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Professional Identity and Community Development

Applied Community Studies
Therapeutic Recreation
Course Code
THRT 2414
Semester Length
Number of Weeks per Semester: 10 weeks, Flexible delivery ranging over 1 to 15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
The purpose of this course is to enable the student to examine the broader recreation field as well as the specialized therapeutic recreation sector at both the provincial and national level. Particular emphasis will be placed on current practices, trends and issues such as community development, community health, standards of practice, professional ethics and values and professional development.
Course Content

Leisure, Family and Community Health

  • theoretical perspective of the family and the community
  • family and community are central to the individual’s experience of life
  • leisure and recreation experiences build strong families and strong communities
  • leisure, friendship and social support are the building blocks for community health
  • overall wellness is linked to feelings of belonging and interconnectedness
  • community recreation reduces alienation, loneliness and anti-social behaviour
  • safe places and optimal wellness environments can be created through recreation and leisure

Community Building

  • ways of understanding community, relational and geographical perspectives
  • community building: working with circles
  • community development: theories and definitions

Community Wellness: Organizing for Change

  • community development, organizing strategies
  • planning for change through leisure and recreation
  • collective advocacy
  • healthy communities: local recreation and leisure projects

Professional Identity and Growth

  • define profession
  • identify local, national, international professional organizations
  • articulates values of therapeutic recreation
  • identifies the depth and breadth of therapeutic recreation interventions
  • examines leisure and recreation research trends and future practice
  • contributes to professional development in therapeutic recreation

Ethical Practice and Advocacy

  • defines rights, advocacy and empowerment
  • individual, collective, legal, agency advocacy
  • advocacy models and process
  • advocacy organizations
  • principles and process of empowerment including: control and choice, participation, support, self-help
  • confidentiality

Personal and Professional Growth

  • articulates values of therapeutic recreation
  • is conscious of the depth and breadth of therapeutic recreation interventions
  • contributes to professional development in the field
Methods Of Instruction
  • Lecture/discussion
  • Community experiences
  • Student debates/presentations
Means of Assessment

Evaluation is consistent with Douglas College Course Evaluation Policy.  An evaluation schedule is presented at the beginning of the course.


This is a graded course.

Learning Outcomes

 The student will:

  1. demonstrate the value of leisure and recreation in promoting family and community health
  2. examine the community as a resource, noting the interconnectiveness of individual, family and community health
  3. demonstrate concepts of community development and how these concepts relate to community wellness/health
  4. examine the development of therapeutic recreation as a profession
  5. examine professional ethics and values
  6. examine personal responsibility and promotion of the therapeutic recreation profession
Textbook Materials

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

Resources include:

  • Selected readings from a variety of therapeutic recreation practice textbooks
  • Selected audio-visual and computer resources
  • Selected readings from books and journals
  • Therapeutic Recreation fine arts and adaptive equipment and supplies


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

Institution Transfer Details Effective Dates
Simon Fraser University (SFU) No credit 2004/09/01 to 2019/08/31
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) No credit 2004/09/01 to 2019/08/31
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC PE 2XX (0.5) 2004/09/01 to 2008/04/30
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC EPHE 2XX (0.5) 2008/05/01 to 2019/08/31

Course Offerings

Winter 2021

There aren't any scheduled upcoming offerings for this course.