Introduction to Therapeutic Recreation (Online)

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Part-Time: April 11, 2023 – June 20, 2023

Schedule: Webinars are held Tuesdays from 5:30 to 8:30 pm PST


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This course changed my understanding of recreation in a better way. I want to say thank you to our instructor Johnathan, he did an amazing job teaching us all the topics of recreation therapy and he gave us so much knowledge. I would recommend this course to everybody.

Miranda Mandic

Therapeutic Recreation Course Overview

The Introduction to Therapeutic Recreation Course is an overview of the history, philosophy, concepts, and issues in the field of therapeutic recreation. The helping nature of the recreation therapist role and the importance of self-awareness within the profession will be addressed. The importance of leisure activities and the common barriers to recreation participation are discussed. Introductory information will be provided and discussed on a wide range of disabilities, medical conditions, therapeutic support environments, and conceptual models of therapeutic service.

Topics Covered/Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the successful student will have reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Describe the helping nature of the service provider role.
  2. Describe the history, role, and function of therapeutic recreation.
  3. Identify disabilities and barriers for individuals and apply the role of therapeutic recreation.
  4. Identify values and beliefs conducive to providing effective service to people.
  5. Define professionalism as it relates to providing services in the helping role.
  6. Compare and contrast various therapeutic recreation conceptual models and recognize the importance of using a model in practice.
  7. Compare and contrast various living option levels and the differences in the service delivery of therapeutic recreation.
  8. Identify the purpose of a team approach and how to work within various healthcare teams.
  9. Define issues that affect job related stress associated with the role of helper.

Admission Requirements



Subject to change without notice

Johnathan Pathmanathan

Johnathan Pathmanathan is a recreation therapist with a Bachelor’s Degree in Therapeutic Recreation from Seneca College. Utilizing a person-centred and constructivist approach to teaching, he places an emphasis on ensuring that the classroom is a diverse and culturally supportive environment for his students to learn. In his spare time, Johnathan enjoys going out for hikes, exercising and finding the best places to eat in the city.

Who Will Benefit From The Course

This course is beneficial for those interested in additional training in gerontology and people who are currently recreational therapists or therapist assistants, kinesiologists, care aides, or foreign-trained health care professionals.




  • April 11, 2023 – June 20, 2023
    • Students must devote at least 3 hours per week to attend live webinars
    • Webinars will be held Tuesdays from 5:30 to 8:30 pm PST
    • Outside of live instructional periods, students will be expected to take part in various independent and/or group activities

Required Materials

  • Therapeutic Recreation a Strengths Approach, 2nd Edition.  Lynn Anderson and Linda Hyene. Venture Pub. 2021. ISBN: 978-1-95281-522-5
  • Therapeutic Recreation Processes and Techniques: Evidence-Based Recreation Therapy. David Austin. Sagamore Publishing. 2020. ISBN: 9781571679291, 1351795953
  • Introduction to Human Services, 4th Edition. Michelle Martin. Pearson. 2020. ISBN: 9780134461090, 0134461096


The registration fee for this course is $620.

Technical Requirements

Live Online Students

Ashton College uses web conferencing tools for conducting online classes and online learning management systems for managing resources, assignments, and grades. These tools help instructors and students connect live online as well as asynchronously. The basic requirements for online learning include a computer, webcam, speakers, and a microphone or a headset and headphones, along with a reliable internet connection. Though online learning can be pursued using smartphones and tablets, the use of laptops or desktop computers is encouraged for an enhanced learning experience.


This course does not require approval by the Private Training Institutions Branch of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training. As such, it was not reviewed.

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