This course provides an interdisciplinary life-span oriented overview of the aging process, with an emphasis on its interrelationships 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, 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 are covered.
8141. Conceptual and Contemporary Issues in Therapeutic Recreation (3 s.h.)
This course examines conceptual, theoretical, and practical issues associated with the organization and delivery of TR services. It uses a combination of lectures, readings, and oral and written exercises through which students reflect on and develop informed positions on core values and beliefs that support the profession. Students develop a plan of action for ongoing professional development during the academic program and beyond.
8142. Clinical Programming and Practice in TR (3 s.h.)
Prerequisite: TR 3101 or equivalent.
The course examines the dynamics of recreational and other activity-based interventions used for health promotion and psychosocial adaptation. It focuses on group program design and implementation, client motivation, and leadership skills. The course includes field-based application.
8150. Therapeutic Recreation and Disabilities Seminar I (3 s.h.)
This seminar combines literature research on issues associated with mental health, developmental disabilities, or aging, with 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 a concurrent undergraduate course.
8160. Therapeutic Recreation and Disabilities Seminar II (3 s.h.)
This seminar combines literature research on issues associated with physical rehabilitation, pediatrics, or long-term care, with 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 a concurrent undergraduate course.
This course aims to critically examine how researchers, practitioners, and community partners can work together to establish and consolidate equitable, transdisciplinary, and sustainable partnerships by using a CBPR approach to improve the health and life quality of community populations in general and to eliminate health disparities in particular. What distinguishes CBPR from other approaches to research is the active engagement and integration of all investigators and partners into the research process through such principles as mutual respect and teamwork (rather than a top-down/university-down approach); co-learning and mutual capacity building; and power-sharing and co-ownership of research. This course provides an overview of conceptual, methodological, and practical approaches to CBPR by focusing on cross-disciplinary health issues such as holistic health, culture and health, health disparities, mixed methods in health research, evidence-based and people-centered community healthcare, and inclusive health policy.
8171. Therapeutic Recreation
Administration (3 s.h.)
Prerequisite: TR 3101 or equivalent.
This course examines program, personnel, fiscal, and facilities management, 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. The course may involve applied learning experiences in area agencies.
This 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. Leisure, Health and Quality of Life (3
The purpose of this course is to explore the dominant concepts and theories related to recreation and leisure behaviors and experiences, and their linkages to health, wellness, and life quality. Current research describing the interrelationships between leisure and health/life quality 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 are emphasized.
Field placement is made 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 the NCTRC credentialing examination. For currently certified students, the 3 s.h. practicum is designed as an advanced clinical or administrative placement.
9282. Readings and Conference for TR (1-3 s.h.)
In-depth investigation of current literature related to a specialized area of research or practice is undertaken. Examples include health promotion programs to prevent secondary health problems, dementia care, programming for at-risk youth, and ethics. The course may also be used as preparation for TR 8141 or background preparation for the comprehensive examination.
9382. Independent Study (1-6
This supervised project is structured between the student and a faculty mentor. Projects may include developing a research proposal, conducting a field-based investigation, or developing and evaluating a program. Registering for this course requires prior permission of a 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.)
Enrollment in this course is limited to those who plan to fulfill the master`s degree requirements by completing a field-based programming project under the supervision of a faculty member. Projects include but are not limited to designing, implementing, or evaluating therapeutic recreation programs; designing projects related to systems change; or engaging in constituent awareness and education.