GWL261 - Therapeutic Program Planning

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Subject Title
Therapeutic Program Planning

Subject Description
This subject introduces the student to the therapeutic program planning process. The course introduces students to the scope and principles of therapeutic recreation focusing on evidence based treatment and the leisure ability model. The student learns to develop a complete therapeutic recreation program plan starting from needs assessment, goal and objective setting, selection of appropriate intervention methods, the intervention process, to program evaluation and quality assurance. The student also learns the rudiments of program resource requirements including budgeting.

Credit Status
One Credit

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

  1. Explain and apply the principles of therapeutic recreation and its conceptual framework and underlying philosophies (comprehension)
  2. Demonstrate understanding of the scope of practice and purposes of therapeutic recreation in an assignment (comprehension)
  3. Discover unmet needs through practicing in class activities relating to survey techniques, assessments, client observation (cognitive: application)
  4. Use activation assessment tools as seen in classroom activities and on the major assignment (cognitive: application)
  5. Select and write client-appropriate therapeutic goals and objectives as demonstrated in the major assignment (cognitive; analysis) 
  6. Select appropriate therapeutic recreations interventions to achieve specific goals in accordance with evidence-based treatment trials as demonstrated in an assignment (cognitive: application, evaluation)
  7. Develop a basic budget for a program as demonstrated in an assignment (cognitive: application)
  8. Apply therapeutic recreation quality assurance methods and tools as evidenced in an assignment (cognitive: knowledge)  
  9. Develop a therapeutic recreation program plan for a target client group of older adults, demonstrated in the major assignment (cognitive: synthesis, application, evaluation)

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

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

Execute mathematical operations accurately.

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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