Most Frequently Asked Questions about Therapeutic Recreation

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					    Department of
Recreation Management
      and Policy

Weaving Quality Into Life

  Undergraduate Curriculum
  Option in: Therapeutic Recreation

           Dr. Janet Sable, CTRS/L, Chair
   Dr. Patti Craig, CTRS/L       Dr. Ann Morgan
       Dr. Chris Harrist            Dr. Boyd Hegarty
             Dr. Allison Wilder, CTRS/L

                 108 Hewitt Hall
                Durham, NH 03824
                  (603) 862-2391
                           RECREATION MANAGEMENT & POLICY
        The challenge presented to individuals working within the leisure services profession is to enhance the
quality of individual and community life through the provision of meaningful leisure experiences.
Professionals in this industry are working in such settings as conference planning, resorts, state and national
parks, corporate employee recreation services, racquet and health clubs, YMCA’s, municipal recreation
departments and clinical medical facilities (therapeutic recreation).

        In part, because the spectrum of the leisure service industry is so broad, job opportunities in the leisure
services have been growing at a faster rate than most industries, including other service industries.

        In response to the diversity of professional employment opportunities, students in the Recreation
Management & Policy program choose to pursue one of two options within the major: Program
Administration or Therapeutic Recreation. Students interested in a career as a nationally Certified Therapeutic
Recreation Specialist should seek a background in the biological sciences and have a desire to work with
individuals with disabilities as a member of a clinical treatment team. It is desirable for students considering
the Program Administration option to have a background in written and oral communication, human
development and psychology and to be interested in planning and managing leisure service programs in a
variety of settings.

        The curriculum within Recreation Management and Policy for all student majors includes a strong
liberal arts foundation; a core of professional courses; course work in computer applications, administration,
planning and public relations, and numerous opportunities for applied field experiences.

                                       For more information, write or call:
                                Department of Recreation Management & Policy
                                     School of Health and Human Services
                                                 108 Hewitt Hall
                                          University of New Hampshire
                                               Durham, NH 03824
                                                 (603) 862-2391

Therapeutic Recreation Option
Therapeutic Recreation utilizes recreation to help people with disabilities and illnesses to develop & use their
leisure in ways that enhance health, independence, & well-being. The ultimate goal of therapeutic recreation
is to facilitate full & optimal involvement in community life. The purpose of recreation therapy is to improve
health & the quality of life by reducing impairments of body function and structure, reducing activity
limitations, participation restrictions, & environmental barriers of the clients served. TR recognizes the
importance of quality of life and uses activities to remediate or rehabilitate functional abilities. Therapeutic
Recreation services are provided in a variety of settings including: hospitals, long-term care facilities,
residential treatment facilities, schools, correctional facilities, rehabilitation centers, camp & outdoor
education centers & adult day programs. Upon successful completion of this option, students are prepared to
meet sitting requirements for the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification Examination.
Once certified by NCTRC, students may apply for a CTRS/L license, which will enable them to practice in
New Hampshire.

Purpose and Goals of the Therapeutic Recreation Option
The purpose of the Therapeutic Recreation Option within the RMP department is to prepare students to work
in clinical, allied health facilities (e.g. hospitals, rehabilitation centers, mental health programs, extended care
facilities) & community-based recreation programs that serve individuals with disabilities. Consistent with
other allied health programs, students’ professional preparation is rooted in an education based on the
foundation of liberal arts designed to ensure a practitioner who is capable of critical thinking, communication
& an individual with a strong core of central values regarding life, culture & the communities in which they

The overriding goals for our students are the ability to:

   Demonstrate knowledge of systems and ethical practices of therapeutic recreation directed at improving
    the health-related quality of life of persons with physical, psychological, and cognitive disabilities.

   Demonstrate a sophisticated use of language in written and verbal communication with regard to
    intervention, assessment, and documentation of client outcomes and professional interaction with
    interdisciplinary teams.

   Pass the national certification exam to ensure certification as a CTRS and meet the criteria for state
    licensure in TR in order to practice in New Hampshire as a CTRS/L.

Child Life Minor

This interdisciplinary minor is offered to a limited number of students by the therapeutic recreation option in
the Department of Recreation Management and Policy & the Department of Family Studies. Upon completion
of course requirements, students will be able to sit for the Child Life Specialist exam. All students complete
three core courses: RMP 502, RMP 565, and FS 525. Therapeutic Recreation students will select two courses
from the following: FS 623, FS 635, FS 641, FS 709, FS 734, and FS 772. Students will complete an
Internship (RMP 593-F for TR students), which will entail a minimum of 480 hours of experience and be

supervised by a certified Child Life Specialist. Therapeutic recreation majors will be assigned a minor adviser
from Family Studies.

Employment Outlook

According to the American Medical Association’s Health Care Careers Directory 2009-2010, employment of
therapeutic recreation specialists is expected to increase 4% from 2006 to 2016. The US Bureau of Labor
Statistics projects that recreational therapists will experience competition for jobs. Job opportunities will be
best for people with a bachelor’s degree in therapeutic recreation or therapists who hold specialized
certifications and in certain regions of the country.

