Inclusive Leisure Practice

Curriculum Guideline

Effective Date:
Course Code
THRT 2306
Inclusive Leisure Practice
Therapeutic Recreation
Applied Community Studies
Start Date
End Term
Semester Length
Flexible delivery ranging over 1 to 15 weeks
Max Class Size
Contact Hours
60 hours
Method(s) Of Instruction
Learning Activities
  • Lecture/discussion
  • Group work
  • Simulations
Course Description
This course introduces a variety of perspectives on inclusion and encourages awareness of self and society as students examine values, feelings and behaviours in relation to issues of diversity. Students will apply systems theory to deepen their understanding of how individuals adjust to disabling conditions and how to promote inclusive practices, focusing on community inclusion in leisure and recreation.
Course Content

Self Awareness

  • Personal beliefs, attitudes, values, feelings and behaviours in understanding disability issues
  • Self-reflection and self-awareness
  • The impact of personal and professional values on potential practice in recreation and health promotion

Historical  Perspective

  • A historical perspective, evolution of services
  • The process of devaluation: segregation, institutionalization
  • Human rights: punishment, poverty, restrictions, advocacy
  • Perceptions of ability/disability

Systems Theory

  • A holistic, ecological perspective
  • Socio-cultural, environmental and psychological factors
  • Individual, family, community perspectives
  • Systems common in leisure, recreation and health promotion

Humanistic Perspective:  Therapeutic Relationships

  • Strategies to contribute to self reliance, interdependence and quality of life
  • Building the helping relationship: values and therapeutic recreation
  • Pragmatism, competence, respect, genuineness
  • Helping clients develop self-efficacy
  • Social role valorization

Inclusive Practice and Community Recreation Integration

  • Person-centred approach to recreation and health promotion
  • Overview of disabling conditions
  • Self empowerment:  competence, contribution, control and connection
  • Barriers to equal access: physical and psychological
  • Values, social roles and their implications for leisure, recreation and health
  • Community and community building
  • Leisure and recreation inclusive practice
  • Elements of community integration including:  physical and psychological access, interdependence,   relationships, friendships, and community
  • Types and processes of advocacy.
Learning Outcomes

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

  1. engage in ongoing self reflection and recognize the importance of self awareness to effective practice in recreation and health promotion
  2. analyze current and historical human service practices for people with disabilities in Canada
  3. apply systems theory to comprehend the socio-cultural, environmental, physical and psychological aspects of living with a disability
  4. describe the values of a humanistic perspective in working with diverse individuals and groups
  5. examine barriers to inclusion in leisure and recreation services
  6. explain the relationship between empowerment, social roles and interdependence
  7. adopt a consumer-centred philosophy in the promotion of inclusive practices and advocacy.
Means of Assessment

This course will conform to Douglas College policy regarding the number and weighting of evaluations.  An evaluation schedule is presented at the beginning of the course.  Typical means of evaluation will include a combination of written assignments, presentations and testing.


This is a graded course.

Textbook Materials

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

Resources include:

  • Selected readings from a variety of textbooks
  • Selected audio-visual and computer resources
  • Selected readings from books and journals
  • Fine arts, adaptive equipment and supplies.

Which Prerequisite