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Therapeutic Recreation Certificate (UW-Milwaukee)

Health-Related Studies

According to the US Department of Labor, "The rapidly growing number of older adults is expected to spur job growth for recreational therapy professionals and paraprofessionals in assisted-living facilities, adult daycare programs, and other social assistance agencies. Continued growth also is expected in community residential care facilities, as with daycare programs for individuals with disabilities." Given the projected need for recreation specialists, the College of Health Sciences at UW-Milwaukee has created a certificate program in Therapeutic Recreation (TR) available to a broad range of individuals including students, TR and other human service professionals in the community. In addition, individuals who are certified with the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) may wish to complete certificate coursework to comply with continuing education requirements.

The on-line certificate focuses on the development of knowledge and acquisition of skills and abilities in the areas of health and TR. In preparation for the nationally recognized certification examination, coursework covers topic areas included in the NCTRC Job Analysis categories. Courses present the concepts of health, wellness, disease and illness in relation to quality of life for individuals with disabilities. Specific skill development in the areas of assessment and facilitation techniques is also taught and complemented with an ongoing focus on emerging issues in the field of therapeutic recreation.

Total credits required for completion: 18

Course Requirements

TherRec 203 Topics in TR: Recreation as a Therapeutic Intervention 3 cr
TherRec 300 Therapeutic Recreation Assessment and Documentation 4 cr
TherRec 308 Therapeutic Recreation in Physical Rehabilitation and Behavioral Health 4 cr
TherRec 310 Facilitation Techniques in Therapeutic Recreation 4 cr
TherRec 400 Therapeutic Recreation Trends 3cr

A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 must be maintained on all the required coursework.

Admission Requirements

Completion of this certificate program allows the individual to meet one portion of the academic coursework required for the credential as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist with NCTRC. Additional requirements are needed to fully qualify for the credential.

Certificate-Granting Institution

University of Wisconsin Milwaukee

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