04911/Therapeutic Recreation

Formerly Health Studies

Lower Division Courses

0108. Adapted Sport, Recreation and Inclusive Leisure Services (3 s.h.) F S.

This course focuses on the organization and delivery of sport, fitness, recreation and leisure services to individuals with disabilities. Content includes principles and procedures for promoting inclusive community leisure services. Hands-on learning through volunteer experience is required.

Note: Required of all students majoring in therapeutic recreation (recommended for other majors involved in services to persons with disabilities). Recommended for community recreation and sport professionals. Mode: Lecture with field-based learning component.

0109. Assistive Technology in Recreation (3 s.h.) SS.

This course introduces students to the range of assistive devices used with persons with disabilities to support physically and socially active involvement in recreation and leisure pursuits. Students learn to adapt activity materials to accommodate varying functional abilities and how to use assistive devices, ranging from simple adaptive sports equipment to augmentative communication devices, with individuals with disabilities.

Note: Course is open to all majors and is appropriate for those students interested in working with individuals with disabilities.

0138. Adventure Challenge/Programming (3 s.h.) S SS. $.

This course introduces students to theoretical and practical approaches to using experiential learning and adventure therapy. Students experience team-building activities and are taught core leadership skills required when leading adventure challenge activities, as well as approaches and techniques for use of these activities with clients with disabilities.

Note: Course open to all majors and is appropriate for those interested in team building activities. Intensive weekend (spring) or weeklong (summer) format requiring off campus participation on a ropes course. Upon successful completion of low rope and challenge activities, students receive a certificate indicating they have been trained to lead low ropes and team challenge activities. Mode: Intensive weekend (spring semester) or week-long (summer) format.

Upper Division Courses

0210. Independent Study in TR (1-3 s.h.) F S SS.

Prerequisite: Permission from the Undergraduate Coordinator of TR Curriculum required.

Supervised independent projects on issues related to health, leisure and disabilities.

0280. Internship I (3 s.h.) F S SS.

Prerequisite: Therapeutic Recreation 0330, 0331 and 0332.

This course involves a 150-hour field placement experience at a health and human service agency in which students are involved with ongoing therapeutic recreation programs and services.

Note: Students are required to obtain child abuse and criminal clearance background checks PRIOR to beginning field placement experience. Mode: Seminar and field-based learning.

0300. Professional Seminar II (3 s.h.) F S.

Prerequisite: Therapeutic Recreation 0280.

This is a seminar course designed to allow students to explore personal and professional issues related to completing their academic experience. Students evaluate their readiness to begin practicing as a recreation therapist. Topics include certification, professional ethics, professional involvement and responsibilities, and client advocacy. Students review and refine their professional portfolios, practice interviewing skills, and discuss issues related to continuing education and growth as a healthcare provider. Students are guided in the process of securing and succeeding at their internship placements.

0303. Health Promotion through Leisure Education (3 s.h.) S.

Prerequisite: Therapeutic Recreation 0103, 0108, 0330.

In this course, students examine the relationship between health promotion and leisure behavior for individuals with disabilities. Students learn to design programs for health promotion and leisure education. The use of technology to develop health promotion teaching materials is required.

Mode: Lecture.

W312. Research and Evaluation in Therapeutic Recreation (3 s.h.) F. Core: WI.

Prerequisite: Psychology C067 or Sociology C067 or equivalent.

This is the capstone, writing-intensive course for therapeutic recreation majors. It is designed to enable students to evaluate and interpret research and to apply the results of these interpretations to therapeutic recreation practice in the form of evidence-based practice. Students learn fundamental research terminology and procedures including the strengths and limitation of both naturalistic and positivistic research methods utilized in field-based settings. Extensive reading and critiquing of empirical research is required for successful completion.

0330. Foundations of Therapeutic Recreation Practice (3 s.h.) F S.
Co-Requisite: Therapeutic Recreation 0108.

An introduction to the historical and conceptual roots of therapeutic recreation and its contemporary status as a profession is gained in this course. Content includes social-psychological aspects of recreation and leisure, therapeutic recreation service delivery models, legislation, professional organizations, and credentialing procedures.

Mode: Lecture.

0331. TR Assessment and Documentation (3 s.h.) F S.

In this course, students learn the clinical process used by healthcare professionals when working in health and human service agencies with particular emphasis on assessment and documentation as it relates to the discipline of therapeutic recreation. Students learn clinical skills related to client in-take and assessment, treatment planning, and documentation.

0332. Therapeutic Recreation Modalities (3 s.h.) F S.

In this experiential course, students are exposed to an assortment of activity-based interventions used in therapeutic recreation practice. Modalities to which students are introduced include but are not limited to animal-assisted therapy, horticulture, reminiscence, aromatherapy, massage, juggling, humor, sports, crafts, social skills and relaxation training.