Health care facilities will provide a growing number of jobs in adult day care and outpatient programs
offering short-term mental health and alcohol or drug abuse services. Rehabilitation, home health care, and
transitional program will provide additional jobs.

The rapidly growing number of older people is expected to spur job growth for therapeutic recreation
specialists in long-term care facilities, retirement communities, assisted living facilities, adult day care
programs, and social service agencies. Continued growth is also expected in community residential facilities,
as well as adult day care programs for people with disabilities.

As of 2004, salary for therapeutic recreation specialists with the CTRS credential averaged $30,000 (starting),
$39,000 (overall average), and $60,000 to $70,000 (upper ranges). Data from the US Bureau of Labor
Statistics for 2007 shows that wages at the 10th percentile were $21,700, the 50th percentile (median) at
$36,940, and the 90th percentile at $58,030 (

Source: American Medical Association, Health Care Careers Directory, 2009-2010, 37th edition.

                                        Therapeutic Recreation Option
                                      College of Health and Human Services
                                  108 Hewitt Hall, University of New Hampshire
The purpose of this option is to prepare students to work primarily in clinical, allied health facilities such as
hospitals, rehabilitation centers, mental health programs and extended care facilities as well as inclusive
community recreation programs. The instructional goals focus upon those competencies needed to provide
health promoting and health protective interventions to enhance the leisure lifestyle of patients while
facilitating the achievement of overall treatment goals. The program of study is designed to help students
meet requirements for the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification.

RMP Core Requirements: (20 credits)
          RMP 490         Recreation and Leisure in Society
          RMP 501         Recreation Services for Individuals with Disabilities
          RMP 557         Recreation Services Program Design and Planning
          RMP 563         Recreation Management and Policy Practicum (2 credits)
          RMP 654         Professional Development, Issues and Ethics (2 credits)
          RMP 724         Grantsmanship, Evaluation and Research (WI)
Therapeutic Recreation Course Requirements: (29 credits)

               RMP 502                 Foundations of Therapeutic Recreation
               RMP 503                 Therapeutic Recreation Rehabilitation Principles and Interventions
               RMP 504                 Therapeutic Recreation Mental Health Principles and Interventions
               RMP 612                 Therapeutic Communication and Facilitation Techniques in
                                       Therapeutic Recreation
               RMP 613                 Interventions and Documentation in Therapeutic Recreation (3credits)
               RMP 614                 Assessment and Treatment Planning in Therapeutic Recreation
               RMP 615                 Clinical Applications in Therapeutic Recreation (2 credits)
               RMP 705                 Management and Policy in Therapeutic Recreation

Professional Internship: (14-16 credits) Also fulfills University Discovery Capstone requirement
           RMP 664*          Internship in Therapeutic Recreation

Other Course Requirements for Therapeutic Recreation Option: (35-37 credits)
          PSYC 402*       Statistics (Quantitative)
          BMS 507*        Human Anatomy and Physiology (Biological Sciences)
          BMS 508*        Human Anatomy and Physiology (Biological Sciences)
          CS 401*         Computer Applications (Environment, Tech. & Society)
          FS 525*         Human Development (Social Science)
          PSYC 401*       Introduction to Psychology (Social Science)
          PSYC 561        Abnormal Behavior
          KIN 652         Clinical Kinesiology
          KIN 653A        Musculoskeletal Assessment (2 credits)
          ELECTIVE        Elective Course (1-3 credits depending on Internship credits selected
          CPR & 1st Aid   Certification
*These courses required by the department may also meet University Discovery Program requirements. University Discovery
Requirements: (58-60 credits total, including some courses also meet RMP requirements)
Note: A total of 128 credits are required by the University for graduation. The University also requires four writing intensive (WI)
courses, some of which may be met through RMP courses.

                                   RMP COURSE PROGRESSION – TR

    Entering as a Freshman
             Freshman                       Sophomore                         Junior                         Senior
Fall            Spring         Fall            Spring            Fall               Spring             Fall            Spring
RMP 490         RMP 501        RMP 557         RMP 503 or        RMP 612            RMP 614            Internship      RMP 705
RMP 502                        RMP 563 (2)     RMP 504           RMP 613 (3)        RMP 615 (2)        RMP 664         RMP 724
                                                                 RMP 654 (2)        RMP 503 or         (14-16)
BMS 507         PSYC 401       PSYC 402  PSYC 561                                   RMP 504                            ELECTIVE
INQ 444         FS 525         DISCOVERY CS 401                  DISCOVERY                                             DISCOVERY
                BMS 508        DISCOVERY DISCOVERY               DISCOVERY          KIN 652
                                                                                    KIN 653A (2)

16 credits     16 credits      18 credits      16 credits        17 credits         16 credits         14-16 credits    16 credits
    Internship also available in summer

