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Therapeutic Recreation

Therapeutic Recreation is a diploma program that prepares you to meet the physical, cognitive, social and emotional needs of individuals with a diverse range of impairments. Graduates work with other health care professionals as part of a multi-disciplinary treatment team. Therapeutic recreation (TR) uses recreation and leisure as a modality to facilitate independent functioning and enhance quality of life. The program includes three separate practicum experiences that allow you to apply your developing knowledge, skills and abilities in a variety of settings. You will learn how to:

  • apply the TR process of assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation
  • document client progress
  • use a variety of facilitation techniques to meet individual client goals
  • practice therapeutic recreation based on acknowledged professional standards
  • modify and adapt activities for individuals with a variety of impairments and barriers
  • participate as a member of a health care team

This program is available in full through distance and/or continuing education. The program is available full-time at Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus in Saskatoon. For complete program information, check the program page.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) and transfer credit may be options for receiving credit. For further information see the PLAR candidate guide (pdf) or the transfer credit page.


You will receive instruction and practice in written communication skills needed for the workplace. You will develop effective job search strategies. Emphasis will be placed on communicating a professional image.

Online courses use an asynchronous tool, allowing access to course material at a time that is convenient ot the student.

Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials Online: no additional materials required
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
April 10, 2017 - June 23, 2017
Registration deadline: April 10, 2017
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$578.00OnlineCRN: 201604-41
You will examine a number of techniques and activity-based therapies that therapeutic recreation professionals may employ. You will explore your role in utilizing these techniques and interventions as part of a comprehensive therapeutic recreation program.

This course currently has no offerings.

Your studies will focus on introducing the basic concepts necessary for formulating a philosophical and theoretical foundation in therapeutic recreation. You will explore the definitions, terms and concepts used in the field, the philosophy behind the profession, the history and development of the profession and current service delivery models.

60 hours/24 weeks Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
March 27, 2017 - June 16, 2017
Registration deadline: April 7, 2017
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$475.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-590
You will be introduced to the core concepts of health promotion discussing the determinants of health, and the relationship between heath and leisure. You will explore the Health Promotion/Health Protection model as it relates to therapeutic recreation. You will explore strategies and resources to encourage and promote involvement in physical activity and healthy eating for all people. You will explore skills for managing risk, stress and the life/work balance and will describe the role of therapeutic recreation in health promotion and disease prevention.

This course currently has no offerings.

You will learn the physical, sensory, perceptual, cognitive, social, and personality stages of human growth and development from conception to death.

This course currently has no offerings.

You will be introduced to the importance of interpersonal skills in the human services professions. You will develop effective listening and speaking behaviours that facilitate client interactions.

Out of province students please call 306-659-4034 (Saskatoon)

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This course introduces you to the study of the human body and how it functions efficiently. The content you will study is of critical importance for the promotion and maintenance of health.

40 hours/20 weeks Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
April 25, 2017 - August 11, 2017
Registration deadline: April 28, 2017
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$465.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-706
Your studies will help you develop an understanding of the diversity of the field of therapeutic recreation. You will focus on understanding the agency, the needs of the client population and the role of therapeutic recreation in supporting diverse individuals. The specific skills needed to work in the field will also be examined. The course will prepare you for later practicums and course work and help you confirm your career choice.

45 hours/20 weeks Additional costs: Text(s) with DVD and required print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
March 27, 2017 - June 16, 2017
Registration deadline: April 7, 2017
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$425.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-595
Your studies will help you advance your knowledge of trends and issues that influence the provision of therapeutic recreation services. You will examine your role in advancing the profession of therapeutic recreation.

This course currently has no offerings.

You will learn the prefixes, suffixes and combining forms from which medical terms are derived. You will also learn medical abbreviations.

10 hours/9 weeks Additional costs: Text(s) and required materials including a medical dictionary
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
June 5, 2017 - July 28, 2017
Registration deadline: June 16, 2017
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$145.00OnlineCRN: 201604-73
The course provides an overview of the current practices and procedures of therapeutic recreation when working with individuals with mental illness, addiction and social deviancy. The etiology, symptoms and characteristics of these populations will be examined. You will then explore the impact that these disorders have on the individual and the role of therapeutic recreation services in supporting individuals.

45 hours/20 weeks Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
March 27, 2017 - June 16, 2017
Registration deadline: April 7, 2017
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$475.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-601
The course provides an overview of the current practices and procedures of therapeutic recreation when working with individuals with physical and cognitive disorders. The etiology, symptoms and characteristics of a number of common physical and cognitive disorders will be examined. You will then explore the impact that these disorders have on the individual and the role of therapeutic recreation services in supporting individuals.

This course currently has no offerings.

