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Therapeutic Recreation and Leisure Services

Roger W. Riley, Associate Professor and Chair

The Department of Therapeutic Recreation and Leisure Services offers two majors - one in therapeutic recreation and one in leisure services. These majors lead to a broad range of leisure service careers. Both programs are accredited by the Council on Accreditation sponsored by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and the American Association for Leisure and Recreation (AALR). In addition to a general core of professional studies, the therapeutic recreation major and the leisure services major allow students to specialize in recreation program areas and settings of particular interest. Two minors are also available - one in recreation and one in outdoor recreation.

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B.S. in Leisure Services
This program prepares students for diverse career opportunities within the recreation, parks, and leisure service field.

Special Academic Status Policy for Leisure Services Majors

  1. 1. A student in this major must receive a semester grade of at least C- in all required 661-xxxxx courses.
  2. 2. A student who fails to complete a required 661-xxxxx course with a grade of at least C- must repeat the course. The Ithaca College policies on repeating courses stated on p. 106 must be followed.
  3. 3. A student who receives less than a C- after repeating a required 661-xxxxx course will be subject to dismissal from the program. A student dismissed from the program may be eligible to enter other Ithaca College degree programs.
  4. 4. A student dismissed from a professional practicum is subject to receiving a failing grade and in that case must complete a prescribed program of remediation prior to a second placement. The student must register again for the practicum. A student dismissed from a professional practicum a second time is subject to dismissal from the program.
  5. 5. In exceptional cases a student may be readmitted to the program upon satisfying conditions determined by the faculty.

At least 60 credits of liberal arts courses are required to graduate with a B.S. degree. All candidates for the B.S. degree in leisure services must complete a minimum of 124 credits in the various components described below.

Curriculum
General requirements (LA) Credits

303-xxxxx

Biology course or

 

663-12500

Human Anatomy

3

311-xxxxx

History elective

3

313-xxxxx

Mathematics elective (computational - Group 1, 2, or 3)

3-4

319-xxxxx

Speech Communication elective (319-11000, 319-11500, 319-14000, or 319-14900)

3

330-10400

Introduction to Developmental Psychology or

 

330-20400

Principles of Developmental Psychology

3

331-xxxxx

Sociology elective

3

377-10600

Academic Writing I or

 

377-10700

Academic Writing II

3

377-xxxxx

Applied writing elective (not 377-10100)

3

Cultural diversity elective - one of the following

310-12900

Introduction to Global Studies (3)

 

331-11600

Introduction to Multicultural Studies (3)

 

331-13000

Youth and Youth Cultures (3)

 

331-20700

Race and Ethnicity (3)

 

331-22600

Sociology of Hispanic Americans (3)

 

331-30300

Global Race and Ethnic Relations (3)

 

339-10400

Cultural Anthropology (3)

 

339-12900

Introduction to Global Studies (3)

3

 

Fine arts elective

3

 

Liberal arts electives

17-18

 

Total, general requirements (LA)

48

Professional core

661-10300

Challenge of Recreation and Leisure

3

661-10400

New Games

1

661-10500

Leadership

3

661-12500

Introduction to Special Populations

3

661-13900

Computer Applications in Recreation

3

661-23200

Program Planning

3

661-23500

Design and Operation of Areas and Facilities

3

661-33000

Administration and Supervision

3

661-33200

Research Methods

3

661-33400

Leisure Education

3

661-45300

Seminar: Professional Development

3

662-12200

Emergency Health Care

1

Two credits from courses listed below:

660-xxxxx

Professional Skill Course (0-2)

 

661-xxxxx

Leisure Skill Course (0-2)

 

664-xxxxx

GIPPE Course (0-2)

 
 

Total, professional core

34

Leisure Services electives
A minimum of 15 credits is required. Three credits must be completed in each of the three groupings below. The other 6 credits can be in Groups I, II, and/or III, or can be 3-credit leisure services electives not listed under those groups.

