Counselling: Theory and Practice in Therapeutic Recreation and Health Promotion

Applied Community Studies
Therapeutic Recreation
Course Code
THRT 3505
Semester Length
Flexible delivery ranging over 2 to 15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method(s) Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
This course builds upon a foundation of basic communication and helping skills and provides the student with the theoretical framework to provide counselling and leisure counselling services. Students will be prepared to provide counselling services for both individuals and groups in therapeutic recreation and health promotion settings.
Course Content

Professional Behaviour

  • Values, ethics and ethical conduct
  • Competence
  • Confidentiality
  • Importance of reflective practice:  self-awareness
  • Informed consent

Relationship Building Skills, Assessment Skills

  • Observational skills
  • Promoting core conditions: empathy, respect, warmth
  • Active listening skills:  attending, paraphrasing, empathy, questions, summary, self-disclosure
  • Defining and sustaining the relationship

Leisure Counselling

  • Definitions, models, theories, interventions of leisure counselling
  • Leisure related problems and leisure counselling
  • Addiction, depression, isolation, stress management and leisure counselling

Empowerment Skills

  • Strengths/assets focus
  • Information giving, teaching
  • Supporting, empowering

Challenge Skills

  • Advanced empathy, reframing, self-disclosure
  • Confronting in congruencies, correcting distortion
  • Goal setting and action planning

Diversity Counselling

  • Resistant clients
  • Clients with disabling conditions
  • Cultural diversity

Group Counselling and Therapeutic Recreation

  • Forming the counselling group
  • Stages of group growth
  • Group facilitation skills
  • Evaluating group process and group goals
Learning Activities
  • Lecture and larger group discussion
  • Small group discussion and activity
  • Media
  • Practice counselling sessions
  • Video and audio recordings of sessions
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. demonstrate professional behaviour; specifically ethics, confidentiality and self-awareness
  2. demonstrate active listening and relationship building skills
  3. demonstrate the effective use of challenge skills
  4. demonstrate skills in empowerment, including goal setting and action planning
  5. describe methods for working with diversity
  6. integrate theories of leisure and counselling into a practice of leisure counselling
  7. describe the theories, models, interventions and service of leisure counselling
  8. apply theory of group process to the facilitation and evaluation of a leisure counselling group
Textbook Materials



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Course Transfers

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Institution Transfer Details for THRT 3505
Simon Fraser University (SFU) No credit
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV KIN 366 (3)
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC ED-D 316 (1.5)

Course Offerings

Winter 2023