    Entering as a Sophomore Pre-requisites: INQ 444 & 5 ADDITIONAL DISCOVERY COURSES
Fall           Spring omore    Fall           Spring               Fall                Spring                           Junior
RMP 490        RMP 503 or      RMP 557        RMP 503 or           Internship           RMP 705
RMP 501        RMP 504         RMP 612        RMP 504              RMP 664              RMP 724
RMP 502        RMP 563(2)      RMP 613 (3)    RMP 614              (14-16 credits)     DISCOVERY
                                              RMP 615 (2)
BMS 507        PSYC 401                       RMP 654(2)                               PSYC 402
               FS 525          PSYC 561
               BMS 508         CS 401         KIN 652
                                              KIN 653A (2)

16 credits     18 credits      19 credits     18 credits           14-16 credits       16 credits
    Internship also available in summer

    Entering as a Junior:
    Prerequisites: INQ 444 & BMS 507 & 508 & 4 ADDITIONAL DISCOVERY

                      Junior                           Senior

                 Fall             Spring            Fall              Spring           Fall             Spring
                 RMP 490          RMP 503 or        RMP 557           RMP 503 or       Internship       RMP 705
                 RMP 501          RMP 504           RMP 612           RMP 504          RMP 664          RMP 724
                 RMP 502          RMP 563 (2)       RMP 613 (3)       RMP 614          (14-16           DISCOVERY
                                  PSYC 401          PSYC 402          RMP 615 (2)      credits)         DISCOVERY
                 FS     525       KIN 652           PSYC 561          RMP 654 (2)
                                  KIN 653A (2)                        CS 401
                   Internship also available in summer
                 16 credits    16 credits           19 credits        16 credits       14-16 credits    16 credits

                    Most Frequently Asked Questions about
                           Therapeutic Recreation

What kinds of settings/ agencies     Therapeutic Recreation Specialists are employed in a variety of
employ Therapeutic Recreation        settings. Some of the common sites are rehabilitation centers,
Specialists?                         hospitals, substance abuse treatment centers/programs,
                                     psychiatric/mental health agencies, extended care facilities, public
                                     recreation departments, and schools

With what kinds of people do         Therapeutic Recreation Services are designed for those individuals
Therapeutic Recreation Specialists   who have had a serious illness, accident, or have a permanent or
work? Who are the people who         temporary disability. Therapeutic Recreation Specialists work with
receive therapeutic recreation       individuals with a diversity of disabilities (e.g.: spinal cord injury,
services?                            stroke, traumatic head injury, chronic pain, Alzheimer’s, cerebral
                                     palsy, mental retardation, chemical dependency, psychotic disorders,
                                     depression, eating disorders.)

What does a Therapeutic Recreation   As a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, you provide treatment, leisure
Specialist do?                       education and recreation services to individuals who have an illness
                                     or disability. A typical day might include interviewing new clients,
                                     conducting client assessments, developing treatment plans,
                                     implementing programs based on client needs, evaluating client
                                     progress, and charting or documenting these events in the client’s
                                     medical record. Examples of programs that you might provide
                                     include: leisure education groups, adventure activities, social skills
                                     training, leisure skill development, community reintegration
                                     experiences, leisure-oriented adaptive equipment workshops, exercise
                                     and conditioning, stress management.

What are the similarities and        Each of these career options is an allied health profession.
differences between Therapeutic      Professionals in these areas find employment in similar and/or the
Recreation, Occupational Therapy,    same settings. In fact, the therapeutic recreation specialist,
and Physical Therapy?                occupational therapist and physical therapist often find that they work
                                     together within a team approach to provide optimal health care to
                                     their patients or clients. The differences are most easily seen within
                                     each profession’s primary focus and purpose. For example, while
                                     each of these professionals may provide treatment to improve a
                                     patient’s health status and functional abilities, the ultimate concern of
                                     the Therapeutic Recreation specialist for improving these skills is to
                                     enhance the patient’s quality of life and ability to fully participate in
                                     leisure and/or play. The Occupational Therapist’s goal focuses
                                     primarily upon activities of daily living and skills essential to work/
                                     occupation and the Physical Therapist focuses on the goals essential
                                     to rehabilitation of movement and physical functioning.

                                           We feel that practical experience is an important aspect of the
How will I gain experience? Is there       learning process in therapeutic recreation. There are two components
and opportunity to gain experience in      in the therapeutic recreation curriculum whereby students receive
college?                                   specially-designed on-site experience. The first experience involves
                                           several planned experimental exercises incorporated into various
                                           courses throughout the curriculum. The second experience occurs
                                           between the junior and senior year and involves a 14-15 week on-site
                                           clinical internship under the supervision of a Certified Therapeutic
                                           Recreation Specialist.

                                           All students at the University of New Hampshire are required to
What types of courses will I be            complete a Discovery Program which provides a foundation in the
required to take if I pursue a career in   liberal arts. Students pursuing a career in therapeutic recreation will
Therapeutic Recreation?                    also obtain a foundation in leisure studies with an expertise in the
                                           principles and practices of therapeutic recreation. Additionally, there
                                           are required and elective support courses such as anatomy,
                                           physiology, kinesiology, psychology, special education, etc. which
                                           make up another component of the therapeutic recreation curriculum.
                                           The theoretical courses are then supplemented by experiential
                                           learning in the practicum and internship courses.

