Recreation Leadership II

Applied Community Studies
Therapeutic Recreation
Course Code
THRT 2406
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method(s) Of Instruction
Course Designation
Industry Designation
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
The purpose of this course is to provide students with the theoretical foundation for understanding and leading effective groups. The theory of groups and group dynamics will be explored as well as factors influencing effective and ineffective groups. Useful leadership strategies will be practiced and strategies for effective decision making and problem solving will be applied to group facilitation techniques.
Course Content
  • Theoretical foundation for understanding and leading effective groups
  • Theory of groups and group dynamics
  • Factors influencing effective and ineffective groups
  • Useful leadership strategies
  • Strategies for effective decision making and problem solving
  • Group facilitation techniques

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

  • Effective group programming allows participants to build positive interpersonal relationships, think critically and enjoy a positive learning environment.
  • Understanding group dynamics and development including functions of a group guide the leader to meet the needs of the participants through purposeful interventions and evidence-based outcomes.
  • The use of compassionate communication encourages group cohesion and supports a safe space to meet group goals and individual outcomes.
  • Engaging volunteers leads to programming success and benefits for the leader, volunteer and participant.
  • Applying conflict resolution and management strategies in groups offer opportunity for personal growth of participants.
  • Effective leadership skills facilitate group programming that meet the physical, cognitive, social, spiritual and emotional needs of participants.
  • Group programming functions as a therapeutic intervention.
  • Observing groups and gathering information on participants allows a leader to report relevant data to interdisciplinary team members to ensure collaboration and best practice.
Learning Activities
  • Lecture/discussion
  • Small group leadership
  • Team-based exercises
Means of Assessment

Assessment will be based on course objectives and will be carried out in accordance with the Douglas College Evaluation Policy. An evaluation schedule is presented at the beginning of the course. This is a graded course.

Typical means of assessment include a combination of:

  • Written Assignments
  • Tests
  • Presentations

Students in the TR program, both diploma and degree students, are required to attain a minimum of 60% (C letter grade) in all courses utilized for credit towards a diploma and/or degree in Therapeutic Recreation in order to progress in the program.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Define group process and identify the stages of group development;

  2. Explore the principles of group dynamics and identify factors that influence groups such as group norms, participant roles, communication styles;

  3. Discuss the role of conflict in group processes and identify strategies for managing conflict that arise in group settings;

  4. Apply group facilitation techniques and leadership skills;

  5. Develop strategies for effective utilization of volunteers in group facilitation.

Textbook Materials

Textbooks and materials are to be purchased by students.  A list of required textbooks and materials is provided for students at the beginning of the semester.



THRT 1203 with a minimum grade of C


THRT 1205 with a minimum grade of C


No corequisite courses.


No equivalent courses.

Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

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Institution Transfer Details for THRT 2406
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU ARTS 2XXX (3)
Simon Fraser University (SFU) No credit
Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU GENS 2XX (3)
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) UBCV KIN 2nd (3)
University of Northern BC (UNBC) UNBC ORTM 2XX (3)
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV GE 1XX (3)
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC EPHE 252 (1.5)

Course Offerings

Summer 2023