Curriculum Guideline

Management of Therapeutic Recreation in Health and Social Services

Effective Date:
Course
Course Code
THRT 4701
Descriptive
Management of Therapeutic Recreation in Health and Social Services
Department
Therapeutic Recreation
Faculty
Applied Community Studies
Credits
3.00
Start Date
End Term
Not Specified
PLAR
Yes
Semester Length
Flexible delivery ranging from 1 to 15 weeks
Max Class Size
30
Contact Hours
60 Hours
Method Of Instruction
Lecture
Tutorial
Methods Of Instruction
  • Lecture / Discussion
  • Small group work
  • Case studies
  • Community experiences
  • Community service-learning
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

Management

  • 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

Planning

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

Organizing

  • 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

Leading

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

Controlling

  • 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 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
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.

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
Prerequisites
Corequisites

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

  • No corequisite courses
Equivalencies

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

  • No equivalency courses
Which Prerequisite