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Wellness: Health Promotion in Therapeutic Recreation

Course Code: THRT 1114
Faculty: Child, Family & Community Studies
Credits: 4.0
Semester: Flexible Delivery ranging over 1 to 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Tutorial
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course provides an introduction to health promotion theories and practices. As a foundation, students study the homeostasis of the physical body systems. This ecological perspective is then developed with an emphasis on the interconnectedness of the physical, psychosocial and spiritual dimensions of health. Students move from theory to practice by exploring a range of health promotion interventions, which can be applied in the profession of therapeutic recreation.

Course Content

The following global ideas guide the design and delivery of this course:

Alternate Hypotheses to explain the symptoms presented in each case

  • developing as many explanations for the symptoms presented as possible

Integumentary System

  • structure and function of cells and tissue
  • anatomy and physiology of the skin
  • review the involvement of the integumentary systems in homeostatic systems: immunity, water balance and temperature regulation

Respiratory System

  • anatomy and physiology (A&P) of the respiratory system

Circulatory and Immune System

  • relationship of anatomy of circulatory system, particularly, with respect to the skin, the brain and digestive system
  • review diagnostic tests, including normal counts of white blood cells, red blood cells, blood pH, hematocrit and blood proteins

Nervous System

  • anatomy and physiology of a neuron

Other  Issues

  • relationship between normal A&P and social environment
  • relationship between nutrition and homeostasis
  • relationship between nutrition and nervous system

Physical Health

  • healthy lifestyles; facts, philosophies and self management skills
  • preparing for physical activity; readiness, warm-up, cool-down
  • principles of physical activity and self planning skills for lifetime involvement
  • health benefits and safe practices for physical activity
  • nutrition and body composition

Psychological Health

  • theories of psychological health, including: Freud, Jung, Frankl, Maslow, Pert
  • stress resistant and stress prone personalities
  • emotional health, the impact of anger and fear
  • social health, the impact of social support and meaningful friendships
  • cognitive health; the role of self determination, decision making, mindfulness and self esteem

Spiritual Health

  • theories of spiritual health, including: Jung, Peck, Borysenko, Chopra
  • spiritual health includes: a meaningful purpose to life, a personal value system and internal and external relationships
  • leisure concepts of perceived freedom, “Flow” and experiences in nature applied to spiritual health
  • applying a Model of Spirituality for Stress Management, developed by B. Seaward

Wellness: an Ecological Perspective

  • health and wellness, a complex phenomena of interconnected systems
  • psychoneuroimmunology, a scientific field of study which documents the interconnectedness of mind/body/spirit
  • family, culture, socio-economic, political and environmental conditions which impact upon health

Leisure and Health

  • concepts of leisure applied to theories of health promotion
  • physical, psychosocial and spiritual benefits of leisure
  • leisure lifestyle choices and stress management

Health Promotion Practices

  • health risk appraisals
  • basic energy management, autogenics, progessive muscle relaxation, physical activity, yoga, Tai Chi, art, music, massage, humor, meditation and guided visualization

Methods of Instruction

  • Lecture/discussion
  • Group work
  • Media
  • Presentations

Means of Assessment

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

This is a graded course

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. acquire a problem solving process, including how to integrate knowledge, how to use inquiry, critical thinking and scientific reasoning to solve problems in the context of dissecting several cases which involve cells, tissues, and the homeostasis of systems
  2. describe the integumentary and circulatory systems, the immune system and the nervous system
  3. describe physical fitness, including theories of safe practice
  4. describe psychosocial health, including emotional, social and cognitive aspects
  5. describe theories of spiritual health, including a model of spirituality and stress management
  6. describe health/wellness from an ecological perspective
  7. apply the concept of psychoneuroimmunology when describing the interconnectedness of the physical, psychosocial and spiritual dimensions of health
  8. recognize how personal attitudes and lifestyle choices influence health
  9. describe the impact of leisure and recreation upon health
  10. explore a variety of health promotion practices

curriculum 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 schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


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