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Programs in Therapeutic Recreation

Therapeutic Recreation uses treatment, education and recreation services to help people with illnesses, disabilities and other health conditions to develop and use their leisure in ways that enhance their health, functional abilities, independence and
quality of life.






Recreation Therapists work in hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, Day Programs and with disabled individuals in community settings. They work with people who have physical, emotional or developmental disabilities. They use all kinds of recreation activities, leisure experiences and leisure education for treatment and rehabilitation.






The major in Therapeutic Recreation emphasizes learning by doing. Students take activity skills courses in Arts and Crafts; Folk and Square Dance and Methods of Teaching Fitness and Recreation activities among other required and elective courses in our 60 credit degree major. In addition, students do two semesters of 200 hours of supervised field work internship at some of the forty community agencies (including hospitals; nursing homes, etc...) with whom our Program has field work agreements. These experiences prepare students with the skills and knowledge they need to be able to assume a leadership role.




Certification: Graduates of the Program continue to work towards their B.S. Degree in Therapeutic Recreation at Lehman College and other area colleges. Once they have attained the B.A. they may apply to take the National Certification exam. Upon passing, they become a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS). CTRS's are in big demand! All students who graduate from the Program are eligible for "CLA" Certification ("Certified Leisure Associate") through New York State Recreation and Parks Society.



Salaries: Graduates of our A.A.S. degree in Therapeutic Recreation can expect to earn $20,000-$25,000.
With the B.S. degree and Certification (CTRS)
salaries jump to $36-38,000.
Graduates of the Program are hired to work in Nursing Homes; Community Centers; camps for disabled children and teens; after-school programs and many other settings. The field affords opportunities for growth including supervision and management of a Therapeutic Recreation Department.

....Course Requirements for Therapeutic Recreation
Recreation Majors
(Note:all courses are 3 credits unless stated otherwise)

Rpe.11 - Introduction to Recreation
12 - Leadership In Recreation
13 - Social Recreation
16 - Methods of Teaching Folk & Square Dance -
........(2 Credits)
31 - Therapeutic Recreation I
32 - Organization & Administration of Recreation
34 - Methods & Materials in Arts & Crafts
35 - Therapeutic Recreation II
Rpe. 36 - Assessment in Therapeutic Recreation
91 - Fieldwork Experience in Sports, Fitness & Therapeutic ..............Recreation I
92 - Fieldwork Experience in Sports,
..............Fitness & Therapeutic Recreation II
HE 35 - First Aid & CPR (2 credits)

Students are also required to complete 3 credits of electives

Students interested in Therapeutic Recreation can call either of the co-directors,
Dr. Donald Hume or Dr. Nick Skirka,
at 718-368-5831 or
e-mail now
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