Recreation Management and Policy Major: Therapeutic Recreation Option (B.S.)
Therapeutic recreation utilizes recreation to assist people with disabilities or illnesses to develop and use their leisure in ways that enhance health, independence, and well-being. Therapeutic recreation recognizes the importance of quality of life and uses activities to remediate or rehabilitate functional abilities. Therapeutic recreation services are provided in a variety of settings, including hospitals, long-term care facilities, residential treatment facilities, schools, home health care, community recreation, correctional facilities, rehabilitation centers, camp and outdoor education centers, and adult day programs. Observation and applied experience is a component of several courses. Students complete a 14-16-week full-time clinical internship under the supervision of a certified therapeutic recreation specialist (CTRS). The Bureau of Labor Statistics occupational outlook reports the "employment of recreational therapists is projected to grow 13 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. As the large baby-boom generation ages, they will need recreational therapists to help treat age-related injuries and illnesses, such as strokes. Recreational therapists will also be needed to help patients manage chronic conditions such as diabetes and obesity (Bureau of Labor Statistics). A CNN Money report identifies recreation therapy among the top ten "best jobs for saving the world." In particular, they note the profession's high benefit to society and high personal job satisfaction (CNN Money Magazine). On the job front, interested readers may also wish to review an article on Recreational Therapy published on Monster.com at http://www.monster.com/healthcare/a/recreational-therapists-help-patients-play-to-win-0615 (2015).
Upon successful completion of this option, students are prepared to meet sitting requirements for the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification Examination. Students/graduates who pass the NCTRC exam and attain the CTRS are eligible to seek licensure to practice in the state of New Hampshire.
Students may be required to submit to a criminal background check.
All majors must complete a core curriculum of seven courses.
|RMP 490||Recreation and Leisure in Society 1||4|
|RMP 501||Recreation Services for Individuals with Disabilities||4|
|RMP 557||Program and Event Design||4|
|RMP 563||Recreation Management and Policy Practicum||2|
|RMP 654||Professional Development and Ethics||2|
|RMP 724||Grantsmanship, Evaluation, and Research||4|
RMP majors cannot count RMP 490 Recreation and Leisure in Society toward the University Social Sciences requirement.
In addition to required core courses, students who choose this option must meet the following departmental requirements:
|Therapeutic Recreation Course Requirements|
|RMP 500||Therapeutic Recreation Methods in Physical Rehabilitation Settings||1|
|RMP 502||Foundations of Therapeutic Recreation||4|
|RMP 503||Therapeutic Recreation Rehabilitation Principles & Interventions||4|
|RMP 504||Therapeutic Recreation Mental Health Principles and Interventions||4|
|RMP 612||Therapeutic Communication and Facilitation Techniques in Therapeutic Recreation||4|
|RMP 613||Interventions and Documentation in Therapeutic Recreation||3|
|RMP 614||Assessment and Treatment Planning in Therapeutic Recreation||4|
|RMP 615||Clinical Lab in Therapeutic Recreation||2|
|RMP 705||Management and Policy in Therapeutic Recreation||4|
|Required Support Courses|
|BMS 507||Human Anatomy and Physiology I||4|
|BMS 508||Human Anatomy and Physiology II||4|
|HDFS 525||Human Development||4|
|KIN 652||Clinical Kinesiology||4|
|KIN 653A||Musculoskeletal Assessment||2|
|PSYC 561||Abnormal Behavior||4|
|Statistics - Select one of the following||4|
|Statistics in Psychology|
A supervised internship (RMP 664 Internship) is required of all majors and serves as their major capstone requirement. The internship is designed to create a bridge between theory and practical application. Students, working with their advisers and the internship coordinator, select an appropriate setting based on their professional and career interests. They must register for a 14-16 credit full-time internship that ranges from 14 to 16 weeks and is under the supervision of a qualified professional. Specific requirements are identified in the Internship Manual available from the Department of Recreation Management and Policy.