661-33600

Commercial Recreation (3)

 

661-33700

Tourism Systems and Policies (3)

 

661-43100

Feasibility Studies in Commercial Recreation (3)

 

661-xxxxx

Experimental or new course related to commercial recreation or tourism (3)

3-9

661-22100

Wilderness Travel (3)

 

661-25100

Foundations of Outdoor Adventure Pursuits (3)

 

661-25300

Project Adventure (3)

 

661-35200

Outdoor Education (3)

 

661-35400

Leadership Techniques in Outdoor Recreation (3)

 

661-xxxxx

Experimental or new course related to outdoor recreation and resource interpretation (3)

3-9

661-21500

Youth at Risk (3)

 

661-23800

Leisure and Aging (3)

 

661-24300

Interventions and Protocols in Therapeutic Recreation (3)

 

661-xxxxx

Experimental or new course related to general recreation (3)

 

661-45000

Independent Study (1-3)

3-9

 

Total, professional electives

15

Professional practicum

A minimum of 6 credits must be earned in either 661-34900 or 661-44100, both of which can be taken for variable credit. The total number of practicum credits earned for the degree may not exceed 15, including those earned in fieldwork courses outside the major. Practicum credits beyond the 12 required may be counted as free electives.

1. A GPA of at least 2.50 in Department of Therapeutic Recreation and Leisure Services courses
2. A minimum average of 3.00 in 661-24800 and 661-34800, Fieldwork I and II
3. Cumulative GPA of at least 2.00 and at least 24 credits earned in the last 12 months
4. Completion of at least 24 credits of required recreation (661-xxxxx) courses and at least 6 credits of leisure services (661-xxxx) electives

661-24800

Fieldwork I

3

661-34800

Fieldwork II

3

661-34900

Advanced Fieldwork or

 

661-44100

Internship in Recreation and Leisure Studies

6-9

 

Total, professional practicum

12-15

Free electives

Total

12-15

Summary

General requirements (LA)

48

Professional core

34

Leisure services electives

15

Professional practicum

12-15

Free electives

12-15

 

Total, B.S. in leisure services

124

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B.S. in Therapeutic Recreation
Therapeutic recreation offers a career opportunity for persons who are interested in working with individuals with disabling conditions and who enjoy involvement in recreation and leisure-based activities. Therapeutic recreation specialists assess physical, social, emotional, and mental functioning to determine the individual's needs, interests and abilities. This information is then utilized to develop individualized treatment plans and intervention strategies to address the client's functional deficits and enhance quality of life.

Therapeutic recreation specialists utilize medically approved activities to rehabilitate or maintain their clients' functional abilities. These activities can include arts, crafts, music, dance, drama, horticulture, adventure programs, interaction with pets, sports, games, and community-based outings and field trips. These activities help clients build their self-esteem, interact effectively with others, develop physical and cognitive abilities, and learn new skills.

Therapeutic recreation specialists work in a variety of settings. In clinical settings, such as hospitals and rehabilitation centers, they treat or rehabilitate individuals with specific medical problems in cooperation with an interdisciplinary team of physicians, social workers, occupational and physical therapists, etc. In nursing homes and residential facilities they utilize activities to enhance general health and quality of life. In the community, therapeutic recreation specialists work in programs such as recreation departments, special education programs, correctional facilities, programs for youth at risk, and programs for older adults. In these programs therapeutic recreation specialists develop programs and provide activities that include exercise, mental stimulation, creativity, and fun.

