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The Minor in Therapeutic Recreation provides students with a foundational knowledge of the field of therapeutic recreation and its populations served. This minor enhances students’ understanding of the use of leisure-based interventions to enhance the quality of life of individuals with disabilities.
Students apply course concepts and gain practical skill through their participation in the various structured hands-on and service learning opportunities embedded within the Therapeutic Recreation curriculum.
Students engage with youth in the Mighty Monarchs wheelchair sports program, facilitate a senior wellness program in a local geriatric care facility, and assist with Special Olympics.
This course is designed to present an overview of therapeutic recreation as a profession. Philosophy, historical development and standards of practice will be discussed. Students will develop an understanding of professional training, credentialing, and the recreation profession's responsibility to provide recreational opportunities for all individuals. Implementation of therapeutic recreation services for a wide variety of special populations will be explored.
Course is designed to introduce students to various disabling conditions that receive therapeutic recreation services. Therapeutic recreation intervention techniques used while implementing a program will be discussed. Emphasis will be given to the rehabilitative and habilitative goals of intervention techniques. Prerequisites: junior standing or permission of instructor; PRTS 261 with a grade of C- or better.
This course will emphasize how disability is defined and understood on both a micro and macro level as related to the field of therapeutic recreation. The symptomatology of various disabilities will be explored and correlated with specific therapeutic recreation strategies and techniques for treatment. In addition, explanatory models of disability will be covered, including an exploration of the ethical issues associated with various ways disability has been understood and represented over time. Prerequisites: junior standing or permission of instructor; PRTS 261 with a grade C- or better.
Students entering the Minor program in Therapeutic Recreation should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Undergraduate Admission)
Have a personal interview with a faculty member in the program. Complete a background check in PRTS 261 – Introduction to Therapeutic Recreation to ensure eligibility for service learning experiences with youth.
Estimated rates for the 2021-22 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.
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