Therapeutic Recreation
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course does not fulfill a General Education requirement.

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: Introduction to the field of Therapeutic Recreation. Clinical interventions for individuals with special needs or problems.
DESCRIPTION: This course is an initial professional foundations course in Therapeutic Recreation. the focus of this course is to give the student: 1)a working understanding of the field of therapeutic recreation; 2) an understanding of the role of recreation and leisure in the lives of people with disabilities; and 3) an understanding of individuals with disabilities.
REQUIREMENTS: Required Course Text: Therapeutic Recreation: An Introduction. Third Edition by David R. Austin and Michael E. Crawford.

Paid or Volunteer/Practical Experiences:
A 30 hour (minimum) paid or volunteer experience with an instructor approved agency providing therapeutic services. You must submit a completed volunteer hours form signed by the agency supervisor and a report of the experience by December 12, 2002. It is recommended that you spread these hours out over the semester. Do not wait until the end of the semester to do all of these volunteer hours. Write a 2-page paper on how you were able to apply therapeutic intervention principles during this experience. 100 points.

1. You will need a 3-ring binder with divider tabs to represent your documentation of treatment in a medical chart as if you provided it as a Recreation Therapist. By the end of the semester it will include all assignments, exercises, quizzes, papers, requests to be excused, doodling, and any other items pertinent to this class. It will be reviewed regularly for progress and is due on December 5th. 50 points.

2. Modality Paper: 5-6 page paper on a modality of your choice that you would like to do with a special population of your choice. Examples:

-Horticulture therapy with geriatric patients.
-Ropes course with adolescent psychiatric patients.
-Pet or Music therapy with clinically depressed adults.
-Humor therapy with oncology patients.
-Wilderness adventure therapy with juvenile offenders.
-Art therapy with schizophrenic patients.

Make copies of your modality paper for each class member on the day you facilitate the group. Mock group exercise for 15 minutes – we’ll be your special population and you’ll lead the intervention. Paper- 50 points, group exercise – 50 points.

3. Review 5 therapeutic recreation/ leisure studies journal articles and write a summary page on each one.
a. Journal name, number, and year.
b. Title of article, page numbers.
c. Author or editor.
d. What it was about.
e. What were the findings, summary or conclusion that have application to recreation therapy, this class, and your life . . . or not?

5 points per article, possible 25 points.

4. Scriptural Values Paper:
Page 17 of the textbook lists, “Characteristics Important in Helping Relationships.” In “liken all scriptures unto us,” write a paper with specific references of each characteristic to a scriptural account or individual. Do a thorough self-assessment of where you are and how you could develop these qualities further. The length of the paper is up to you; this should be a foundation paper of how to serve, how well you serve, and how well will you serve as you grow in your profession, family life, and in the kingdom. Example: “Sense of purpose” – 1 Nephi 3:7 “I will go and do . . .”
25 points.

Assignment Points
Medical Chart Binder 50
Modality paper 100
Journal reviews 25
Scriptural Values Paper 25
Practical Experience 100
Midterm Exam 100
Final Exam 100
Point Total 500