Note: Course open to all majors and appropriate for students interested in using activity-based interventions as part of their practice.

0333. Community Recreation and Services for the Elderly (3 s.h.) SS.

This course is designed to provide an overview of community based programs and services for older adults including: senior centers, adult day programs, home health care and respite services, retirement communities, assisted living facilities and active older adult residential communities. Special emphasis will be placed on the role of recreation and leisure in each of these settings. This course is designed to enable students from a variety of professions to explore services to the elderly as they relate to their discipline and areas of interest.

W335. TR Clinical Procedures (3 s.h.) F S. Core: WI.

Prerequisite: Therapeutic Recreation 0280, 0331, 0332.

This course allows students to further their understanding of clinical practice in therapeutic recreation through an examination of how recreation therapists use activity-based interventions, the environment, and therapeutic relationships to facilitate individual and group behavioral change. Students design protocols for intervention groups and simulate leadership techniques used by recreation therapists in clinical practice.

Note: This course is for majors only and should be taken the semester before enrolling in TR 0380.

0350. Administration of Therapeutic Recreation (3 s.h.) F.

Prerequisite: Therapeutic Recreation 0280.

This course explores the management of therapeutic recreation services based on professional standards of practice. Reflecting the range of healthcare and human services agencies where TR is practiced, topics include administrative theory and decision making, budgeting and reimbursement, risk management, marketing, personnel and volunteer policies and procedures, and quality improvement. The use of technology as part of the management process is also discussed including the use of spreadsheets and other data management programs.

Note: This course is for majors only. Mode: Lecture, small group.

0353. Leisure and Aging (3 s.h.) F.

The social psychology of aging and the role of recreation and leisure in the physical and psychological health and life quality of older adults are explored in this course. Theories of successful aging and the current demographics and trends related to aging are explored.

Note: Course also meets requirements for certificate in gerontology.

0354. Therapeutic Recreation and Mental Health (3 s.h.) F.
Co-Requisite: Therapeutic Recreation 0331.

Students examine the role of recreation therapy in behavioral healthcare in this course. Content includes terminology, etiology, and care of individuals with acute and chronic mental illnesses and the importance of recreation as a coping resource and component of life quality. Issues associated with relapse prevention and the role and function of recreation therapists within the healthcare team are discussed.

Mode: Lecture with field-based learning.

0355. Therapeutic Recreation and Physical Disabilities (3 s.h.) S.

Prerequisite: Kinesiology C100. Co-Requisite: Therapeutic Recreation 0331.

Students explore the role of therapeutic recreation in the rehabilitation of individuals with physical disabilities in this course. Content includes terminology, etiology, and care of specific disabilities resulting from trauma, chronic conditions and amputation. Issues associated with independent living and the implications for the role and function of recreation therapists within the rehabilitation team are addressed.

Mode: Lecture.

0356. Therapeutic Recreation and Pediatric Health Care (3 s.h.) S.

Prerequisite: Therapeutic Recreation 0331, Education 0122 or Psychology 0201 or equivalent lifespan human development course.

In this course, students examine the role of play in development, and the psychosocial needs of children and adolescents who are hospitalized or have chronic illnesses. Topics include family-centered care, medical play, pre-operative play techniques and the role and function of recreation therapists and child life specialists.

Note: Portions of this course may occur at pediatric facilities. Class size limited & priority given to therapeutic recreation majors with senior status. Field-based learning may be required.

0357. Therapeutic Recreation and Developmental Disabilities (3 s.h.) F.
Co-Requisite: Therapeutic Recreation 0331.

This course allows students to explore the role of recreation in the habilitation, rehabilitation and inclusive community life of individuals with developmental disabilities. Students are introduced to the principles and methods of service delivery based on person-centered planning, transitional life skills, community reintegration and inclusion.

Mode: Lecture with some field-based learning.

0358. Therapeutic Recreation and Long Term Care (3 s.h.) S.

Prerequisite: Education 0122 or Psychology 0201 or equivalent lifespan human development course. Co-Requisite: Therapeutic Recreation 0331.

The range of therapeutic recreation services used in long term care settings, including skilled nursing, sub-acute care facilities, and dementia care units are introduced in this course. Students learn best practices, activity programming and other techniques and required procedures for maintaining compliance with state and federal regulations.

Note: Course also meets requirements for Gerontology certificate. Mode: Lecture and field-based learning.

0380. Internship II (12 s.h.) F S SS.

Prerequisite: ALL coursework must be completed prior to the internship.

This course is a semester-long 600-hour field placement where students apply academic learning to demonstrate competencies associated with entry-level practice in therapeutic recreation.

Note: Requires current certification in first aid and CPR. Pre-placement health screening, child abuse and criminal clearances are also required prior to start of internship experience.
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