Note:Formerly Health Studies
Course provides an interdisciplinary life-span oriented overview of the aging process, with an emphasis on its inter-relationships with health and activity. Particular emphasis is given to the roles of leisure, health, activity, and environment, in promoting health and well-being, as well as accommodations that may be necessary to maintain the health and well-being of older adults. Given the diversity of aging populations, other topics, such as gender, ethnicity, and lifelong disabilities will also be addressed.
5250. Special Topics in TR Practicum (1-3 s.h.)
Contemporary issues related to new methods and areas of TR practice, including assistive technology, TR in school settings, home health care, and community leisure programs for individuals with disabilities.
8141. Conceptual and Contemporary Issues in Therapeutic Recreation (3 s.h.)
Examination of conceptual, theoretical, and practical issues associated with the organization and delivery of TR services. Course uses a combination of lectures, readings, oral and written exercises through which students reflect on and develop informed positions on core values and beliefs that support the profession, as well as develop a plan of action for on-going professional development. Students develop a plan of action for on-going professional development during academic program and beyond.
8142. Clinical Programming and Practice in TR (3 s.h.)
Prerequisite: TR 331 or equivalent.
Examines the dynamics of recreational and other activity-based interventions used for health promotion and psychosocial adaptation. Course focuses on group program design and implementation, client motivation and leadership skills. Course includes field-based application.
8150. Therapeutic Recreation and Disabilities Seminar I (3 s.h.)
Seminar combines literature research on issues associated with mental health, developmental disabilities, or aging, and individual /small group conferences to integrate findings with related course content. Students complete an issues paper that synthesizes research literature and any other structured learning activities, and draws implications for TR practice. Findings are also presented to undergraduates as part of concurrent undergraduate course.
8160. Therapeutic Recreation and Disabilities Seminar II. (3 s.h.)
Seminar combines literature research on issues associated with physical rehabilitation, pediatrics, or long term care, and individual /small group conferences to integrate findings with related course content. Students complete an issues paper that synthesizes research literature and any other structured learning activities, and draws implications for TR practice. Findings are also presented to undergraduates as part of concurrent undergraduate course.
8171. Therapeutic Recreation
Administration (3 s.h.)
Prerequisite: TR 331 or equivalent.
Examination of program, personnel, fiscal and facilities mangement, including professional standards of practice and accreditation standards that guide and regulate organization and delivery of TR services in health care and human services settings. Course may involve applied learning experiences in area agencies.
Course provides structure through which students design and implement a theory-based individual or group behavior change program through local agencies. Drawing from evidence-based “best practices” and national mandates to improve the health and wellness of individuals with chronic illnesses and disabilities, programs are designed to promote health and reduce secondary conditions. Seminar meetings are also used to provide peer supervision and feedback.
9143. Health and Wellness
for Persons with Disabilities (3
This course explores the dominant concepts and theories related to recreation and leisure behaviors, experiences, and meanings and its linkages to health, wellness, and life quality. Current research describing the interrelationships between leisure and health will be examined including the topics of disability and diversity issues such as culture, gender, race/ethnicity, class, age/life-span, and sexual orientation. The interlinking triads among theory (conceptualizations), research, and practice will be emphasized.
Field placement with emphasis on acquisition and application of practical skills. For non-certified students, this 4-6 s.h. practicum is designed to meet eligibility requirements for NCTRC credentialing examination. For currently certified students, the 3s.h. practicum is designed as an advanced clinical or administrative placement.
9282. Readings & Conference for TR (1-3 s.h.)
In-depth investigation of current literature related to specialized area of research or practice. Examples include health promotion programs to prevent secondary health problems, dementia care, programming for at-risk youth, and ethics. Course may also be used as preparation for TR 8141 or background preparation for comprehensive examination.
9382. Independent Study (1-6
Supervised project structured between student and faculty mentor. Projects may include developing a research proposal, conducting a field -based investigation, or program development and evaluation. Registering for this course requires prior permission of faculty mentor. A mutually agreeable study contract must be secured before the end of the second week of the semester.
9995. Master`s Project
in Therapeutic Recreation (3 s.h.)
Limited to those who plan to fulfill the master`s degree requirements by completing a field-based programming project under supervision of faculty member. Projects include but are not limited to designing, implementing or evaluating therapeutic recreation programs, projects related to systems change or constituent awareness and education.