                                           The credentialing body for therapeutic recreation professionals is the
Do you have to acquire and kind of         National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification. Most
special credentials to practice?           employers require certification as a condition of employment. In order
                                           to be certified at the professional level (CTRS), the individual must
                                           first meet sitting requirements in order to qualify to take the national
                                           exam. These requirements include completion of specific coursework
                                           in recreation and therapeutic recreation, an approved clinical
                                           internship under the supervision of a Certified Therapeutic Recreation
                                           Specialist, and support coursework in psychology, the biological and
                                           physical sciences, and related human service areas. The curriculum at
                                           UNH is designed to assure the completion of courses needed to sit for
                                           the national exam. Application to take the exam is initiated after

                                           First, you must be interested in providing services to people.
What attributes and interests do you       Secondly, it is important that you have an interest in working in
need to be a Therapeutic Recreation        health care and/or clinical setting and a concern for the leisure needs
Specialist?                                and rights of individuals who have an illness or disability. Attributes
                                           which students find helpful as they progress through the curriculum
                                           are: empathy, ability to listen, respect for others’ rights, and an
                                           acceptance of diversity. Students who are outgoing, creative, flexible,
                                           and self-motivated have found therapeutic recreation a fulfilling and
                                           challenging profession.

                                        Job placement has been highly successful for UNH graduates. Many
What is the market and salary?          of our students are recruited by the agencies where the student
                                        completed his/her internship. Past graduates have established a very
                                        appealing “track record” with their employers, which has increased
                                        the demand and marketability for UNH graduates. There are
                                        opportunities for employment nationwide as well as some
                                        opportunities internationally. UNH has graduates who are employed
                                        from East coast to West coast, including Hawaii and Alaska,
                                        providing an opportunity for excellent networking.

                                        Salaries vary from region to region as they do in most health care
                                        professions. There are also varied pay scales dependent upon the type
                                        of agency, e.g. private vs. public, Veteran’s Administration, state
                                        government, etc. Entry-level salaries may range from $36,000-
                                        $48,000 depending on location and setting. Average annual salary for
                                        CTRS working in Northeast is $42,181.25 (2004 Survey).

                                        Faculty in the RMP Department view advising as a very important
What kind of support can I expect       and integral part of the student’s academic program. Upon declaring
from the UNH department faculty         Therapeutic Recreation as your option of study, you will meet the
and my advisor?                         faculty person who will serve as your advisor throughout your
                                        curriculum. You will schedule appointments with your advisor during
                                        specific periods such as pre-registration to help you with questions
                                        concerning courses and scheduling. You are also encouraged to
                                        periodically “drop-by” when you need assistance in solving an
                                        academic problem or simply need a faculty member with whom you
                                        can sit and talk. Our faculty are known for their sincere interest in the
                                        individual student and for maintaining contact with the students once
                                        they have graduated from UNH.

                                    DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS????


Dr. Allison Wilder, CTRS/L                                Dr. Janet Sable, CTRS/L
Assistant Professor                                       Chair and Professor
Coordinator of Therapeutic Recreation Option              Recreation Management & Policy Department
Recreation Management & Policy Dept.                      (603) 862- 3401, email:
(603) 862-2710, email:

                          Academic Standards for Admission and Retention
                       Department of Recreation Management and Policy (RMP)
                                    University of New Hampshire

Procedures for Admission to the Major

   A) New UNH Students (first-year and external transfer admissions):

      Students who are admitted to the University of New Hampshire as first-year students or external
      transfer students from another college or university or from the Thompson School, may gain
      admission to the major simply by declaring the Recreation Management and Policy major as a part of
      the UNH admissions process.

   B) Internal Transfer Students (students who are already enrolled at UNH and wish to change their major
      to RMP):

      1. To enter the RMP major as an internal transfer student, you must first be a degree candidate in
         good academic standing within the University. This means that you must have a minimum
         cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (e.g. even a 1.99 GPA will not meet this 2.0 minimum

      2. We ask you to go through a short process of both gathering information and, then sharing
         information with a RMP faculty member in order to better understand the RMP curriculum and
         profession prior to enrollment in the major. We want you to know what you’re getting into and, to
         be prepared to be an active and satisfied participant in the RMP major.

          This process is as follows:

          a. Obtain (either via stopping by the RMP office or via mail upon request) written materials about
             the RMP curriculum you are interested in from the department’s secretary.

          b. If you are still interested in declaring the RMP major after studying the written material, call
             the department secretary to schedule an interview appointment with a RMP faculty member.
             Phone (603) 862-2391; on campus use Ext. 2-2391.

          c. Following the interview with and upon the consequent approval of a RMP faculty member, you
             will receive an application to the major.

          d. Complete the application and provide all requested documentation.

      3. You will be notified by letter of the faculty’s decision regarding your admission at least one week
         prior to registration.

   4. If you are admitted to the major, you must complete a University change of Major form and have it
      signed by your new RMP advisor. We invite and suggest that you make an appointment with your
      new faculty advisor fairly soon after receiving this letter to meet him/her and to begin to establish
      your schedule of courses within the curriculum.

