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Recreation and Leisure Studies

Therapeutic Recreation Emphasis

Therapeutic recreation is a dynamic profession with its primary purpose to improve the quality of life of individuals with special needs through recreation and leisure opportunities.

Recreation therapists work with individuals who may have a variety of issues including addictions, mental health, at-risk youth, developmental delays, or brain and physical injuries. Work environments include private, public, nonprofit, and government operated settings in short-term care hospitals, day programs, residential facilities, camps and schools.

The Therapeutic Recreation concentration adheres to the standards of the National Therapeutic Recreation Society (NTRS), and the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC). Students enrolled in this concentration must strictly adhere to the curriculum to be permitted to take the NCTRC Certification Examination after graduation. Therefore, all students enrolled in this concentration must take all five of the following courses:

REL 305 Introduction to Therapeutic Recreation
REL 320 Leisure Education in Therapeutic Recreation
REL 407 Methods of Therapeutic Recreation
REL 408 Facilitation Techniques and Group Process in Therapeutic Recreation
REL 412 Trends and Administrative Issues in Therapeutic Recreation

Last Updated 8/14/15