Northwest Community College

Therapeutic Recreation Certificate

Mission | Faculty | Outcomes | Coursework
Mission
Graduates of this program are qualified to work as Therapeutic Recreation Directors under Connecticut State Regulations. Employment opportunities in the Therapeutic Recreation field have been growing at a steady pace over recent years. Connecticut State Law requires extended care facilities to employ one full-time Recreational Therapist for each 60 beds in the facility. This, along with the steady growth of facilities of this type in the state, has created many jobs for qualified Recreational Therapists. Students learn valuable competencies through experiential learning opportunities, such as class projects and fieldwork. Many graduates of this program elect to continue on to pursue an Associate Degree. All courses taken in the certificate program apply toward the Associate Degree.

Note: A minimum grade of “C” is required in all RLS* courses.

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. Design and implement recreational programs under the supervision of a qualified Therapeutic Recreation Director in a Residential Treatment Center.
3. Develop programs and activities designed for the abilities of disabled clients.
4. Obtain client information through interview, observation and research.
5. Identify a variety of special population groups and understand their special needs.
6. Conduct a variety of small and large group recreational activities.
7. Schedule league and tournament activities.
8. Develop recreational activities and programs specifically designed to meet the needs and interests of clients while bringing about a desired change.

Coursework
SEMESTER 1
HSE* 101 Introduction to Human Services - 3 credits
RLS* 121 Intro. to Therapeutic Recreation Service - 3 credits
RLS* 122 Process & Technique in Therapeutic Recreation - 3 credits
SEMESTER 2
RLS* 215 Recreational Leadership & Supervision - 3 credits
RLS* 219 Field Word in Recreation Leadership - 3 credits
RLS* 221 Therapeutic Recreation Programming - 3 credits
PSY* 111 General Psychology OR MED* 125 Medical Terminology OR
ELECTIVE Computer Science - 3 credits
TOTAL CREDITS 21

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