RT 1100 - Recreational Therapy: Theory and Foundations (3 credits)
This course examines the history, concepts, theories, and foundations of therapeutic recreation. It introduces the role of therapeutic recreation for disadvantaged populations and persons with disabilities and illnesses in health care and community settings. Students will examine the application of therapeutic recreation in prevention services and the link between social, psychological, and physical health. Students will also gain a basic understanding of the disabilities, impairments and illnesses most often encountered in the provision of therapeutic recreation services. Students will gain a basic understanding of the principles and techniques in therapeutic recreation programming to include: client assessment, individual programming planning, behavioral techniques, activity analysis, documentation, specific program design, and program evaluation.
RT 1200 - Recreational Therapy with Physically Disabled Individuals (3 credits)
Addressing physical and psychological needs of individuals with physical disabilities. This course will also provide appropriate recreational therapy techniques and methods used in providing services to individuals in clinical and community settings.
RT 1400 - Current Trends in Recreational Therapy (3 credits)
This course will examine the most recent trends in the field of Therapeutic Recreation. Topics that will be discussed will include: the current settings in which recreational therapists are typically employed, various treatment modalities, collaboration entities that are beneficial to clients treated in recreational therapy environments, and future developments within the Therapeutic Recreation field, including evaluation of current research in this area.
HS 1300 - Interpersonal Assessment Skills in Human Relations (3 credits)
This course provides an opportunity to learn basic skills essential for the assessment of interpersonal relations. Students will examine interpersonal dynamics and communication in families, the workplace, community organizations, and social settings. An emphasis is placed on developing skills in listening, observation, and analysis. Case studies will be used to explore a variety of presenting problems and appropriate assessment strategies.
RT 2000 - Recreational Therapy: Processes and Techniques (3 credits)
An introduction to the processes and techniques of therapeutic recreation to meet the unique needs of people with disabilities. This course is designed to discuss the assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation strategies utilized in recreational therapy. The course will also take an in-depth look at the challenges associated with the recreational treatment process and examine the various methods used in overcoming these challenges.
RT 2100 - Recreational Therapy for Individuals with Mental Illness (3 credits)
This course will address psychiatric, social, behavioral, and addiction difficulties through recreational therapy interventions in behavioral and mental health settings. This course will discuss the therapeutic recreation strategies and techniques that can improve functional abilities, enhance recreation skills and attitudes, build confidence, ease fears, promote greater self-reliance, strengthen interpersonal skills, manage stress and emotional difficulties, and enrich the client’s quality of life. Prerequisite: PSYC 3260.
RT 2200 - Multicultural Issues in Therapeutic Recreation Settings (3 credits)
This course examines multicultural competence and helps students develop awareness, knowledge, and skills that will enable them to work effectively in cross-cultural situations. The course will also discuss the challenges and ethical considerations associated with working with diverse populations in a therapeutic recreation environment and the various methods used in overcoming these challenges.
PSYC 2350 - Life Span Human Development (3 credits)
This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of systematic changes within the individual from conception through death. Unlike many studies of development, this course is structured around issues of development rather than examination of development from a chronological perspective. This structure will allow the student to more completely grasp life-span issues. Family, social roles, lifestyle, psychological disorders, mental abilities, and death and dying will be examined.
RT 3050 - Clinical Assessment and Evaluation in Recreational Therapy (3 credits)
This course will examine the importance of reliable assessment and evaluation in the recreational therapy treatment planning process. There will be a focus on assessment, developing measurable treatment goals, evaluating outcomes, and documentation.
BIOL 3250 - Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy and Physiology (3 credits)
This course is a broad overview of human anatomy and physiology with comparisons to representative vertebrates (e.g., fish, amphibian, reptile, bird, and mammal). The form and function of the human body will be explored using a systems approach. Connections will be drawn between major themes including cell theory, homeostasis, evolution, hierarchy of structure, and unity of form and function for the selected vertebrates.
HS 2100 - Administration of Recreational and Leisure Services (3 credits)
This course will discuss contemporary recreational therapy program organizational principles and administrative issues, such as assessment, instruction, evaluation, and supervision of staff and clients in recreational activities as part of a therapeutic/rehabilitative program.
LED 3000 - Introduction to Leadership (3 credits)
This course presents leadership as an on going and developing set of theories and models. Recognizing these theories and models provides a basis for understanding how leadership influences the success of individuals, groups, and organizations. The development of several of these theories and models will be examined to create a current perspective on leadership.
HS 3330 - Human Behavior and the Social Environment (3 credits)
This course focuses on conceptual frameworks and issues in human behavior and the social environment. Additionally, the interaction between the social environment and human behavior will be emphasized, applying a systems perspective across the life span. The course will also discuss substantial information on human diversity and populations at risk, including information on racial and ethnic groups, gender, and sexual orientation. Implications for practice and relationship building will be explored.
BHS 3110 - Health Care Ethics (3 credits)
This course is designed to introduce ethical thinking and concepts regarding health care to prepare the student with the essential vocabulary and thought processes to understand, evaluate and participate in ethical decision making.
HS 4250 - Program Planning and Evaluation (3 credits)
This course provides an overview of the competencies necessary to critically plan, implement and evaluate human service programs. Relevant program evaluation models are reviewed and a primer of quantitative and qualitative research methods is provided. Data collection techniques and the ethics and standards of evaluation practice are also covered. Social and human service trends relevant to program planning are also addressed in order to assist in the development of human service programs to meet future societal needs.
HS 4100 - Rehabilitation Principles and Case Management (3 credits)
The purpose of this course is to study the progression of rehabilitating individuals with disabilities in our society today. The relationship that exists among the different agencies and entities in the rehabilitation process will be highlighted and emphasized along with factors that facilitate or hinder the collaborative process. Principles and current practices in the process of rehabilitation will be introduced. These may include: the goals and models of case management in rehabilitation, client/consumer interviewing and assessment, planning for appropriate and effective intervention strategies, services, working with families, and benefits included in a rehabilitation plan, monitoring & evaluation of client progress, and follow up and closure.
RT 4100 - Field Placement in Recreational Therapy I (3 credits)
The field experience will be individually arranged and will provide a supervised on-site training experience (560 hours). Students will select their choice of a Community Based Organization (CBO) and will complete their field experience in this site. This experience will provide a hands-on implementation of principles and theory learned as they relate to recreational therapy settings. Students will be supervised by an onsite supervisor who is NCTRC CTRS certified on a weekly basis.
RT 4200 - Field Placement in Recreational Therapy II (3 credits)
The field experience will be individually arranged and will provide a supervised on-site training experience (560 hours). Students will select their choice of a Community Based Organization (CBO) and will complete their field experience in this site. This experience will provide a hands-on implementation of principles and theory learned as they relate to recreational therapy settings. Students will be supervised by an onsite supervisor who is NCTRC CTRS certified on a weekly basis. Prerequisite: RT 4100.