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Therapeutic Recreation Practice II: Diploma

Course Code: THRT 2444
Faculty: Child, Family & Community Studies
Credits: 4.0
Semester: Flexible delivery ranging over 4 to 15 weeks
Learning Format: Seminar, Practicum
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This second, diploma level practicum provides students with the opportunity to further develop skills and apply theory to therapeutic recreation practice. Students will conduct assessments, activity analysis and adaptation and demonstrate leadership in the design and delivery of individual and group program plans

Course Content


  • Self awareness and self evaluation skills
  • Safe practice and safety awareness including personal hygiene procedures
  • Effective working relationships with staff, volunteers and participants
  • Effective client interaction skills
  • Confidentiality in all communications concerning the agency
  • Personal wellness and appropriate work habits
  • Respond to the changing needs of the agency, balancing flexibility and organizational skills
  • Adherence to agency policies and procedures

Knowledge of Agency

  • Organizational structure, philosophy, goals
  • Recreation department (equivalent) goals, philosophy, practitioner role
  • Application of therapeutic recreation service models
  • Recreation health promotion practices evident within the agency

Helping Relationships and Skills

  • Client-centered, age appropriate approach to all interventions
  • Helping relationships built upon humanistic values
  • Basic communication and interview skills
  • Problem management/opportunity development approach to helping
  • Helping skills and discussions about healthy leisure lifestyles

Assessment and Individual Program Planning

  • Describes the disabling condition(s) of the client
  • Analyses the systems: family, agency, community, economic, environmental, political, etc. which may impact upon a client’s health and leisure well-being
  • Observes and interviews the client to identify strengths and needs
  • Prepares, with the client, an individual leisure lifestyle program plan
  • Implements, monitors and evaluates the plan

Activity Analysis, Selection, and Adaptation

  • Activity analysis
  • Activity adaptation

Program Planning and Leadership

  • Breadth and depth in recreation activity skills
  • Effective group leadership
  • Activity analysis and adaptation skills
  • Group assessment, awareness of group dynamics and needs
  • Documents program with a program protocol and session plans
  • Implements and evaluates the program

Methods of Instruction

  • field practice
  • small and large group seminars

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
  • mid-point 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 and recreation health promotion
  2. demonstrate knowledge of the agency and the delivery of recreation services
  3. apply systems theory in developing comprehensive, leisure related client assessments and individual program plans
  4. develop therapeutic relationships with individuals and groups based upon the values and skills of the profession
  5. demonstrate helping relationships and skills
  6. demonstrate awareness of group dynamics and leadership skills
  7. demonstrate recreation activity analysis and activity adaptation skills
  8. design, implement and evaluate recreation, therapeutic recreation and / or health promotion programs.

course prerequisites

THRT 2333

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.

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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.