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 8 percent from 2019 to 2029, which is much faster than 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 https://www.monster.com/career-advice/article/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 & Tourism 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||Research, Evaluation, and Data-Driven Decisions||4|
|RMP 764||Internship 2||10-16|
RMP majors cannot count RMP 490 Recreation & Tourism in Society toward the University Social Sciences requirement.
TR Students must complete a 14-16 credit hour internship
Therapeutic Recreation Option
|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 505||Therapeutic Recreation: Aging Services Principles & 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|
|TR Elective: Select one of the following 3||4|
|Adaptive Sports and Recreation Facilitation|
|Therapeutic Recreation Service Delivery in Community Settings|
|Required Support Courses|
|BMS 507||Human Anatomy and Physiology I||4|
|BMS 508||Human Anatomy and Physiology II||4|
|HDFS 525||Human Development||4|
|PSYC 561||Abnormal Behavior||4|
|Statistics - Select one of the following:||4|
|Statistics in Psychology|
Or other TR related courses as approved by Academic Advisor.
A supervised internship RMP 764 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 Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. Specific requirements are identified in the Internship Manual available from the Department of Recreation Management and Policy.
- Students will integrate an understanding of history, service models, theory/philosophy, ethics, credentials, professional conduct, evidence-based practice and professional development with Recreational Therapy (RT) practice.
- Students will develop competence to individually screen, assess and systematically collect comprehensive and accurate data about patients/clients in an efficient and effective manner and to analyze the data collected to determine the course of actions subsequent to an individualized treatment/program plan.
- Students will develop competence in the planning and development of individualized treatment plans that identify functional outcome goals, modalities, facilitation techniques and interventions based on assessment data collected and evidence regarding the diagnosis and treatment of specific medical, psychiatric and other disabling conditions.
- Students will know how to use structured, systematic and evidence-based treatment interventions and facilitation techniques to improve patient/client functioning and independence in life activities.
- Students will develop competence to implement the individualized treatment/program plan using appropriate evidence-based treatment interventions and programs to restore, remediate, or rehabilitate patient/client functioning as well as to reduce or eliminate the limitations to participation in life activities resulting from medical, psychiatric or other disabling conditions.
- Students will acquire specific modality/skills and facilitation techniques used as treatment interventions in Recreational Therapy practice.
- Students will systematically conduct evaluation and research to determine the effectiveness of treatment interventions and programs used to reach patient/client outcomes.
- Students will develop the competencies to manage a Recreational Therapy practice, department, and staff.
- Students will develop an understanding of human anatomy and physiology, growth/development, psychology, functioning in life activities and an understanding of health care services to serve as a foundation for Recreational Therapy practice.
- Students will develop entry-level clinical proficiency and professional behavior through field-based clinical opportunities in accordance with professional standards of practice in Recreational Therapy