The Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies is a division of the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences
Therapeutic Recreation is a profession which recognizes leisure, recreation and play as integral components of quality of life. Service is provided to individuals who have physical, mental, social or emotional limitations which impact their ability to engage in meaningful leisure experiences.
Therapeutic Recreation is directed toward functional interventions, leisure education and participation opportunities. These processes support the goal of assisting the individual to maximize the independence in leisure, optimal health and the highest possible quality of life.
The Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies is a leader in Therapeutic Recreation education, offering both an undergraduate major in Therapeutic Recreation and the opportunity to direct your studies in therapeutic recreation as part of our master's program or doctoral program.
Therapeutic Recreation Awareness Week has been promoted by the Canadian Therapeutic Recreation Association (CTRA) since its inception in 1996. During the first full week of February each year, members are invited to join in promoting and celebrating the role of Therapeutic Recreation in Canada.
In 2012, the American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA) proclaimed February as Therapeutic Recreation Month, marking the first time in history that Therapeutic Recreation Awareness Month is being celebrated internationally by the Canadian Therapeutic Recreation Association, the American Therapeutic Recreation Association and the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification.
2017 events include
Self-care packages - Feb 15
Where: BMH Atrium
When: Feb 15, 11:30am until they are gone
What: Learn more about what TR is and take care of yourself
Service and Therapy Animals - Feb 16
Where: DC 1301 fishbowl
When: Feb 16, 2-4pm
What: Come meet some dogs that are used for service and therapy