Curriculum Guideline

Assessment and Program Planning in Therapeutic Recreation

Effective Date:
Course Code
THRT 2301
Assessment and Program Planning in Therapeutic Recreation
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 Of Instruction
Methods Of Instruction
  • Lecture/discussion
  • Media
  • Computer applications
  • Case studies
  • Small group discussions with peer feedback
Course Description
This course focuses on client assessment and developing therapeutic recreation programs that meet client needs. Students will apply assessment techniques and use the results to develop, implement and evaluate individual program plans. Systems theory will be used to analyze, conceptualize, investigate and determine therapeutic recreation programs and services for groups.
Course Content


  • Assessment techniques including leisure interview, client observation, and secondary data
  • Standardized assessment instruments
  • Client centered philosophy of assessment
  • Ecological perspective as it applies to assessment
  • Assessment summary including client strengths and needs

Plan, Implement and Evaluate Individual Program Plans

  • Client centered goals and objectives
  • Ecological perspective applied to goals and objectives
  • Monitoring individual program plans
  • Evaluating individual program plans
  • Goal attainment scaling and other methods for documenting evaluation

Therapeutic Recreation Program Planning

  • Systems theory: analysis, conceptualization, investigation and determination
  • Therapeutic recreation department philosophy, mission, goals

Program Protocols

  • Program outcomes
  • TR interventions and activities
  • Client criteria
  • Program structure
  • Evaluation plan
Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply a variety of therapeutic recreation assessment techniques
  2. Apply therapeutic recreation assessment results to individual program plans for individuals
  3. Implement and evaluate individual program plans
  4. Apply systems theory to develop therapeutic recreation services and programs
  5. Develop and document therapeutic recreation programs and services using program protocols.
Means of Assessment

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

  • Written assignments
  • Class participation in discussions, small group work
  • Presentations
  • Tests

This is a letter graded course.

Textbook Materials


Which Prerequisite