Minor in Therapeutic Recreation

Contact Person:

Kathleen M O'Rourke, Chair
101A Dunn, (315) 267-3392, orourkkm@potsdam.edu

18 credit hours required.

The Therapeutic Recreation minor is designed to prepare graduates to assist Special Populations (those with physical, emotional, or intellectual challenges) to engage in Adventure Based activities.Graduates will have the training and expertise to implement Adventure Based programs which utilize challenge courses and climbing facilities.These Adventure Based activities which focus on challenge, trust,cooperation and teamwork, will assist Special Populations using their leisure time in engaging, healthy, and meaningful ways.Those who seek to lead programs which focus onoutdoor rock and ice climbing, backpacking, winter camping, and mountaineering for special populations require the additional coursework, which can be found in the Wilderness Education minor.The Therapeutic Recreation minor will provide students with some preparation for graduate level Therapeutic Recreation programs or National Therapeutic Recreations Society certification; additional coursework may be required for some graduate programs and for certification.

A minimum of 18 hours of credit is required of all students seeking a Therapeutic Recreation minor. Students must earn at least a 2.0 in each course to receive credit for the minor.

This minor is open to all students regardless of major. Students may use (i.e., "double count") only two courses to fulfill requirements for both the minor and their major.

To declare the Therapeutic Recreation minor, contact the chair of the Department of Community Health or the Wilderness Education Coordinator.

All courses are 3 credits unless noted. Credits are divided as follows:

Core Courses

Therapeutic Recreation
WILD 160 Introduction to Rock Climbing
WILD 360 Leadership in Adventure Education
HLTH 479 Minor Seminar: Therapeutic Recreation Section
(2 credits)

Electives: choose three of the following

HLTH 165
Health: A Lifestyles Approach Added
HLTH 250
Drug Studies
HLTH 325
Alcohol Studies
HLTH 430
Human Disease (Prereq.: BIOL 107) Changed from Core Course to Elective Course
PSYC 220
Child Psychopathology
PSYC 321
Adolescent Psychology(Prereq.: PSYC 100 or 220)  
PSYC 322
Mental Retardation (Prereq: PSYC 100 & 220 or permission)  
PSYC 323
Adulthood, Middle Age & Aging (Prereq:PSYC 100 & 220; Offered occasionally)  
PSYC 364
Counseling Theory and Methods (Prereq: PSYC 370 or 375)  
PSYC 375
Abnormal Psychology (Prereq: PSYC 100)  
PSYC 376
Child Psychopathology(Prereq: PSYC 375)  
SOCI 335
Sociology of Aging(Prereq: SOCI 101) Added  
SOCI 385
Sociology of Troubled Youth (Prereq: SOCI 101) Added  
SOCI 390
Sociology of Mental Illness(Prereq: SOCI 101) Added  
SOCI 465
Sociology of Health and Illness (Prereq: SOCI 101) Added