RMP Policy on Retention of RMP Major Status

A) Showing Continuous Course Enrollment and Completion Progress Through the RMP Curriculum:

   Once you choose/declare the RMP major you MUST follow the curriculum sequence each
   semester leading to graduation with a degree in the major.

   When you declare the RMP major, your faculty advisor will work with you to determine a curriculum
   schedule which, upon your satisfactory academic achievement, will lead to reasonable expectations for
   a graduation date. Therefore, you may NOT simply “sit” within the RMP major without making
   reasonable progress toward the degree in the major. You will be required to take at least the minimum
   number of required courses necessary to keep you on schedule toward graduation with a RMP degree.

   As a means of enforcement of this policy, RMP faculty cannot approve/sign course pre-registration
   forms or add/drop forms which do not reflect reasonable student progress toward the RMP degree. A
   one semester grace-period may be granted at the discretion of the student’s RMP faculty advisor as
   circumstances such as leaves of absence, semesters abroad/ international exchange or immediately
   pending change of major, warrant as reasonable exceptions to the departmental policy.

B) A MINIMUM Semester G.P.A. of 2.50 is Required to Maintain Good Academic Standing Within the
   RMP Major.

   Once a student is admitted to the RMP major (other than during the first semester of the
   freshman year – refer to the section on “Freshman Exception”) s/he MUST achieve and
   maintain a minimum semester GPA of 2.50 each and every semester to maintain good academic
   standing within the department.

   This policy becomes effective immediately during the semester that the student declares the major
   regardless of the time during the semester that s/he enters the major. (Example: even if a student
   declares/enters the major in November, s/he will be held to the department’s 2.50 minimum academic
   standard for grades achieved during the Fall semester).

   1. Academic Probation after One Semester Below 2.50 GPA.

      If a RMP student’s semester GPA falls below the minimum 2.50 requirement, that student will first
      be placed on departmental probation for the next semester. Should the student then achieve a 2.50
      semester GPA or above during the probation semester, s/he will be returned to good academic
      standing within the department.

2. Academic Exclusion from the Major.

     Any student who earns a semester GPA below 2.50 for two consecutive semesters or earns a
     semester GPA below 2.5 for three semesters, consecutive or not, will be excluded from the major.
     Students will be advised to change majors, and will no longer be entitled to the academic attention
     of advising, etc. from the RMP department. Exclusion means students can not progress in required
     courses in the major.

     It is in the student’s best interest to declare another major at this point since s/he can no longer
     make progress toward a degree in RMP. If you don’t act to change majors prior to pre-registration
     of the semester following your exclusion, the RMP department will take action to initiate your
     exclusion from the University through the CHHS Dean’s office.

     ESPECIALLY NOTE (due to potential severity of consequences): A student who has earned
     academic EXCLUSION from the major (e.g. a full academic year two consecutive semesters, with
     less than the minimum 2.50 semester GPA) will NOT be permitted to engage in the required
     professional Internship (RMP 664).

3. Freshman Exception

     Students entering UNH and the RMP major as first semester freshmen will not be subject to
     departmental academic probation at the conclusion of their first semester in order to allow for a
     period of adjustment to university life. If, however, a freshman does not attain the required 2.50
     semester GPA at the end of the second semester, s/he will then be placed on departmental

C) Minimum Grade in Courses Required by the Department

     1. Required RMP Courses: Recreation Management and Policy major must earn a grade of C
       (2.0) or better in all required RMP courses. Any student who earns less than a C in a required
       RMP course must repeat that course and earn a C or better in order to continue to advance
       within the curriculum.

      2. Required University and Emphasis Area Courses: RMP major must earn a minimum grade of
      C- (1.67) in all courses taken to fulfill departmental requirements beyond the RMP-
      designated/labeled courses referred to in part A. above. This includes courses taken from other
      University departments in order to fulfill the RMP department’s Emphasis Area requirement.
      Any student who earns less than a C- in courses required by the department but offered/taught
      beyond the department must repeat that course(s) until a minimum competency indicator grade
      of C- or better is earned.

D)     RMP Department Policy on Academic Dishonesty

     Any student majoring in RMP who receives a F in a RMP course because of academic
     dishonesty may be dismissed from the major by a vote of the RMP Faculty and if dismissed
     cannot continue in the major.

                            RECREATION MANAGEMENT AND POLICY
                             ACADEMIC ADVISING PROCEDURES AND
                             FACULTY ADVISING RESPONSIBILITIES

Welcome to the Department of Recreation Management and Policy. As an accepted major you will be
assigned a faculty advisor who will assist you in planning your courses for the duration of your RMP status.
As you progress through your academic career you will generally meet with your advisor a minimum of twice
a year, usually in November and April prior to your scheduled registration period. Although you are free to
make an appointment with your Advisor at any time during the academic year, you should pay particular
attention during the periods prior to registration and be sure to sign up for an advising appointment. These
meetings are mandated by the University and afford an opportunity for advisors to check student’s course
selections and distribute Registration Access Code’s (RAC) needed for registration. Faculty members may
post signup sheets on their office doors or they may use the time cat scheduler, a web-based scheduling tool.
Advising time frames are announced in RMP classes.

