Northwest Community College

Therapeutic Recreation

Mission | Faculty | Outcomes 
Mission
Recreational therapists, also referred to as therapeutic recreation specialists, provide treatment services and recreation activities to individuals with disabilities or illnesses. Using a variety of techniques including arts and crafts, animals, sports, games, dance and movement, drums, music, and community outings, therapists treat and maintain the physical, mental and emotional well-being of their clients. Therapists help individuals reduce depression, stress and anxiety; recover basic motor functioning and reasoning abilities; build confidence; and socialize effectively so that they can enjoy greater independence as well as reduce or eliminate the effects of their illness or disability. In addition, therapists help integrate people with disabilities into the community by teaching them how to use community resources and recreational activities.This is the suggested course sequence for full-time students who aim to graduate in two years.

Faculty
Dr. Charles Kelly, ckelly@nwcc.edu, 860-738-6353

Outcomes
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates should be able to: 
1. Discuss the history of the recreation movement in the United States and the importance of play to all children and adults. 2. Manage a residential treatment center’s therapeutic recreation department effectively and efficiently.
3. Develop programs and activities designed for the abilities of disabled clients.
4. Demonstrate effective problem solving abilities in therapeutic recreation settings.
5. Obtain client information through interview, observation and research.
6. Competently function within an interdisciplinary healthcare team.
7. Identify a variety of special population groups and understand their special needs.
8. Communicate effectively with clients, their families, co-workers and administrators.
9. Conduct a variety of small and large group recreational activities.
10. Schedule league and tournament activities.
11. Develop recreational activities and programs specifically designed to meet the needs and interests of clients while bringing about a desired change.
12. Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
13. Deliver effective public presentations regarding recreation in modern society.