Help by Having Fun!

Recreation is important for everyone as a way to relax and keep balance in their lives. But for some with physical, cognitive, emotional and/or social limitations, recreational therapy is also a way to connect and participate with others. You can learn how to help!

Confederation College’s Recreation Therapy program will give you the skills and knowledge you’ll need to plan, implement and evaluate a wide range of leisure services for children, adolescents and adults who experience barriers to a healthy leisure lifestyle. You will learn how to work with individuals and groups of all ages to assess their needs and interests so you can encourage independent and personally fulfilling leisure lifestyles. Coursework includes therapeutic recreation, developmental psychology, program and event planning, communications for community services, marketing and public relations, treatment and adaptive technology and recreation facilities. 


  • Field placement and internship enhance in-class learning by providing hands-on experience 
  • Graduates will be able to join Therapeutic Recreation Ontario, a professional organization designed to support members of this growing field
  • Program is offered as an accelerated program for those who have graduated from the Recreation and Leisure Services program


Hands-on experience and the chance to do placements and internships gave me the o...

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Veronica Elsey

Lifestyle and Program Manager

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Nikita Cava

Therapeutic Recreationist

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of the Recreation Therapy program find work in a variety of settings including hospitals, retirement homes, supportive housing complexes, correctional centres, rehabilitation/treatment centres, government agencies, long term care centres, community non-profit agencies, developmental disability service providers, school and inclusion service agencies.

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