Students should come to their advising appointments with a schedule of potential courses listed out. This is
particularly true of Discovery courses. To ensure a well-rounded education, the University of New
Hampshire offers students a wide range of options to meet these requirements. Although the Department of
Recreation Management and Policy specifies certain Discovery course requirements for its students, students
are given the freedom to choose courses that interest them in a number of areas. Information gleaned from
other students and/or by a careful reading of the Undergraduate Catalog may prove most beneficial in
choosing which courses to take.

The primary responsibility of the Faculty Advisor is to ensure that students get adequate guidance with
respect to Major Requirements. Courses that meet major requirements are listed on advising worksheets used
by faculty advisors and are kept in the student’s file. These courses are limited to RMP core classes, courses
required by the department, department electives, and emphasis area courses. If a student wishes to check the
status of their course work they may access their file during normal office hours by contacting the RMP
secretary. Students should be aware that faculty expertise in advising is concentrated in courses required by
the department as indicated above, and not in Discovery requirements.

Your faculty advisor will work with you to the extent needed to help answer any questions you may have and
to assist you in planning your course work. It is not the intention of the Department of Recreation
Management and Policy to take over any responsibilities assigned to the student or the Office of the
Registrar by the University of New Hampshire. To that end faculty advisors will not count credits
needed towards graduation nor will they assure students that all graduation requirements have been
met. Responsibilities for these functions lie with the student, as indicated in section 06.1 of the
Academic Policies section of Students Rights, Rules, and Responsibilities Handbook, and with the
Office of the Registrar. Students with graduation and or credit total questions should contact the
Office of the Registrar.

                       Department of Recreation Management and Policy
                                       Faculty Profiles

Patti Craig, Ph.D., CTRS/L
Assistant Professor
  Patti received her Ph.D. in Education with a Cognate in Higher Education from the University of New
  Hampshire in 2010. She received her master’s degree in Sport Management and Leisure Studies with a
  concentration in Therapeutic Recreation from Temple University. She earned her bachelor’s degree in
  Health and Human Services from the University of Scranton. Patti’s current research interest focuses on
  pedagogy and student learning outcomes. Specifically, she is exploring the developmental outcomes for
  students who are engaged in fieldwork and service-learning experiences. Patti is also interested in the
  growing Afghanistan and Iraqi war veteran population, specifically veterans who have sustained traumatic
  brain injury and amputation. She is in the process of developing research that utilizes a home-based
  therapeutic recreation program that is designed to promote health and reduce secondary complications of
  disability among veterans.

Chris Harrist, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
   Dr. Harrist holds a M.S. in Information Systems from Tarleton State University, and a Ph.D. in Youth
   Development from Texas A&M University. His research interest lies in understanding the contextual and
   programmatic components that lead to positive developmental opportunities and outcomes for youth.
   When not engaged in academic pursuits, Chris enjoys spending time with his family (wife and two sons),
   playing basketball and golf, and coaching youth sports.

Boyd Hegarty, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
   Boyd received a B.A. in psychology from Denison University, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees within the
   Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies at Indiana University, with doctoral minors in
   educational psychology and gerontology. Much of his professional experience has been in the camp
   industry in various roles including counselor, program director, and director. Boyd’s research focuses on
   creativity within the leisure experience. Most recently he has been working with a research team
   investigating creative leisure with adults and older adults in Shanghai, China; exploring
   connections between adult leisure education, creativity, subjective well-being, and balance. Boyd loves
   basketball (playing and watching IU), cooking (and eating), hiking, and pursuing just about anything fun
   with family and friends.

Ann Morgan, Re.D.
Associate Professor
   Dr. Morgan received her Doctorate in Recreation and Park Administration from Indiana University where
   she also studied at the I.U. School of Law. She completed her Master’s degree at Penn State University
   and received her undergraduate degree from Hanover College in Indiana. She served as President of the
   Society of Park and Recreation Educators, National Recreation and Park Association and served two terms
   on its Board of Directors. Prior to working in education, Dr. Morgan held positions in employee services,
   municipal, and recreational sports settings. She is the Coordinator of the department’s Program
   Administration Option and teaches courses within the core. Her professional interests are related to legal

   and public policy issues as well as diversity, peace and recreation. Ann enjoys renovating a 1790s home,
   canoeing, kayaking, fishing and the occasional round of golf.

Janet Sable, Ed.D., CTRS/L
Chair and Professor
   Dr. Sable received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, completed her Master’s
   degree at Northeastern University, and received her Doctorate from Boston University. She served on the
   Board of Directors of NCTRC and as its Chair from 1987-1988. She has served on national committees
   for both ATRA and NTRS. Prior to coming to the University of New Hampshire, Dr. Sable worked as a
   practitioner in a variety of therapeutic recreation positions in both clinical and community settings.
   Research areas include the use of therapeutic recreation interventions to promote health and wellness for
   persons with disabilities and trans disciplinary practice. Janet loves to travel and to experience other
   cultures and get out of her comfort zone. She is an avid Red Sox, Steeler and Michigan sport fan.

