The Therapeutic Recreation program is a 12-month Ontario College Graduate Certificate program which will prepare students for a career in the growing field of Therapeutic Recreation/Recreation Therapy. The practice of Therapeutic Recreation is based on the belief that play, recreation and leisure are essential to achieving an individual's optimal health and sense of well-being. Students will learn to adapt recreation activities so individuals with a variety of disabling conditions can participate and to use recreation as a therapeutic tool to improve and restore health and wellness.

Therapeutic recreation provides services to a variety of populations including pediatrics, adolescents and geriatrics. Services are provided in a wide range of settings including hospitals, long-term care, rehabilitation centres, correctional facilities and day/residential programs.

During a supervised 560-hour internship, students will further develop their ability to complete client assessments, develop and evaluate group and individualized programs, and use a variety of facilitation techniques to assist individuals participating in meaningful recreational activities. The result is enhanced health, improved functional ability, and increased quality of life. 

Graduates will complete the program with theoretical knowledge and practical skills in the areas of assessment, program planning, implementation and evaluation.

Reasons to Choose Lambton College's Therapeutic Recreation Program

  • Lambton College's Therapeutic Recreation program has been reviewed and approved by Therapeutic Recreation Ontario (TRO). Students graduating from our program are eligible to pursue registration with TRO upon graduation.
  • Each student enrolled in the Therapeutic Recreation program receives a Therapeutic Recreation Ontario Student membership for the duration of the program.
  • Many of our faculty continue to practice as clinicians in the field, allowing them to share up to date information and experiences with students about issues that are current and relevant.
  • Numerous community partnerships allow students to get practical hands-on experience in the areas of mental health and physical disabilities.
  • Multiple training opportunities within the program, which result in relevant certifications.

Students entering this program are entering a Mobile Learning - Class+ Experience program. The Class+ Experience is exclusive to Lambton College, where technology inspires learning. Mobile devices allow students to experience learning both inside and outside the classroom, integrating educational apps and tools into class activities. See device requirements.


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Admission Requirements

Graduation from an accredited post-secondary college diploma or university degree with specialty in health or human services.

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Equivalent combination of education and work experience.

Employment Opportunities

Our graduates find employment working with individuals of all ages in health, recreation or human service organizations. Specifically, graduates may find work in long term care, adult day programs, hospitals, rehabilitation centres, mental health agencies, addiction services and community agencies.

While the majority of agencies will hire either college or university graduates, there are some employers that do ask for a university degree as a hiring requirement for Therapeutic Recreationist positions. The Program Coordinator of respective agencies will be able to provide detailed information about hiring requirements.

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