Special Academic Status Policy for Therapeutic Recreation Majors

  1. 1. A student in the therapeutic recreation major must receive at least a C- semester grade in all required 661-xxxxx courses.
  2. 2. A student who fails to complete a required 661-xxxxx course with at least a C- grade must repeat the course. The Ithaca College policies on repeating courses stated on p. 106 must be followed.
  3. 3. A student who receives less than a C- after repeating a required 661-xxxxx course will be subject to dismissal from the program. A student dismissed from the program may be eligible to enter other Ithaca College degree programs.
  4. 4. A student dismissed from a professional practicum is subject to receiving a failing grade and in that case must complete a prescribed program of remediation prior to a second placement. The student must register again for the practicum. A student dismissed from a professional practicum a second time is subject to dismissal from the program.
  5. 5. In an exceptional case a student may be readmitted to this program upon satisfying conditions determined by the faculty.

Curriculum
At least 60 credit hours of liberal arts courses are required to graduate with a B.S. degree. All candidates for the B.S. degree in therapeutic recreation must complete a minimum of 125 credits in the various components described below.

General requirements Credits

311-xxxxx

History elective

3

313-xxxxx

Math electives (computational - Group 1, 2 or 3)

3

314-23000

Medical Ethics

3

319-xxxxx

Speech Communication (319-11000, 319-11500, 319-14000, or 319-14900)

3

330-10400

Introduction to Developmental Psychology or

 

330-20400

Principles of Developmental Psychology

3

330-32100

Abnormal Psychology

3

331-xxxxx

Sociology elective

3

377-10600

Academic Writing I or

 

377-10700

Academic Writing II (by placement)

3

377-xxxxx

Writing elective (not 377-10100)

3

Cultural diversity elective, one of the following:

310-12900

Introduction to Global Studies

 

331-11600

Introduction to Multicultural Studies

 

331-13000

Youth and Youth Cultures

 

331-20700

Race and Ethnicity

 

331-22600

Sociology of Hispanic American

 

331-30300

Global Race and Ethnic Relations

 

339-10400

Cultural Anthropology

 

339-12900

Introduction to Global Studies

3

 

Total, general requirements

30

Required health science courses Credits

620-10900

Sign Language I

3

640-10200

Medical Terminology

3

640-20500

Critical Health Issues

3

662-12200

Emergency Health Care

1

663-12500

Human Anatomy

3

663-12600

Human Anatomy Lab

1

663-33400

Physiology I

3

 

Total, required health science courses

17

General recreation courses Credits

661-10300

Challenge of Recreation and Leisure

3

661-10400

New Games

1

661-10500

Leadership

3

661-12500

Introduction to Special Populations

3

661-13900

Computer Applications in Recreation

3

661-23200

Program Planning

3

661-23500

Design and Operation of Areas and Facilities

3

661-33000

Administration and Supervision

3

661-33200

Research Methods

3

Two credits from courses listed below:

660-xxxxx

Professional skill course (0-2)

 

661-xxxxx

Leisure skill course (0-2)

 

664-xxxxx

GIPPE course (0-2)

2

One of the following 3 credit courses

661-21500

Youth at Risk

 

661-22100

Wilderness Travel

 

661-24000

Sports for the Disabled

 

661-25100

Foundations of Outdoor Adventure Pursuits

 

661-25300

Project Adventure

 

661-33600

Commercial Recreation

 

661-33700

Tourism Systems and Policies

 

661-35200

Outdoor Education

 

661-35400

Leadership Techniques in Outdoor Recreation

 

661-35500

Outdoor Adventures for Special Populations

 

661-36600

Social and Cultural Aspects of Play

 

661-46000

Seminar: Health Care Teams

3

 

Total, general recreation courses

30

Therapeutic recreation professional core courses Credits

661-23300

Introduction to Therapeutic Recreation

3

661-24300

Interventions and Protocols in Therapeutic Recreation

3

661-33400

Leisure Education

3

661-34400

Programming and Evaluation in Therapeutic Recreation

3

661-35600

Assessment and Documentation in Thera. Rec.