Allison Wilder, Ph.D., CTRS/L
Assistant Professor
    Dr. Wilder received her M.S. in Leisure Studies, with an emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation from the
    State University of New York, Cortland College and her Ph.D. in Education and Post Master’s Certificate
    in Aging Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University. Following 20 years of work as a practitioner,
    Dr. Wilder is researching the leisure-related needs and desires of aging persons with lifelong disabilities,
    the use of serious leisure as a mechanism for successful transition to retirement, and service learning as
    teaching modality. In her leisure time, Allison can be found out in her garden, skiing the blue/blacks or
    enjoying the great outdoors.

Sean McLaughlin, M.S.
   Sean earned a M.S. in Recreation Management and Policy from the University of New Hampshire in
   2007. He also holds a B.A. from California State University in Psychology. Aside from his time spent at
   UNH earning his Master’s degree, Sean has been living, working and playing in ski resort towns of the
   West for the majority of his adult life. Prior to his arrival at UNH as a lecturer, he called Sun Valley,
   Idaho home. Sean’s academic interests lie in active lifestyle and quality of life research, specifically
   related to outdoor recreation and transportation. In his personal life, Sean is a passionate cyclist and
   Nordic skier, a devoted father and husband, and eternally optimistic.

                        Department of Recreation Management and Policy
                                  Clinical Instructor Profiles

Jill Gravink, M.S., CTRS/L
Clinical Assistant Professor
Founder and Director, Northeast Passage
 Jill is a 1986 graduate of the Therapeutic Recreation Option at the University of New Hampshire. She gained
     experience first working in a community based leisure education program for teens and young adults with
     developmental disabilities. She moved on to work as a Senior Staff Therapist at Northeast Rehabilitation
     Hospital, where she also developed an aquatics program. Currently, Jill is the Founder and Director of
     Northeast Passage, a community based program that uses sports and recreation to increase independence and
     quality of life for individuals with physical disabilities, their friends and families. Northeast Passage also
     consults with general recreation providers to improve accessibility. Jill teaches courses in the Therapeutic
     Recreation Option.

Thomas Carr, CTRS/L
Clinical Instructor
 Tom is a 1997 graduate of the Therapeutic Recreation Option at the University of New Hampshire. He gained
   experience as the founder and director of the Adaptive Ski Center at Mount Snow in Vermont. Tom is involved
   in planning and implementing programs with Northeast Passage. He specializes in adaptive recreation,
   universal design, and sport development. Tom teaches a course in the Therapeutic Recreation Option, as well
   as an elective. He enjoys golf, skiing, and all water sports.

Crystal Skahan, M.S., CTRS/L
Program Specialist
 Crystal is a 2001 graduate of the Therapeutic Recreation Option of the Recreation, Parks and Leisure Services
   Department at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Her experience comes from three years of work at a
   community leisure and recreation program for people with developmental disabilities. She is currently
   involved in planning and implementing programs with Northeast Passage. Crystal enjoys the outdoors, sports,
   crocheting and music.

David Lee, MS., CTRS/L
Clinical Instructor
 David is a 1996 graduate of the Therapeutic Recreation Option at the University of New Hampshire. His
   experience comes from 3 years working in TBI rehabilitation and 2 years in Psychiatry at the Children’s
   Hospital in Boston. Currently David is involved in planning and implementing programs with Northeast
   Passage, specializing in adaptive sports, school programs, and preventative education to SCI clientele. David
   enjoys the outdoors and activities such as sailing, rock climbing, hiking and skiing.

Matthew Frye, CTRS/L
Program Coordinator
□ Matt is a 2002 graduate of the Therapeutic Recreation option of the University of New Hampshire, Recreation
   Management and Policy Department. Matt’s focus is school based Therapeutic Recreation with a special
   interest in social skill development and recreation for children with developmental disabilities. When not hard
   at work, Matt enjoys coaching and playing recreational team sports.

Cara Carr, CTRS/L
Program Specialist
□ Cara is a 2002 graduate of the Therapeutic Recreation option at the University of New Hampshire. Her
   experience comes from two years working in a rehabilitation hospital in Concord, NH. She is currently
   involved in planning and implementing programs with Northeast Passage, specializing in adaptive sports,
   and health and wellness prevention programs. Cara enjoys soccer, hiking, skiing, and the outdoors.

Keely Ames
Development Coordinator
□ Keely is a 2005 graduate of St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont. She has a degree in journalism
   and mass communication. She comes to Northeast Passage after an intensive internship in fundraising
   events with Special Olympics Vermont. Keely coordinates the marketing and fundraising efforts of
   Northeast Passage, as well as the Rite of Passage events. Keely enjoys sailing, traveling and spending time
   with her family in Maine.

Cathy Thompson, CTRS/L
Program Specialist
□ Cathy is a 1993 graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a dual degree in Therapeutic
   Recreation and Outdoor education. Her experience comes from 13+ years working with child and
   adolescent populations in a psychiatric setting at Hampstead Hospital in Hampstead, NH. Cathy is
   currently involved in the TREK and PATH programs at Northeast Passage and is the coach for the
   competitive Nordic Skiing program. When not working, Cathy enjoys the outdoors, times with friends,
   family, animals, woodworking and painting.

