04911/Therapeutic Recreation (THERREC)


Lower Division Courses

0813. Disability Identity (3 s.h.) Core: IN.

(Formerly: GE-HUMB 1025.)

Odds are that each of us will encounter disability at some point in our lives, either directly or indirectly through family, friends, neighbors and colleagues. What is it like to live with a disability, and how does disability intersect with other aspects of personal identity, like gender, race and culture? Is disability socially and culturally defined? Join us as we examine historical perspectives of disability marked by fear and discrimination and fueled by media portrayals. We will then explore most recent indicators of personal, social, and environmental change that support disability identity and result in a more accommodating environment for us all.

Note: This General Education `Human Behavior` pilot course fulfills the Core Individual & Society (IN) requirement.

1102. Adapted Sport, Recreation and Inclusive Leisure Services (3 s.h.) F S.

(Formerly: THERREC 0108.)

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.

Upper Division Courses

2103. Foundations of Therapeutic Recreation Practice (3 s.h.) F S.

(Formerly: THERREC 0330.)

Co-Requisite: Therapeutic Recreation 1102 (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.

2104. Therapeutic Recreation Modalities (3 s.h.) F S SS.

(Formerly: THERREC 0332.)

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: Special authorization required for non-majors.

2201. Therapeutic Recreation and Developmental Disabilities (3 s.h.) F.

(Formerly: THERREC 0357.)

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.

2203. Assistive Technology in Recreation (3 s.h.) SS.

(Formerly: THERREC 0109.)

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.

2205. Adventure Challenge/Programming (3 s.h.) S SS. $.

(Formerly: THERREC 0138.)

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 week-long (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.

3101. Therapeutic Recreation Assessment & Documentation (3 s.h.) F S.

(Formerly: THERREC 0331.)

Co-Requisite: Therapeutic Recreation 2103 (0330).

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.

Note: Special authorization required for non-majors.

3103. Professional Seminar II (3 s.h.) F S.

(Formerly: THERREC 0300.)

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.

3111. Health Promotion through Leisure Education (3 s.h.) S.

(Formerly: THERREC 0303.)

Prerequisite: HRP 2103 (0103), THERREC 1102 (0108), THERREC 2103 (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.

3185. Internship I (3 s.h.) F S SS.

(Formerly: THERREC 0280.)

Prerequisite: Therapeutic Recreation 2103 (0330), 2104 (0332) and 3101 (0331).

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, TB tests, and complete a minimum of 65 professional development hours PRIOR to beginning field placement experience. Mode: Seminar and field-based learning.

3196. Research and Evaluation in Therapeutic Recreation (3 s.h.) F. Core: WI.

(Formerly: THERREC W312.)

Prerequisite: Psychology 1167 (C067) or Sociology 1167 (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.

3201. Health, Activity, and Aging (3 s.h.) F.

(Formerly: THERREC 0353.)

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

Note: Course also meets requirements for certificate in gerontology. Appropriate for individuals with interests in psychology, public health and sociology.

3203. Therapeutic Recreation and Mental Health (3 s.h.) F.

(Formerly: THERREC 0354.)

Co-Requisite: Therapeutic Recreation 3101 (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.

3205. Therapeutic Recreation and Long Term Care (3 s.h.) S.

(Formerly: THERREC 0358.)

Prerequisite: Education 1322 (0122) or Psychology 2301 (0200) or equivalent lifespan human development course. Co-Requisite: Therapeutic Recreation 3101 (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.

3211. Therapeutic Recreation and Physical Disabilities (3 s.h.) S.

(Formerly: THERREC 0355.)

Prerequisite: Kinesiology 1223 (C100), Therapeutic Recreation 3101 (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 with field-based learning.

3213. Therapeutic Recreation and Pediatric Health Care (3 s.h.) S.

(Formerly: THERREC 0356.)

Prerequisite: Therapeutic Recreation 3101 (0331), Education 1322 (0122) or Psychology 2301 (0200) 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.

3282. Independent Study in Therapeutic Recreation (1 to 3 s.h.) F S SS.

(Formerly: THERREC 0210.)

Prerequisite: Permission from the Undergraduate Coordinator of Therapeutic Recreation Curriculum required.

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

4111. Administration of Therapeutic Recreation (3 s.h.) F.

(Formerly: THERREC 0350.)

Prerequisite: Therapeutic Recreation 3185 (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 therapeutic recreation 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.

4185. Internship II (12 s.h.) F S SS.

(Formerly: THERREC 0380.)

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. Completion of 120 professional development hours required.

4196. Therapeutic Recreation Clinical Procedures (3 s.h.) F S. Core: WI.

(Formerly: THERREC W335.)

Prerequisite: Therapeutic Recreation 3185 (0280), 3101 (0331), 2104 (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. Field-based application of group planning and leadership is required.

Note: This course is for majors only and should be taken the semester before enrolling in THERREC 4185 (0380). Field-based application of group planning and leadership is required.
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