The course provides an introduction to the scientific study of human behaviour. The course content includes psychology as a discipline, neuroscience and behaviour, learning, memory, motivation, stress and stressors.

Same text(s) used for both Psychology A and B

This course currently has no offerings.

The course is a continuation of the scientific examination of human behaviour introduced in PSYC 188 (Psychology A). Course content includes personality, abnormal psychology, theories of emotional disturbance, treating emotional disturbance and altered states of consciousness.

Same text(s) used for both Psychology A and B

This course currently has no offerings.

The course examines the research process, types of research, data collection, basic statistical analysis and outcome and efficacy studies. Needs and issues specified to conducting research related to therapeutic recreation will be explored.

This course currently has no offerings.

The course provides an introduction to the sociological perspective and addresses the study of people as social beings. You will examine socialization processes, social stratification and social deviance.

Same text used for both Sociology A and B

This course currently has no offerings.

Building on what you learned in SOCI 184, you will study the process of sociological analysis and its importance to the human services professions. You will examine issues facing mainstream and marginalized people in Canada.

Same text used for both Sociology A & B

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You will discuss practicum placement experiences to identify professional practice as it applies to therapeutic recreation services. You will have an opportunity to discuss the application of theory and knowledge on practice. You will begin to develop a framework for a professional portfolio outlining career goals as well as the knowledge and skills you have developed.

Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
March 27, 2017 - May 5, 2017
Registration deadline: March 31, 2017
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$170.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-750
You will reflect on practicum placement experiences to identify professional practice as it applies to therapeutic recreation services. You will complete a portfolio to integrate personal career goals with the practicum learning outcomes. You will develop a professional resume and cover letter and apply for a practicum placement with an agency. You will complete an interview upon selection by an agency.

This course currently has no offerings.

You will explore the relationship between leisure and aging and how to apply current therapeutic recreation practices and procedures to supporting older adults in a variety of settings. The myths and realities of aging and the impact of retirement, our health care system and service delivery on older adults will be examined.

This course currently has no offerings.

You will explore the role of leisure education in assisting individuals in leading a fulfilling leisure lifestyle. Philosophical consideration, models and facilitation techniques common to leisure education will be examined. You will have the opportunity to apply this theory by developing leisure education sessions.

This course currently has no offerings.

Your studies will help you develop an in-depth understanding of the process and components of assessment in therapeutic recreation. You will review, analyze and apply a variety of therapeutic recreation assessment tools and techniques.

This course currently has no offerings.

The course provides an overview of the current practices and procedures of therapeutic recreation when working with individuals with children and youth. The etiology, symptoms and characteristics of a number of common childhood-related and youth-related populations will be examined. You will then explore the role of therapeutic recreation services in supporting these individuals in a variety of settings.

30 hours/18 weeks Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
March 27, 2017 - June 16, 2017
Registration deadline: April 7, 2017
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$425.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-598
You will develop an understanding of the importance of inclusive leisure services. You will also learn strategies to help facilitate meaningful leisure participation by all individuals.

This course currently has no offerings.

The course provides an opportunity for you to apply knowledge and principles learned in the program. You will develop interpersonal skills, leadership skills and leadership techniques, explore how the agency meets the needs of its clientele and plan, implement and evaluate therapeutic recreation programs.

Prior to registration you must be assessed for practicum readiness by the student advisor at 306-659-4905.

128 hours/4 weeks Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
May 23, 2017 - June 16, 2017
Registration deadline: May 26, 2017
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$675.00ClinicalCRN: 201604-84
You will continue to develop your ability to assess clients, design, implement and analyze therapeutic recreation programs and apply effective leadership and professional skills. You will also examine the administrative practices of a therapeutic recreation service and conduct an in-service related to the role of therapeutic recreation.

Prior to registration you must be assessed for practicum readiness by the student advisor at 306-659-4905.

Prerequisites: Completion of all Therapeutic Recreation Year 2 theory courses.


250 hours/8 weeks Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
April 24, 2017 - June 16, 2017
Registration deadline: April 28, 2017
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$1,325.00ClinicalCRN: 201603-622
The course focuses on the principles and procedures of the therapeutic recreation process. You will examine the various responsibilities that the therapeutic recreation professional has in providing accountable, client based service. Client assessment, individual and group program planning, activity analysis, adaptation, protocols, documentation and evaluation will all be examined in terms of their importance in developing therapeutic recreation programs.

This course currently has no offerings.

The course focuses on the principles of program management and how they relate to delivering therapeutic recreation services. You will examine advanced program planning, department policies and procedures, and fiscal, personnel and volunteer management as they relate to the therapeutic recreation process.

This course currently has no offerings.

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