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School of Arts & Sciences/St. Thomas Aquinas College 9/12

The School of Arts & Sciences offers an 18 credit minor in Therapeutic Recreation. 

Group I   (15 Credits)
Required Courses

R/L 101 Foundations of Recreation and Leisure
R/L 344 Therapeutic Recreation: Methods, Materials & Process 
R/L 402 Therapeutic Recreation: Principles & Practices
R/L 403 Therapeutic Recreation Techniques
R/L 407 Research Methods in Therapeutic Recreation

Group II   (3 Credits)
Select one of the following courses:

R/L 302 Therapeutic Recreation for Special Populations
R/L 309 Therapeutic Recreation in Gerontology

The following additional courses are required for those who wish to pursue certification under the National Council of Therapeutic Recreation (NCTRC) guidelines:

PSYC 103 General Psychology
PSYC 206 Child Psychology
PSYC 301 Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 316 Adult Development
R/L 411 Therapeutic Recreation Internship

A Minor in Therapeutic Recreation is suggested for students who desire to understand how recreation therapy has become a critical health service that restores, remediates and rehabilitates functional capacity for persons with injuries, chronic illness and disabilities.  The understanding of the principles of Therapeutic Recreation and the use of the A.P.I.E. System (assessment, plan, implementation and program evaluation in T.R.) can give the student an enhanced knowledge base to enter the work force today.  “Employment of recreational therapists is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through the year 2010 because of anticipated expansion in long term care, physical and psychiatric rehabilitation and services for people with disabilities” (Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2000).

The processes and techniques of Therapeutic Recreation can directly benefit and enhance student’s skills in related areas such as:  Art Therapy, Sports and Leisure Management, Psychology, and Sociology.

Should you wish to go forward in achieving certification from the National Council of Therapeutic Recreation (NCTRC) in Therapeutic Recreation, you are advised to consult
Dr. Levine Madori for additional academic coursework and certification requirements.













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