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Mission, Vision and Values
of Therapeutic Recreation
The Therapeutic Recreation programmission reflects those of Longwood University and the Department of Health, Athletic Training, Recreation and Kinesiology.
“The Therapeutic Recreation program is committed to the development of ethical and socially responsible citizens prepared to contribute to the common good of society and to the welfare of the Therapeutic Recreation profession.”
The vision of the Therapeutic Recreation program will embrace academic and societal trends and adhere to the needs of people on campus and in the local community.
Specifically, the Therapeutic Recreation program will:
- provide a quality education that reflects distinguished academic preparation;
- foster the awareness of leisure services and promotes the education of Therapeutic Recreation through programs and events on campus and in the community;
- advocate as citizen leaders for acceptance and inclusion of all persons; and
- prepare competent and qualified entry-level Therapeutic Recreation professionals.
At the core value that gives meaning and direction to the Therapeutic Recreation Program at Longwood University is the belief that all persons, regardless of any specific characteristic, have an inherent right to, and need for, leisure experiences with opportunities for expression.
We believe that leisure experiences provide opportunities for pleasure, freedom of expression, and self-determination, which enhance the quality of individual life and are vital to one’s overall health and well-being.
We believe that the professional preparation program is grounded in leisure philosophy and theory that embraces the liberal arts, social and health sciences.
We believe in and are committed to such values as diversity, inclusive practice and enhancing the quality of life for all individuals.
We believe that our model curriculum of excellence will produce a competent, multi-skilled graduate committed to citizen leadership, social responsibility and professionalism.
We believe that faculty committed to continuing education, research, and professional service is essential to foster student performance and professional accountability.
We believe that the professional-education program in Therapeutic Recreation must include highly specialized and focused coursework in order to prepare our students for the increasing challenges facing professionals in therapeutic recreation, health-care and community organizations.
Furthermore, we believe that inherent in the professional’s assumption of diverse roles and functions, there is a need to master professional competencies such as the certification standards of the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC), the accreditation standards of the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and other Related Professions (COAPRT) and those designated by the Therapeutic Recreation Program within each specific course.