Communication Skills for Recreation and Health Professionals

Curriculum Guideline

Effective Date:
Course Code
THRT 1205
Communication Skills for Recreation and Health Professionals
Therapeutic Recreation
Applied Community Studies
Start Date
End Term
Not Specified
Semester Length
Flexible delivery ranging over 2 to 15 weeks
Max Class Size
Contact Hours
60 Hours
Method(s) Of Instruction
Learning Activities

The methods of instructions for this course will include some or all of the following:

  • Lecture
  • Small group discussion
  • Use of media
  • Practice communication sessions
  • Video and audio recordings of leisure interviews
Course Description
This course focuses on the principles and practices of effective interpersonal communication. Learners will increase their self-awareness and communication skills and be able to explain and use the interpersonal communication process. The impact of technology, culture and gender on language and relationships will be explored. Learners will be introduced to helping skills including attending, paraphrasing, questioning, empathy and summarizing. Learners will be able to apply these skills through conversational leisure interviews.
Course Content

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

  1. Foundations of interpersonal communication include an exploration of the transactional communication model and process along with the nature of communication within cultural and computer-mediated contexts.
  2. Communication competence includes effective active listening and empathetic responding skills along with self-reflective practice.
  3. Self-awareness guides the perception process and self-concept is shaped through language, gender, and cultural values.
  4. Empathy, compassion, and self-disclosure are valuable skill sets within interpersonal relationships.
  5. Verbal communication is a symbolic, rule-based, subjective, culture-bound process.
  6. Development of person-centred language includes awareness of power, bias, racist and sexist language.
  7. Nonverbal communication incorporates the reflective listening process, awareness and expresssion of emotions and an understanding of the impact of culture and gender.
  8. Interpersonal communication skills are strengthened with supportive communication climates, and with understanding of the roles of interpersonal dynamics, conflict, and self-disclosure.
  9. Leisure interviews are an essential component of assessment in the TR process.
  10. Helping skills including attending, paraphrasing, questions, silence, empathy, self-disclosure, and summarizing are an important component of conducting an effective conversational leisure interview.
Learning Outcomes

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

1. Describe the nature of interpersonal communication and the communication process.

2. Explore self-awareness, empathy, and perception, along with the impact on self-concept.

3. Describe the characteristics of langugae and nonverbal communication skills and integrate these skills into personal communication.

4. Describe the impact of culture, gender, and social media on language and interpersonal relationships.

5. Develop conversational leisure interview questions.

6. Demonstrate helping skills while conducting a leisure interview.

Means of Assessment

This course will conform to the Douglas College Evaluation Policy regarding the number and weighting of evaluations. Typical means of evaluation would include a combination of:

  • Written assignments
  • Presentations
  • Testing

This is a graded course

Textbook Materials

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

Which Prerequisite