Group Processes and Group Work Practice: Advanced Skills for Therapeutic Recreation and Health Prom

Applied Community Studies
Therapeutic Recreation
Course Code
THRT 3506
Semester Length
Flexible delivery ranging over 2 to 15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method(s) Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
In this course the study of group process and group work practice is taken to a more advanced level as students analyze the relationship between group theory and practice. Group assessment skills are demonstrated. Experiential education concepts, ethical group work practice, adapting to diversity and advanced leadership skills will be applied as students design, implement and evaluate a health promotion program.
Course Content

Group Dynamics Theoretical Foundations:  A Review

  • Group environment: physical
  • Group emotional climate and culture
  • Communication and interaction patterns
  • Group cohesion: involvement and attraction
  • Group norms, membership roles, power and status
  • Group goals and productivity

Group Practice/Group Techniques

  • Facilitating effective group dynamics
  • Multicultural perspective of group work practice
  • Diversity competent leadership
  • Effective co-leadership
  • Ethical and legal issues in group work practice
  • Research orientation to practice

Experiential Education/Adventure Programming

  • Action centered programming
  • Success/assets focus
  • Scale of experientiality
  • Process of experiential education
  • Facilitation techniques for adventure programming

Group Assessment

  • Principles of group observation and data collection
  • Methods of assessing group members
  • Methods of assessing the group as a whole, group dynamics
  • Methods of assessing the group environment, the agency
  • Linking assessment to intervention

Group Program Planning: Health Promotion

  • Program protocol
  • Session planning
  • Experiential, consumer centered approach
  • Implementation
  • Evaluation

Professional Reflective Practice

  • Ongoing reflection and self-evaluation
  • Peer leadership evaluation
Learning Activities
  • Leisure/discussion
  • Small group assessment
  • Service learning project: Health promotion program plan
  • Reflective practice exercises
  • Academic reading
  • Leadership practice
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 the theoretical foundations of group dynamics (process) and group practice (techniques)
  2. synthesize a theoretical orientation upon which to guide group practice
  3. describe how experiential education and adventure programming principles and practices can be applied in therapeutic recreation service delivery
  4. describe ethical group practice, including adapting to diversity
  5. assess the dynamics (process) of a small group
  6. plan a health promotion program for a small, community-based group
  7. demonstrate advanced leadership skills in the implementation of the health promotion program
  8. evaluate the health promotion program
  9. analyze the group work practice of oneself and of the co-leader
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 3506
Simon Fraser University (SFU) No credit
Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU HKIN 195 (3)
University of Northern BC (UNBC) No credit
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC EPHE 252 (1.5)

Course Offerings

Fall 2023