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					    Therapeutic Recreation
      What to know to graduate




Therapeutic Recreation Advising Session
…so you want to be a Recreation
Therapist?
• http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVkf-
  gxainY&feature=related
The TR Faculty
 Dr. Kath Pinch (Associate Professor)

  • TR Advisor
  • TR Co-Coordinator
  • Instructor

 Dr. Lisa Jorgensen (Assistant Professor)

  • TR Co-Coordinator
  • Advisor
  • Instructor

 Arlene Krause (CTRS)

  • Fall 2010 Internship Advisor
  • Instructor
The BASICS – getting started
Declare RPTA as your Major
• Know Your Catalog Rights (i.e. graduation requirements
  based on the year you became(make sure to discuss this
  with your advisor)
  • Graduation Requirements


   Meet with your TR Advisor (advisee list is posted
   outside Solano 4000)
   (Dr. Pinch or Dr. Jorgensen)
   • Bring transcripts from all universities.
   • Be prepared to discuss classes and internships.




             Meet with General Education Advisor
             • Complete all GE courses (again, know your catalog rights
               for the year you begin as a student at Sac STATE)
THE THREE HATS for a TR STUDENT


                   General Education



                RPTA Degree with Option
                in Therapeutic Recreation



                  NCTRC Requirements
Core Classes in the RPTA Major
I. Department Core Lower Division: 10 Units
RPTA I          Orientation to RPTA
RPTA 30         Recreation, Park & Tourism in Contemporary Society
RPTA 32         Recreation Activity Leadership
RPTA 42         Recreational Use of Natural Resources
II. Department Core Upper Division: 15 Units

RPTA 101        Senior Seminar (last semester/year in the major)

RPTA 105        Management in RPTA (Fall only) *Must take before RPTA 119
                Inclusive and Therapeutic Recreation TR *before or concurrent 116,
RPTA 106        117, and 118

RPTA 109        Computer Applications in RPTA
                Research and Evaluation in RPTA
RPTA 110        *Prerequisite 30 *Ideally take this your last semester in the major

RPTA 136        Program Planning in RPTA *Prerequisite 32
TR Option Coursework
III. TR Option: 15 Units
RPTA 116                   TR Principles & Practices (Fall only)
RPTA 117                   TR and Contemporary Aspects of Disabilities (Spring only)
RPTA 118                   Facilitation Techniques in TR (Fall only)
RPTA 119                TR Service Systems (Spring only)
RPTA                    TR Assessment and Documentation (online EAST BAY / SAN JOSE)
IV. Non-RPTA Electives : 18 Units
BIOL 25           Human Anatomy & Physiology

PSYC 168          Abnormal Psychology

CHDV 030          Human Development (MUST cover birth to death)
SC ELECTIVE        **Refer to TR Supportive Coursework
SC ELECTIVE       **Refer to TR Supportive Coursework
SC ELECTIVE         **Refer to TR Supportive Coursework
IV. Internship : 12 Units
RPTA 195D         TR Internship (460 HOURS)
                  *Taken after courses are completed
Assessment and Documentation Class

 • As of January 2013, TR students will be required by
   NCTRC to take a documentation class, in order to sit for
   the exam.

 • Currently, Sac State does not offer this course.
   ▫ Highly recommended to take course now
   ▫ Online: CSU, East Bay (all TR course are online,
     including documentation)
   ▫ Online: CSU, San Jose
       **You will need to register using a concurrent
       enrollment form from our university (can get it
       online at Sac State (instructions are on the form).
The Internship
TR INTERNSHIP REQUIREMENTS


                   Takes place after all coursework is complete

          Each TR student is required to complete a 560 hour internship
        Internships MUST be supervised by a CTRS (Certified Therapeutic
                            Recreation Specialist)
               Internship manual is available on the RPTA website
       600 pre-internship hours must be completed before internship (these
                    hours may come from general recreation)
               14 consecutive weeks (40 hours per week minimum)

              Many sites require additional hours (up to 600 hours)

                            STUDENTS ARE
                       RESPONSIBLE FOR FINDING
                        THEIR OWN INTERNSHIP
Internship – Contract with Site

PLAN ON APPLYING ONE YEAR PRIOR TO INTERNSHIP START DATE

University clinical contract must be in place prior to internship start date (this can take
up to 5 months to complete)

A contract needs to be in place between university and the site.
 • Our department, Geraldine, will complete the paperwork

