Management of Therapeutic Recreation in Health and Social Services

Applied Community Studies
Therapeutic Recreation
Course Code
THRT 4701
Semester Length
15 weeks. This course may be offered in a condensed format over a shorter period of time.
Max Class Size
Method(s) Of Instruction
Course Designation
Industry Designation
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
This course introduces the theory and practice of management in therapeutic recreation. The course is designed to prepare students with skills, knowledge, and applied experiences to become effective practicing therapeutic recreation managers in health and social service settings. The universal functions of management will be addressed including planning, organizing, leading and controlling.
Course Content


  • Dimensions and skills of management
  • Role of a manager
  • Theories of management

Functions of Management


  • Strategic Plans
  • Comprehensive Program Plans


  • Principles of organizational behaviour and culture
  • Generational differences in the workplace
  • Human Rescource Management including staff, volunteer and student management


  • Communication and motivation
  • Conflict resolution
  • Ethical principles 
  • Advocacy 
  • Equity, diversity and inclusion


  • Financial Resource Management
  • Budget planning and monitoring
  • Resource utilization
  • Fundraising, marketing and public relations
  • Risk Management
  • Quality Management systems
  • Standards of practice 


Learning Activities

In this course, students engage in a variety of learning activities such as lecture, small group work, case studies and community service-learning.

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.  Typical means of evaluation will include a combination of

  • Written reports
  • Presentations 
  • Testing
  • Service-learning project

Students may conduct research as part of their service-learning project in this class. Instructors for the course are responsible for ensuring that student research projects comply with College policies on ethical conduct for research involving humans, which can require obtaining informed consent from particpants and getting the approval of the Douglas College Research Ethics Board prior to conducting the research. 

This is a letter graded course.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. compare and contrast theories of management;
  2. analyze the skills, responsibilities and challenges of being a manager in relation to self;
  3. describe and apply management functions related to planning including strategic plans and comprehensive program plans; 
  4. develop and apply management functions related to controlling including marketing, financial management, risk management, and quality management;
  5. describe effective management functions related to organizing including organizational culture and behaviours and human resource management tasks relating to staff, volunteers, and students;
  6. understand management functions related to leading including motivation, conflict, ethics, advocacy, standards of practice, and EDI (equity, diversity and inclusion);
  7. apply management knowledge and skills to complete a community based service-learning project.
Textbook Materials

Textbooks and materials are to be purchased by students.  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 text books
  • selected audio-visual and computer resources
  • selected readings from books and journals



THRT 2444


THRT 2455


THRT 1201 and THRT 3710

Students in the Therapeutic Recreation diploma program are required to maintain a passing grade of 60% (C) in all courses in order to progress in the program.


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 4701
Simon Fraser University (SFU) No credit
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) No credit
University of Northern BC (UNBC) No credit
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV KPE 3XX (3)

Course Offerings

Winter 2024