Professional Skills and Person-Centred Approaches in Therapeutic Recreation

Applied Community Studies
Therapeutic Recreation
Course Code
THRT 1122
Semester Length
15 Weeks
Max Class Size
Method(s) Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
This course will introduce the emerging TR professional to important values, ethics and skills that guide TR practice. Awareness of person-centred practice that includes being strength-based, becoming culturally conscious, and developing an understanding of self-reflective practice are a strong foundation of effective TR service delivery.
Course Content

The following global ideas guide the design and delivery of this course.

Course content will be guided by current research, empirical knowledge, and best practice.  The following values and principles, consistent with professional standards, inform course content.

  • Knowledge of the health care and human service systems and understanding the role and function of therapeutic recreation and allied disciplines within service systems provides context for understanding the range of roles within the TR profession.

  • Investigating the therapeutic recreation field from an emerging professional’s perspective promotes discovery of roles, responsibilities, scope of practice, and standards of practice.

  • Exploring professional skills promotes an understanding of standards of conduct and ethical responsibilities of a TR practitioner.

  • Appreciating the disciplinary lens of other professionals and paraprofessionals help increase understandings of the systems TR professionals work within, leading to opportunities for inter-professional collaboration.

  • Understanding the key principles of a person-centred approach includes respect, communication, client participation in care, empowerment and continuity of care, and guides professional therapeutic recreation practice.

  • Demonstrating awareness and understanding of diversity including cultural consciousness and diverse worldviews is essential to promoting equity in TR practice.

  • Developing a growth mindset and resiliency strategies through self-reflective practice supports sustainable skills in professional practice.

Learning Activities

The methods of instruction for this course may include some or all of the following:

  • Lecture
  • Group Work
  • Presentations
  • Community Experiences
  • Case Studies
Means of Assessment

This course will conform to the Douglas College Evaluaiton Policy regarding the number and weighting of evaluations.

Typical means of evaluation may include some or all of the following:

  • written papers
  • exams
  • presentations (individual or group)
  • participation

This is a graded course.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:


  1. Discuss the roles and interrelationships of diverse leisure service delivery systems, including therapeutic recreation, recreation and health promotion.

  2. Describe standards of practice and ethical responsibilities in TR professional practice.

  3. Discuss the role of inter-professional collaboration for the TR profession.

  4. Discuss a strength-based, person-centred approach and its application to TR practice.

  5. Describe the concept of cultural consciousness and diverse worldviews.

  6. Create wellness and self-care strategies for sustainable professional practice.



Textbook Materials

Textbook:  A list of textbooks and materials is provided for students at the beginning of each semester.



No prerequisite courses.


No corequisite courses.


No equivalent courses.

Course Guidelines

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Course Transfers

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Institution Transfer Details for THRT 1122
There are no applicable transfer credits for this course.

Course Offerings

Summer 2023