3

661-43300

Administration of Therapeutic Recreation

3

661-45300

Seminar: Professional Development

3

 

Total, therapeutic recreation professional core courses

21

Professional practicum
A minimum of 6 credits must be earned in either 661-34900 or 661-44100, both of which can be taken for variable credit. The total number of practicum credits earned for the degree may not exceed 15, including those credits earned in fieldwork courses outside the major. Practicum credits beyond the 12 required credits may be counted as free electives.
Internships must be approved by the department chair. To be eligible for an internship (661-44100), a therapeutic recreation major must meet the following prerequisites:

661-24800

Fieldwork I

3

661-34800

Fieldwork II

3

661-34900

Advanced Fieldwork or

 

661-44100

Internship in Recreation and Leisure Studies

6-9

 

Total, professional practicum

12-15

Planned focus area
To add depth and an interdisciplinary perspective to their academic preparation, students are required to take 9 hours of course work in an area of interest. These courses may be taken in a related field of study that complements the field of therapeutic recreation, such as gerontology, health care administration, psychology, mental health, pediatrics, or chemical dependency. The course of study must be approved by the major adviser prior to completion of the course work.

 

Total, planned focus area

9

Free electives

Total

6

Summary

General requirements

30

Required health science courses

17

General recreation courses

30

Therapeutic recreation professional core courses

21

Professional practicum

12-15

Planned focus area

9

Free electives

3-6

 

Total, B.S. in therapeutic recreation

125

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Minors
Recreation Minor
Open to students majoring in all disciplines except leisure services and therapeutic recreation

The academic minor in recreation is designed to increase the student's awareness of the importance and extent of leisure and recreation in modern society and to prepare the student to plan, organize, and lead a recreation program of limited scope in a variety of settings.

In addition to the minimum credit requirements for this minor, students must either provide documented evidence that they have had at least 200 hours of work or volunteer experience in the areas of recreation programming or leadership with a leisure service agency, or complete the course 661-24800 Fieldwork I as space permits. Experience from other course requirements or before admission to the minor program will not satisfy the experiential requirement.

Requirements Credits

661-10300

Challenge of Recreation and Leisure or

 

661-10100

Leisure and Society

3

661-10500

Leadership

3

661-23200

Program Planning

3

662-12200

Emergency Health Care

1

661-xxxxx

Recreation electives

6

 

Total, recreation minor

16

Outdoor Recreation Minor
Open to students majoring in all disciplines except leisure services and therapeutic recreation.

Outdoor recreation is being utilized in many settings. Businesses are using "high adventure" programs with their executives for a variety of reasons. Social service agencies offer camping and outdoor adventure programs for clients. Schools are using outdoor education and camping programs as part of their curriculum. This academic minor has been designed to prepare students to plan, organize, and lead outdoor recreation programs of limited scope.

Requirements Credits

661-10500

Leadership

3

661-25100

Foundations of Outdoor Adventure Pursuits

3

661-35400

Leadership Techniques in Outdoor Recreation

3

662-12200

Emergency Health Care

1

661-xxxxx

Recreation electives (to be chosen as specified below)

6

A maximum of 3 credits from the following outdoor skill courses (1 credit each):

661-11000

Outdoor Living Skills

 

661-11100

Winter Travel and Survival

 

661-11200

Basic Canoeing

 

661-21200

Backpacking

 

661-25000

Rock Climbing

 

661-xxxxx

Experimental or new 1-credit outdoor skill course

0-3

A minimum of 3 credits from the following theory courses (3 credits each):

661-22100

Wilderness Travel

 

661-25300

Project Adventure

 

661-35200

Outdoor Education

 

661-35500

Outdoor Adventures for Special Populations

 

661-xxxxx

Experimental or new course related to outdoor recreation

3-6

 

Total, outdoor recreation minor

16

In addition to the minimum credit-hour requirements to complete the minor, students must provide documented evidence certifying that they have had at least 200 hours of volunteer experience in outdoor recreation leadership or programming, or complete the course 661-24800 Fieldwork I. Experience obtained as a result of other course requirements or prior to admission to the minor program will not satisfy the experiential requirement.

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