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Therapeutic Recreation Practice I

Course Code: THRT 2333
Faculty: Child, Family & Community Studies
Credits: 3.0
Semester: Flexible delivery ranging over 3 to 15 weeks
Learning Format: Seminar, Practicum
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

The purpose of the practicum is to provide students with an opportunity to begin to understand the values, skills and knowledge required for practice in therapeutic recreation and health promotion services. Students will have the opportunity to integrate theory and philosophy with professional practice. Students will conduct assessments and, in concert with the client, design, implement and evaluate an individual program plan.

Course Content

Professional Skills

  • self awareness and self evaluation skills
  • adherence to agency policies and procedures
  • seeks and accepts feedback
  • safe practice and safety awareness
  • effective communication and working relationships with staff, volunteers and participants
  • personal wellness and appropriate work habits
  • flexibility and organizational skills by responding to the changing needs of the agency

Communication Skills

  • client-centred, age appropriate approach to all interventions
  • conversational leisure interview skills
  • communication skills: principles and practices

Knowledge of Agency

  • agency organizational structure, philosophy, goals
  • recreation department philosophy, purpose, goals, practitioner role
  • application of therapeutic recreation service models
  • recreation health promotion practices evident within the agency
  • major service systems that impact the agency, its clients and families
  • Assessment and Individual Program Planning
  • describes health issues, disabling conditions of the client
  • analyzes the systems: family, community, economic, environmental, political, etc., which may impact upon a client’s health and leisure well-being
  • gathers information including observations,  interviews, case and chart review to identify strengths and needs
  • prepares, with the client, an individual leisure lifestyle program plan

Program Planning and Leadership

  • documents a program using a program protocol
  • observes the program
  • assists in the implementation of the program
  • prepares a session plan based upon the program protocol
  • implements and evaluates the program session.

Methods of Instruction

  • field practice and guidance
  • seminar discussions.

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:

  • demonstration of skills
  • self assessment
  • observations by site and college supervisor
  • completion of written assignments
  • participation in seminars
  • midpoint and final evaluation meetings with site supervisor and college supervisor.

This is a Mastery/Non-Mastery course.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. demonstrate professional skills in the practice of therapeutic recreation
  2. demonstrate knowledge of the agency, its delivery of recreation and health promotion services and its relationship with the major service systems of which it is part
  3. demonstrate effective communication skills
  4. apply systems theory in developing comprehensive leisure related client assessments and individual program plans
  5. develop therapeutic relationships with individuals and groups based upon the values and skills of the profession
  6. write therapeutic recreation and/or health promotion programs using a program protocol.

course prerequisites

THRT 1205 (may be taken concurrently) and THRT 2301 (may be taken concurrently) and THRT 2306 (may be taken concurrently) and THRT 2307 (may be taken concurrently)

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.