                                              Department of

                                   Recreation Management and Policy

                                       Selected Internship Sites
                                     Therapeutic Recreation Option

Casa Colina Hospital                        225 East Bonita Ave.
                                            Romona, CA 91767
Charter North Hospital                      2530 Debarr Road
                                            Anchorage, AK 99508
Children’s Hospital                         200 Henry Clay Ave.
                                            New Orleans, LA 70118
Duke University Medical Center              Box 3965
                                            Durham, NC 27710
Good Samaritan Hospital                     407-14th Ave. SE, PO Box 1247
                                            Puyallup, WA 98371
Kernan Hospital                             2200 Kernan Drive
                                            Baltimore, MD 21207
Magee Rehabilitation Hospital               6 Franklin Plaza
                                            Philadelphia, PA 19102
Massachusetts Hospital School               3 Randolph Street
                                            Canton, MA 02021
National Ability Center                     PO Box 682799
                                            Park City, UT 84068
National Institutes of Health               10 Center Drive
                                            MSC 1950
                                            Bethesda, MD 20892
National Rehabilitation Hospital            102 Irving Street, NW
                                            Washington, DC 20010
New Hampshire Hospital                      36 Clinton Street
                                            Concord, NH 03301
North Carolina Baptist Hospital             Department of Therapeutic Recreation
                                            Winston-Salem, NC 27157
Northeast Passage                           University of New Hampshire
                                            Hewitt Hall, Room 108
                                            Durham, NH 03824
Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital           70 Butler Street
                                            Salem, NH 03079
Shepherd Center                             2020 Peachtree Rd, NW
                                            Atlanta, GA 30309
Vanderbilt Rehabilitation Hospital          11 Friendship Street
                                            Newport, RI 02840

                                             A Sample of

                      Initial or Current Employers of UNH TR Graduates
 Site                                                    Address:
Braintree Hospital                            250 Pond Street
                                              Braintree, MA 02184
Brattleboro Retreat                           75 Linden Street
                                              Brattleboro, VT 05302
Catholic Medical Center                       100 MacGregor Street
                                              Manchester, NH 03102
Center for Neurobehavioral Rehabilitation     775 Trapelo Road
                                              Waltham, MA 02154
Children’s Hospital                           300 Longwood Ave.
                                              Boston, MA 02115
Children’s Psychiatric Hospital               1001 Yale Blvd. NE
                                              Albuquerque, NM 87131
Easter Seals Society of New Hampshire         555 Auburn Street
                                              Manchester, NH 03103
Greenery Rehabilitation Hospital              99 Chestnut Hill Ave.
                                              Brighton, MA 02135
Hanover Hill Healthcare Center                700 Hanover Street
                                              Manchester, NH 03104
Havenwood-Heritage Heights                    33 Christian Ave.
                                              Concord, NH 03301
Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital           254 Pleasant Street
                                              Concord, NH 03301
Integrated Health Services                    8 Peabody Road
                                              Derry, NH 03038
Jewish Memorial Hospital                      59 Townsend Drive
                                              Roxbury, MA 02119
Laconia Center                                175 Blueberry Lane
Genesis ElderCare Network                     Laconia, NH 03246
National Institutes of Health                 10 Center Street , MSC 1950
                                              Bethesda, MD 20892
Northeast Passage                             UNH Hewitt Hall Room 108
                                              Durham, NH 03824
Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital             70 Butler Street
                                              Salem, NH 03079
Odyssey House                                 367 Shaker Road
                                              Canterbury, NH 03224
Oregon State Hospital                         2575 Bittern Street
                                              Salem, OR 97301
Outdoor Explorations                          98 Winchester Street
                                              Medford, MA 02155
Phoenix Children’s Hospital                   1111 East McDonald, T4-D
                                              Phoenix, AZ 85006
Portsmouth Pavilion                           343 Borthwick Ave.

                                          Portsmouth, NH 03801
Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific    226 North Kuakihi Street
                                          Honolulu, HI 96817
RiverRidge                                33 Cat Mousam Road
                                          Kennebec, ME 04043
Riverside Psychiatric Institute           420 J. Clyde Morris Blvd.
                                          Newport News, VA 23606
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital         125 Nashua Street
                                          Boston, MA 02114
St. Vincent’s Hospital                    275 North Street
                                          Harrison, NY 10528
The Children’s Hospital                   1056 East 19th. Ave.
                                          Denver, CO 80218
University of North Carolina Hospital     101 Manning Drive
                                          Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Vanderbilt Rehabilitation Hospital        11 Friendship Street
                                          Newport, RI 02840
Warm Springs Rehabilitation Hospital      5101 Medical Drive
                                          San Antonio, TX 78229
Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital          150 Flanders Road
                                          PO Box 1250
                                          Westborough, MA 01581
Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center      Box 103
                                          Fischerville, VA 22939


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