FULL-TIME | WINNIPEG LOCATIONS RECFF-CT Recreation Facilitator for Older Adults

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RRC is continually evaluating programs to ensure that the program best meets our students’ needs.

The Recreation Facilitator for Older Adults program has changed to Therapeutic Recreation Facilitator for Older Adults.

Admission Requirements

If your academic history includes any of the following, please visit me.rrc.mb.ca/Catalogue/Information/MyEducation for important information: post-secondary studies at an institution other than Red River College; Modified (M), English as an Additional Language (E), or GED high school courses; or home schooling.

It is recommended that you have basic computer skills, familiarity with word processing and using the Internet for research. If you do not have these skills, it is strongly recommended that you take a basic computer skills course.

Upon acceptance into the program, submit an Adult Criminal Record/Vulnerable Sector (ACRVS) check document, dated no more than six months prior to you attending the practicum. See CO/OP Practicum Information for details.

Regular Admission Requirements

  1. Successful completion of Grade 12 including one credit in:
  • Grade 12 English.

Mature Student Admission Requirements
If you are 19 years of age or older and have been out of high school for a minimum of one year at time of application, and you do not meet the regular admission requirements, you may apply under the Mature Student admission requirements.

  1. Successful completion of Grade 12 English

Locations, Dates and Fees

Costs (estimates only; subject to change)

Program/Student Fees
Year 1
Books and Supplies
Year 1
Other Fees
Year 1
1includes $300.00 non-refundable deposit
2Health and Dental

Students may apply for financial assistance through the Manitoba Student Aid program. For general information on applying please call 204-945-6321 or 1-800-204-1685, or visit their website at www.manitobastudentaid.ca, which also includes an online application. For detailed information, please visit one of the RRC Student Service Centres or call 204-632-2327. Applicants requiring financial assistance should complete their student loan applications well in advance of the class start date.

Red River College is a participating institution in the HigherEdPoints program. Through this program, students are able to convert Aeroplan® Miles and TD Points into funds to help cover their tuition. Family members and friends can also contribute to a student’s education by converting their loyalty points - anyone can donate their points to an individual student.

Visit the HigherEdPoints website for more information about the program and/or to set up an account to convert your points.

Courses and Descriptions

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Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
In addition to Transfer of Credit from a recognized post secondary institution, other RPL processes are available for RPL courses. Click here for more information. For courses with no RPL, please check www.rrc.ca/rpl for additional contact information.
COMM-1170Interpersonal Communication 1
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Content is focused on human communication experienced in the helping professions. Emphasis is placed upon the student's growth, self-knowledge and behaviour in groups. Instructional methods will include discussions and activities to expand understanding and experience.

COMM-2162Writing Skills - Intermediate
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This course will build on students' basic writing skills. The course will cover grammar and sentence structure, mind mapping, development of paragraphs, putting it all together in a research paper, and the use of APA format.

HCAP-1006Introduction to Gerontology
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Explore the concepts of the aging process. Examine the critical issues that affect aging, personal adaptation to aging, and community resources. Topics include the demography of aging, societal and personal attitudes to aging, major theories of aging, physical aging, psycho-social aging, economic, social and political factors.

PRAC-1028Community Based Field Work
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(No description available at this time)

PRAC-1039Facility Based Field Work
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RECF-1001TR Adaptations & Intervention
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Develop an awareness of how physical, emotional and social disabilities may limit performance and learn to adapt activity programs to meet an individual's specific needs.

RECF-1003Cognitive Impairment
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Improve your confidence in working with clients with Alzheimer's Disease and related dementia disorders. Examine causes, functional ability, assets, deficits and communication. Through practical case studies and situations, learn about therapeutic activities that will enhance the functioning of this population.

RECF-1006Dealing With Loss
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Examine the various types of losses that occur throughout the life span, and the methods of providing support in these situations, relating to the elderly in particular. Learn to identify the stages of grief and develop an awareness of the grief process. Explore pastoral/spiritual care, death and bereavement.

RECF-1008Documentation Skills in TR
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Become familiar with documentation skills and how they apply to therapeutic programming, the planning process and assessment. Discover the value of assessment as an ongoing process, and learn charting etiquette and technique. Discuss different charting styles, and the issues of confidentiality in relation to documentation.

RECF-1016Group Dynamics in TR
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Obtain an understanding of the theoretical and practical experience required to learn the processes involved in group dynamics.  Develop competent group skills through group activities an observational learning.  Study group communication, diversity, leadership, and how groups make decisions.  Learn how to build a strong team. 

RECF-1019Leisure Concepts in TR
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Participate in this study of leisure, recreation, activity and the therapeutic process. Examine the philosophy and rationale behind leisure and recreation opportunities for elderly clients.  Learn about the history of leisure and recreation, and the benefits and barriers of it in our own lives and the lives of our clients. Clarify your own beliefs, values and priorities related to the topic.

RECF-1021Program Planning in TR
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Become familiar with the different concepts and methods involved in assessing, planning, organizing, implementing and evaluating programs within facility-based and community-based settings. Learn how to assess your client's needs, deal with leisure barriers and determine the differences between individual and group planning.

