GWL208 - Gerontological Group and Activation Techniques

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Subject Title
Gerontological Group and Activation Techniques

Subject Description
This subject introduces the student to group modalities and programs used in activation and social service departments in gerontological agencies and institutions. Students will be introduced to small group work principles and practices for facilitating groups. Students will become familiar with common human body disorders for older adults and the programs to restore or maintain function across the domains from a holistic strengths-based biopsychosocial approach. Legislation and best practices relating to empowerment, and cultural relevance, for facilitating groups for older adults in a variety of settings will be introduced.

Credit Status
One Credit

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Comprehend the principles of group work including benefits for older adults, stages of a group, group dynamics, meeting interpersonal needs of clients, leadership qualities through experiential learning activities, and as shown on tests (cognitive: comprehension) 
  2. Identify how programs are set up in long term care facilities and retirement homes through the use of the activity calendar in accordance with legislation on the provision of activities
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of a variety of therapeutic recreation programs used in various settings in those settings for target client groups in assignments and tests (cognitive: knowledge) 
  4. Comprehend the purpose, scope and principles of activation and therapeutic recreation as shown on tests, assignments, and experiential learning activities (cognitive: knowledge)
  5. Apply a holistic, biopsychosocial, strengths based, anti-oppression, approach to providing activities based on the domains and relevant legislation as shown in class activities, and assignments
  6. Identify at an introductory level knowledge of the typical health concerns and disorders that older adults experience through presentations and assignments (cognitive: knowledge)
  7. Research and discover activation and therapeutic recreation resources appropriate to various target client groups in assignments and presentation (cognitive: application)
  8. Facilitate a small activity group in front of the class (cognitive; application, synthesis)

Essential Employability Skills
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Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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