Therapeutic Recreation


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. Most positions require that applicants meet minimal state requirements, which graduates of this program do. 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.

Advisor: Stacey Williams,, 860-738-6427

A minimum grade of "C" is required in all Recreation courses.

Program Requirements


Intro to Human Services



Intro to Therapeutic Recreation Service



Proc  & Tech in Therapeutic Recreation



Recreational Leadership & Supervision



Field Work in Recreation Leadership



Therapeutic Recreation Programming



Elective -Choose one of the following

  • PSY*111-General Pyschology I
  • RLS*210-First Aid & Emergency Care
  • RLS*102-Social Recreation
  Total 21

Program 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.
  9. Deliver effective public presentations regarding recreation in modern society.


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