RECF-1023Specialized TR Applications
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Explore a variety of specialized recreation applications for older adults in community and institutional settings. Topics will cover volunteer inclusion, special event planning, sensory stimulation, cognitive programs, music programs, food-related programs, horticultural programs, intergenerational programs, movement/exercise programs, animal assisted programs, humour programs, reminiscing programs and spiritual programs. Upon completion of the course, you will be able to implement program options that meet the expected outcomes of your clients' care plan.

RECF-1025Working With Volunteers
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Develop the necessary tools to assist staff in working with volunteers. Focus on creating a comfortable climate for volunteers and employees to work together. Supervision, motivation and retention will be studied. Learn how to plan with, and assist volunteers to work to their fullest potential.

RECF-1035Therapeutic Fitness Leader
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This course will allow you to gain the theoretical and practical proficiency to develop and implement safe, therapeutic fitness programs for seniors at varying levels of functional well being. The course will involve study in the areas of human anatomy and physiology, basic fitness components, leadership development techniques, strength/resistance training theory/design/ implementation, specific challenges/common disorders/ safety considerations for working with the older adult population and program design, implementation and evaluation for programs at varying levels of functional abilities (independent/high; moderate; or low functioning). Skills such as how to incorporate music, how to adapt the class to work with different levels at once, how to provide progressions and how to utilize different apparatus/equipment to provide variety and prevent over-use or over-training. At the conclusion of this course the students will be able to develop and implement at least 1 exercise program for all 3 functional levels that they can use in the workplace. 

SEMR-9078Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (r) Training Program
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The Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (R) Program is a safe, non-harmful behaviour management system designed to aid human service professionals in the management of disruptive and assaultive people, even during the most violent moments. It has been developed by the Crisis Prevention Institute, a training organization devoted to training staff in the safe management of potentially violent individuals.

CO-OP/Practicum Information

To be eligible to register in the practicum, you must:

1. Successfully complete all theory courses
2. Submit an Adult Criminal Record/Vulnerable Sector (ACRVS) check document, dated no more than six months prior to you attending the practicum. You must submit the original document, not a copy. For more information, see /Catalogue/files/File/coned/CriminalRecFullTime.pdf


Objectives/Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, you should have the skills to:

  • Communicate using active listening as well as written, verbal, and non-verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrate personal integrity and accountability in all roles and responsibilities
  • Demonstrate professionalism by participating in life-long learning and advocating for the profession 
  • Apply the skills necessary to plan, promote, and deliver therapeutic programs 
  • Evaluate programs based on identified goals and objectives and make necessary modifications
  • Comply with workplace safety, privacy, and health regulations   
  • Demonstrate supervisory skills through planning, coordinating, and delegating tasks related to ongoing programming 
  • Create individual, small group, and large group program plans 
  • Use a variety of technologies to communicate, research, create documents, and utilize facility-specific software
  • Commit to advocating and supporting the individual through a sincere understanding of their holistic needs
  • Work within a recreation budget and perform related basic tasks
  • Use the appropriate documentation process for the assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of all aspects of the profession


Transfer Credit Opportunities

Graduates of this program may be eligible for unallocated transfer credit by the University of Manitoba's Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management, for use toward the Bachelor of Recreation Management and Community Development degree program. 

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process which documents and compares an individual's prior learning gained from prior education, work and life experiences and personal study to the learning outcomes in College courses/programs. For more information, please visit www.rrc.ca/rpl.

Graduate Employment Report

Red River College surveys its graduates on an annual basis to collect data related to the graduates’ employment status, salary, occupation and skill use. In addition, graduates are asked to indicate their level of satisfaction regarding the education they received at Red River College.

Visit www.rrc.ca/numbers/reports/graduate-satisfaction for graduate satisfaction and employment reports.

Graduation Requirements

To graduate, you must complete all theory-based courses with a minimum mark of C+, 65 percent.

You will not be granted more than 75 percent of your credit requirements for graduation through transfer of credit.

When you have completed all the required courses in this program, be sure to apply for your certificate. Call the Continuing and Distance Education office to apply at 204-694-1789 or toll-free at 1-866-242-7073. When you receive your certificate, you will be invited to participate in one of the College's semi-annual graduation ceremonies.

Graduation with Honours
If you obtain a grade point average (GPA) of 3.8 or better for the program, you will graduate with honours.  If you fail any course in the program, you will not be eligible for this honours designation.

Contact Information

For more information, contact:

School of Continuing Education
E113 - 2055 Notre Dame Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3H 0J9
Phone: 204-694-1789 or 1-866-242-7073 (toll-free)
Fax: 204-633-6489
E-mail: cde@rrc.ca 

Admitted students may submit their criminal record and abuse registry check documents to:
Carolyn Pfau
Room F109, Notre Dame Campus



How to Apply

For information on how to apply to this program, follow the link below.


Student Evaluation of Program

Every year Red River College surveys students, in all full-time programs, to learn more about their college experience. The questionnaire includes questions about students’ experiences with College programs, facilities, and services offered.

Visit www.rrc.ca/numbers/reports/student-evaluation-of-program for student evaluation of program reports.

College Support Services

Red River College is committed to student success and provides valuable support services to assist in helping students make the most of their time at RRC.

Visit www.rrc.ca/supports for more information.

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