Once you have an internship in place (agreement with the organization and CTRS person
to supervise , you will need to:
 • Find out if there is a current contract between the internship and our university (first ask site, then Geraldine)
   • If there is no contract, and need to set one up, you will need to provide the following information to Geraldine:
     • Full name of agency
     • Agency address, City, State, Zip
     • Name of agency contract officer (person authorized to sign contracts for agency)
     • Phone & fax numbers and e-mail address for contract officer

Give at least 4 to 6 months (or longer) for the contract process.
Internship 101 – stand out from the crowd

              CONDUCT



                   ATTIRE




                  CREATIVITY




               INDEPENDENCE



           COLLABORATION
Deadlines to file for Graduation




  Applications     You must have      TR Grad Check
  are due ONE        the forms to          can be
  YEAR prior to     your advisor     downloaded from
  graduation        (Dr. Pinch or     Dr. Jorgensen’s
  • Fall –         Dr. Jorgensen)         website
    November 1st      at least two
  • Spring – May   weeks prior to
    1st            the university
                       deadline
National Council for Therapeutic Recreation
Certification (NCTRC)




                            NCTRC is the nationally recognized
                      credentialing organization for the profession of
                       therapeutic recreation. Established in 1981, as
                          an independent non-profit organization,
                          NCTRC represents over 12,000 Certified
                        Therapeutic Recreation Specialists employed
                         within a variety of healthcare and human
                                      service settings.
   Who is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS)?



            For over 4
             decades,                 The Joint Commission defines a Recreational Therapist (1995) as
       recreation therapy                         “… an individual who, at a minimum, is
            has been a
        RECOGNIZED
            HUMAN
            SERVICE
        PROFESSION
        PROFESSION,
         using recreation
        involvement as a
             means to
        psychological and                                                                 And meets any
         physical health,                                                                  current legal
                                                              Currently a Certified
                                                                                          requirement of
       recovery, and well-               A graduate of a          Therapeutic
                                                                                             licensure,
              being.                  baccalaureate degree    Recreation Specialist
                                           program in                                     registration, or
                                                                 (CTRS) by the
                                                                                       certification; or has
                                      recreational therapy    National Council for
                                         accredited by a                                 the documented
                                                                  Therapeutic
                                      nationally recognized                                equivalent in
                                                                   Recreation
                                                                                        education, training
                                       accreditation body;        Certification
                                                                                      and experience and is
                                                                   (NCTRC)
                                                                                       currently competent
                                                                                            in the field.
http://www.nctrc.org/aboutnctrc.htm
 CTRS Certification
All information for certification can be found at www.nctrc.org.



All courses taken must meet the requirements for eligibility to sit for the NCTRC exam.


Must complete the coursework required for degree (including GE coursework, RPTA core
course, TR courses, and supportive coursework and internship) and experiential
requirements (internship).


You can apply and sit for the examination during your internship (strongly recommended!).



Most agencies require national certification prior to employment



CTRSs are also required to become recertified every five years.



Title Protection law in California

 http://www.nctrc.org/aboutnctrc.htm
Preparation for Certification
 • Become VERY familiar with the NCTRC Website
 • Print off the application from the NCTRC website
 • Purchase the NCTRC Exam Study Guide
 • Take practice exams online
 • Form a study group
 • Know Application Deadlines for Certification
   Exam (3 times per year can sit for the exam)
 • Make sure to apply 3 -4 months before the
   examination date)
 • Plan for the cost of the exam
   ▫ $400 for professional eligibility and exam
      registration
   ▫ $425 if applying for eligibility prior to degree
      completion (e.g. during internship)
 • Make the commitment to become certified
Job Prospects – some area to consider
                     • Veterans
                       Administration
                     • Corrections
                     • Mental Health
                     • Physical Medicine and
                       Rehabilitation
                     • State Hospitals
                     • Children’s Hospitals
                     • Community Parks &
                       Recreation
                     • Elite sports
                     • Outdoor Programs
                     • Consulting
                     • Adventure Recreation
                     • Substance abuse
                       programs
                     • Camps
Final thoughts….




                Start Building
                Your
                Reputation
                Now – Join
 Make Sure To   Professional                                                         Visit The
  See Attend    Associations             Join                                        Campus
  Mandatory                                           Volunteer In     Go To
                • ATRA              RPTMA(Adaptive                                 Career Center
 Advising And     (American                            The Field     Conferences
                                      Committee)                                      (Career
  See Advisor     Therapeutic                                                      Connections)
 When Needed      Recreation
                  Association)
                • CPRS(Californ
                  ia Parks And
                  Recreation
                  Society)



                                 Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist
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