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Assessment and Program Planning in Therapeutic Recreation

Course Code: THRT 2301
Faculty: Child, Family & Community Studies
Credits: 3.0
Semester: Flexible delivery ranging over 2 to 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course focuses on client assessment and developing therapeutic recreation programs that meet client needs. Students will apply assessment techniques and use the results to develop, implement and evaluate individual program plans. Systems theory will be used to analyze, conceptualize, investigate and determine therapeutic recreation programs and services for groups.

Course Content


  • Assessment techniques including leisure interview, client observation, and secondary data
  • Standardized assessment instruments
  • Client centered philosophy of assessment
  • Ecological perspective as it applies to assessment
  • Assessment summary including client strengths and needs

Plan, Implement and Evaluate Individual Program Plans

  • Client centered goals and objectives
  • Ecological perspective applied to goals and objectives
  • Monitoring individual program plans
  • Evaluating individual program plans
  • Goal attainment scaling and other methods for documenting evaluation

Therapeutic Recreation Program Planning

  • Systems theory: analysis, conceptualization, investigation and determination
  • Therapeutic recreation department philosophy, mission, goals

Program Protocols

  • Program outcomes
  • TR interventions and activities
  • Client criteria
  • Program structure
  • Evaluation plan

Methods of Instruction

  • Lecture/discussion
  • Media
  • Computer applications
  • Case studies
  • Small group discussions with peer feedback

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
  • Class participation in discussions, small group work
  • Presentations
  • Tests

This is a letter graded course.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply a variety of therapeutic recreation assessment techniques
  2. Apply therapeutic recreation assessment results to individual program plans for individuals
  3. Implement and evaluate individual program plans
  4. Apply systems theory to develop therapeutic recreation services and programs
  5. Develop and document therapeutic recreation programs and services using program protocols.

course prerequisites

THRT 1101 and THRT 1201

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.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.