Management of Therapeutic Recreation in Health and Social Services

Applied Community Studies
Therapeutic Recreation
Course Code
THRT 4701
Semester Length
Flexible delivery ranging from 1 to 15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method(s) Of Instruction
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 managers
  • Being a manager, being a leader
  • Variables affecting management
  • Theories of management
  • Application of management theory to therapeutic recreation settings 

Funtions of Management


  • Strategic, Contingency and Operational Plans
  • Application from department level to organizational level


  • Principles of organizational behaviour and culture
  • Generational differences in the workplace
  • Human Rescource Management

             -   Staff, volunteer and student management, including recruitment, selection, orientation, recognition, team building and    performance appraisal

             -  Job analysis and job descriptions


  • Communication and motivation
  • Conflict resolution
  • Effective meetings
  • Leadership, group dynamics
  • Ethical principles of management applied to therapeutic recreation
  • Advocacy - justification of department needs


  • Financial Resource Management

              - Revenue sources

              - Budget planning, monitoring

              - Fund raising 

  • Performance reporting
  • Resource Utilization
  • Marketing and Public Relations
  • Risk Management
  • Quality Management systems, continuous quality improvement, quality assurance

             -  Accreditation, regulations

  • Standards of practice 


Learning Activities
  • Lecture / Discussion
  • Small group work
  • Case studies
  • Community experiences
  • Community service-learning
Means of Assessment

This course will conform to Douglas College policy regarding the number and weighting of evaluations.

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

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 operational 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 and standards of practice
  7. apply management knowledge and skills to complete a community based service-learning project
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 text books
  • selected audio-visual and computer resources
  • selected readings from books and journals




Courses listed here must be completed either prior to or simultaneously with this course:

  • No corequisite courses


Courses listed here are equivalent to this course and cannot be taken for further credit:

  • No equivalency 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 2023