The Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies is a division of the Faculty of Health
The practicum course involves an unpaid practical experience in Therapeutic Recreation for students in Honours Therapeutic Recreation. This course will require 105 hours interspersed over one academic term (15 weeks). The course will be offered on a credit/no credit basis.
You should begin planning your practicum 2 terms in advance. Placement information sessions run every term, so you should attend a session prior to the practicum planning phase.
To begin planning your placement please fill out and submit the REC 253 getting started form according to the following deadlines:
|Placement Term||Getting Started deadline|
You will be contacted after you have submitted the form to set up a meeting to discuss your placement.
Frequently asked questions
1. How do I find a placement
2. How far in advance do I have to contact the organization?
This will discussed at your initial meeting. Normally, organizations are contacted a full term before the placements begin.
3. Are any placements paid?
No, the practicum placements are volunteer based.
4. Do I need to interview for the position?
Yes, typically organizations will interview you for the position to make sure you are a good fit.
5. Are there specific requirements for each placement?
Requirements may vary based on the placement/organization. Leeann will outline the different requirements based on which organization you have been accepted to. Practicum placements ensure that students are exposed to the Essential Competencies of Therapeutic Practice.
6. How do I get enrolled in the course?
You must submit a signed and competed practicum agreement form to the Community Outreach and Communications Specialist. After this is received the undergraduate office will enrol you in the course. You do not have to do anything on Quest.
7. What documents do I have to submit?
Once you have secured your placement you will need to submit the following documents.
- Practicum agreement form
- UW safety office forms
8. What if I don't have time in my schedule to complete the practicum
REC 253 is available every term. You must be able to balance the 105 total hours with your course work throughout the term. The work hours vary between organizations and are normally agreed upon before the placement begins.
9. How many hours do I have to complete each week?
You can normally choose to complete one full day throughout the term or a 3 week block at the end of term. This will depend on the needs of the organization and the agreement between the student and the practicum (onsite) supervisor.