Managing Stress: Principles and Strategies For Health Promotion

Applied Community Studies
Therapeutic Recreation
Course Code
THRT 3504
Semester Length
Flexible delivery ranging over 1 to 15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
This course builds upon previously acquired knowledge of health and offers a mind/body perspective in its examination of the nature of stress and health promotion practices. Principles of integrative and complementary medicine are applied to the design and delivery of individual and group recreation health promotion interventions. Students will have the opportunity to develop depth in one area of health promotion.
Course Content

Holistic Mind/Body Approach to Health

  • Holistic approach defined
  • Eastern and western medicine
  • Integrative and complementary medicine
  • Science and energy medicine
  • Psychneuroimmunology

The Nature of Stress:  Physical

  • The nature of stress
  • Physiology of stress
  • Illness and stress
  • Health Body: fitness, nutrition, lifestyle

The Nature of Stress:  Psychosocial and Spiritual Dimensions

  • Psychology of stress
  • Mental health promotion
  • Stress resistant personalities
  • Social support and psychological health
  • Cognitive health: self determination, mindfulness, self esteem
  • Spiritual health: theories, models, interventions
  • Multicultural approaches to spiritual health

Therapeutic Recreation:  Holistic Approach to Health

  • Leisure, stress and coping
  • Leisure: healthy body, mind and spirit
  • Therapeutic recreation: an holistic, systems approach
  • Therapeutic recreation: environmental and socioeconomic implications

Health Promotion Interventions: The Breadth

  • Journal writing
  • Cognitive restructuring
  • Humour, laughter, yoga
  • Social support, friendship circles, circles of support
  • Leisure activities: connections, competence
  • Physical activity
  • Outdoor activity: nature
  • Aromatherapy
  • Animal therapy, Equine Apothecary
  • Meditation
  • Yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong
  • Guided visualization
  • Autogenics
  • Prayer, forgiveness
  • Shiatsu, Massage
  • Energy Medicine Practice: Reiki, Therapeutic Touch, Healing Touch

Health Promotion:  A Specialty

  • Depth in a health promotion practice
  • Leadership in health promotion
  • Specialized area of skill, knowledge, competence
Methods Of Instruction
  • Lecture/discussion
  • Group work
  • Media
  • Health Promotion/Stress Management Interventions
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
  • Presentations
  • Testing

This is a graded course

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. analyze health and illness from an holistic mind/body approach
  2. analyze the nature of stress: the physical dimension
  3. analyze the nature of stress: the psychosocial and spiritual dimensions
  4. examine health and health promotion from environmental, socioeconomic, political and global perspectives
  5. apply holistic approaches to the delivery of therapeutic recreation services
  6. demonstrate breadth, a range of health promotion interventions
  7. demonstrate depth, a specialty in health promotion.
Textbook Materials





No corequisite courses.


No equivalent courses.

Course Guidelines

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Course Transfers

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Institution Transfer Details for THRT 3504
Simon Fraser University (SFU) No credit
Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU HKIN 2XX (3)
University of Northern BC (UNBC) UNBC PSYC 2XX (3)
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV GE 1XX (3)
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC EPHE 2XX (0.5)

Course Offerings

Fall 2022