowerment. Students will also explore the philosophy of holistic health.

FPP-2001: Field Placement Seminar II

This is the second of three seminars associated with field placement. Seminars are taught concurrently with field placement. The field seminar is a forum for students to integrate placement experiences with classroom learning. Common and recurring issues related to the student's placement experience are identifies and prioritized for discussion. Students will have the opportunity to reflect on professional practice and discuss the application of theory and knowledge in the field of recreation therapy.

FPP-2008: Field Placement II

The purpose of this placement is to provide students the opportunity to apply their recreation therapy knowledge and demonstrate professional skills in practice. By developing therapeutic relationships and applying relevant theory to assessments, and program plans, students will be able to demonstrate a range of recreation therapy interventions which promote the health and wellness of the individuals they are working with.

Term 2

TRE-1013: Therapeutic Recreation Cognitive Disability and Illness

This course examines a variety of cognitive disabilities and illnesses and their impact on a person's activities of daily living, psychosocial state, relationships, community engagement, and social and recreation lifestyle and functioning. It will explore the role of Therapeutic Recreation as it relates to the limitations, challenges, and adaptation associated with achieving quality of life with cognitive disabilities and illnesses. Legislation supporting persons living with cognitive disabilities will also be examined.

TRE-2003: Leisure Education and Counselling in Therapeutic Recreation

This course will explore the role of leisure education in assisting individuals and groups in leading a fulfilling leisure lifestyle. This course will also introduce students to counselling tools, techniques and strategies common to leisure education. Students will gain an understanding of the practical and theoretical aspects of lifespan development while studying barriers that impact leisure participation. Students will be given the opportunity to apply this theory by developing leisure awareness activities and interventions for individuals and groups in a variety of settings with a focus on therapeutic recreation.

TRE-2013: Therapeutic Recreation Assessment

This course focuses on the role of assessment in the design, delivery and evaluation of therapeutic recreation services for diverse populations. Students will have the opportunity to examine, evaluate and apply a variety of therapeutic recreation assessment tools and techniques. This course provides the student with the knowledge and skills necessary to write therapeutic goals and objectives and to develop individual and group programming based on research. This course will also provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to demonstrate empathic interpersonal communication skills and to recognize professional and ethical considerations associated with the administration and documentation of assessments.

TRE-2023: Adapted Recreation and Program Planning in Therapeutic Recreation

The focus of this course will be on understanding the importance of developing inclusive recreation programs and assisting clients to access activities through adaptive strategies and resources. Students will learn how to conduct activity and task analyses using a systematic approach and will source equipment and opportunities for individuals with a divere array of interests and needs. Students will have the opportunity to facilitate, participate in, and evaluate a diverse range of adapted activities.

TRE-2033: Therapeutic Recreation Leadership

This course will provide the student with an in-depth introduction to recreation leadership theory and techniques. Students will examine the diverse leadership roles and responsibilities of therapeutic recreation professionals as one-to one therapists, group leaders, supervisors and administrators. This course will also emphasize the understanding of group dynamics and processes associated with designing and delivering, programs and activities for recreation and leisure settings. This highly interactive course will enable students to develop the necessary facilitation skills required to lead therapeutic activities for diverse settings and populations and will emphasize adherence to standards of practice and relevant government legislation.

FPP-3001: Field Placement Seminar III

This is the third of three seminars associated with field placement. Students will reflect on placement experiences and begin identifying potential career opportunities in the field of recreation therapy. The seminar integrates the program's academic content with the practical experiences of the student. Information about the student's placement are shared, discussed and analyzed in the classroom in order to integrate academic learning with the realities of recreation therapy practice.

FPP-3008: Field Placement III

This field placement is designed to consolidate all of the academic learning presented during the course of the program. Students will demonstrate competence in all of the Standards of Practice associated with the field of recreation therapy. Students will have the opportunity to integrate theory and philosophy with professional practice. During placement, students will demonstrate knowledge of the therapeutic recreation process. This will include performing an activity analysis and adaptation as required. Students will establish effective working relationships with other disciplines as they work within agencies which offer recreation therapy services.

Term 3 Optional* (Additional Fee)


*Students with an undergraduate diploma or degree who wish to pursue an R/TRO Designation, must complete an additional placement through the Online Education Department in order to accumulate required field placement hours. Please contact the program coordinator for more information.

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