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Therapeutic Recreation and Recreation Health Promotion: Internship

Course Code: THRT 4855
Faculty: Child, Family & Community Studies
Credits: 12.0
Semester: Flexible delivery ranging over 14 to 16 weeks
Learning Format: Seminar, Practicum
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

The Internship, implemented in partnership between Douglas College and an approved Agency, offers the student the opportunity to apply classroom theory and skills. Supervised by the College faculty and qualified Agency staff, students will plan, develop, implement, monitor and evaluate individual and group programs and projects aimed to provide and promote therapeutic recreation and/or health promotion.

Course Content

Professional Roles and Responsibilities

  • Therapeutic relationships
  • Safe practice and safety awareness
  • Adhere to professional and agency standards, code of ethics and policies and procedures
  • Quality improvement process
  • Confidentiality in all communications concerning the agency
  • Self-awareness and self-evaluation skills
  • Accept and apply constructive criticism
  • Personal wellness and appropriate work habits


  • Referral processes
  • Pertinent client information including disabling conditions
  • Knowledge and use of a variety of assessment tools and techniques
  • Conduct assessments including behavioural observations
  • Documentation of assessment results

Individual Interventions, Planning and Implementing

  • Individual program plan
  • Appropriate interventions
  • Leisure counseling strategies with individual clients
  • Facilitation techniques
  • Activity/task analysis and activity adaptation

Therapeutic Recreation Programs

  • Program protocols
  • Group assessment including awareness of group development, dynamics and needs
  • Breadth and depth in recreation activity skills
  • Group leadership including leisure education groups
  • Activity/task analysis and activity adaptation
  • Theories and practice of leisure education and counseling

Evaluate Outcomes of Interventions and Programs

  • Changes in functioning
  • Goal attainment scaling
  • Effectiveness and outcomes of individual plans
  • Revisions of individual plans as identified
  • Effectiveness of protocols and programs for groups
  • Revisions of group protocols and programs as identified

Working with Treatment/Service Teams

  • Therapeutic Recreation information shared with team
  • Communication with client
  • Integrate intervention plan
  • Work collaboratively

Managing Therapeutic Recreation Services

  • Program inventory
  • Coordination of support services
  • Program budget and expenses records
  • Scheduling of program, staff and volunteers
  • Risk Management
  • Standards and regulations at agency
  • Fiscal management practices
  • Quality management practices
  • Human resource management

Promotion of Profession

  • Community networking
  • Advocacy of clients
  • Education to community and agency
  • Marketing and public relations
  • Multi agency projects

Health Promotion Strategies: Empower Individuals

  • Educates about healthy lifestyle
  • Provides information about healthy choices
  • Promotes self-responsibility for health
  • Leisure a source for health

Health Promotion Strategies: Empower Communities

  • Identify public health promotion policy
  • Create supportive environments
  • Community development a source for health
  • Social support
  • Public participation in health.

Methods of Instruction

  • Field practice and guidance
  • 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 supervisors
  • 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 values, roles and responsibilities
  2. conduct leisure and health related client assessments
  3. plan, implement, monitor, evaluate and document individual program plans
  4. plan, implement, evaluate and document health promotion and therapeutic recreation programs and projects
  5. demonstrate the ability to work effectively with treatment or service teams
  6. describe the management practices of the agency
  7. promote therapeutic recreation as a profession
  8. demonstrate health promotion strategies which enable consumers to increase control over and to improve health
  9. demonstrate health promotion strategies that strengthen community development.

course prerequisites

(THRT 2444 or THRT 2455)  and THRT 4701 and THRT 4704 and THRT 3710

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.