Applied Therapeutic Recreation

“The battle for self-mastery may leave a person a bit bruised and battered, but always a better man or woman. Self-mastery is a rigorous process at best; too many of us want it to be effortless and painless.”

(President Thomas S. Monson)

Required Textbooks

(Keep your books as they will be used in almost every Therapeutic Recreation class you will be taking while enrolled in the program)

    1. American Therapeutic Recreation Association (2013) Standards of Practice: Standards for the Practice of Recreational Therapy & Self-Assessment Guide. Hattiesburg, MI. (ISBN: 1-889435-48-1) (Used in RM 373, 471, 472 & 473)
    2. Anderson, L & Heyne, L. (2012) Therapeutic Recreation Practices: A Strength Based Approach, 1st Ed. State College, PA:Venture Publishing, Inc. (ISBN: 1892132966) (For Reference Only, used in RM 370, 371, 471, 472, 473)
    3. Stumbo, N. & Wardlaw, B (2011). Facilitation of Therapeutic Recreation Service: An Evidence-Based and Best PracticeApproach to Techniques and Processes. State College, PA: Venture Publishing, Inc. (ISBN: 189213294X) (Used in RM 370,371, 373, 471 & 472)
    4. Stumbo, Norma J. Leisure Education II: A Manual of Activities and Resources

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Course Description

This course is designed as a lab to give students experience in the workforce with those of special populations, as well as learning how to implement the TR Process (Assessment, Planning, Implementation, Evaluation, and Discharge) in a community and/or clinical setting.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course students will be able to do the following:

  1. Demonstrate and implement knowledge of recreation therapy practice.
  2. Demonstrate and implement evaluation methods to determine effectiveness of treatment and management.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, students will meet the following professional accreditation standards for NRPA/AALR Council on Accreditation:

Course Grading

RM 373 students will be evaluated upon the following (more detailed information follows):

Assignment Percentage Grading
Course Introduction 2

Note: Traditional

Grading will apply.

90–100% =A

80–89% =B

70–79% =C

60–69% =D

Below 60% =F

Reflection Journal (6 @ 20 pts) 3
Projects 15
Presentations 10
Practicum 10
Read & Outline 5
Article Critiques 10
Treatment Outlines 15
Charting 15

Please understand that team work is a realistic model for professionalism; however, some team work can be tedious. Within the rubrics there is a built in evaluation that every member of the team must complete. Individual ratings will be heavily weighted on the assignments, so groups are not guaranteed to receive the same grades on the assignments. The instructor reserves the right to individually grade according to the efforts put forth by individual team members.

You may request a team change for another assignment. It is not guaranteed that this will occur.

Course Policies

Class Participation

Extra credit is only accepted if you have no missing assignments. Be responsible & professional!


Assignments must be posted via I-Learn prior to the time indicated. If you miss the submission window your work will not be accepted by I-Learn; however, you may submit late work via the digital drop box on I-Learn. For each day it is late (weekend or weekday) 20% will be deducted from the value of the assignment.

Review the rubrics

All reports, projects, and assignments must be typed and presented in a professional manner. Proofread your work! If you feel you need assistance in this area, see the instructor or contact the Writing Center so that help can be provided and your grade will not be diminished. Finally, you are expected to do your own work, give credit for the ideas and works of others, and cite your sources (APA format is standard).

The instructor is more than willing to look over your group assignments in advance; however, if you want this done, the instructor must see them one week prior to their completion in order to have enough time to review them and give constructive feedback.

Etiquette in class

Students are expected to obey the Honor Code.

Academic Learning

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Preventing Sexual Harassment

Title IX, of the Education Amendments of 1972, prohibits sex discrimination against any participant in an educational program or activity that receives federal funds, including federal loans and grants. Title IX also covers student-to student sexual harassment. If you encounter unlawful sexual harassment or gender-based discrimination, please contact the Equal Employment Office at KIM 240 or call at 356-1130 (24 hours).

Students with Disabilities

Brigham Young University-Idaho is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere which reasonably accommodates qualified persons with disabilities. If you have any disability which may impair your ability to complete this course successfully,please contact the Services for Students with Disabilities Office. Reasonable academic accommodations are reviewed for all students who have qualified documented disabilities. Services are coordinated with the student and instructor by the Services for Students with Disabilities Office. If you need assistance or if you feel you have been unlawfully discriminated against on the basis of disability, you may seek resolution through established grievance policy and procedures. You should contact the Equal Employment Office at KIM 240 or call at 356-1130 (24 hours).

The instructor reserves the right to change the syllabus at any time throughout the course. Thank you to Karen Richardson for her contribution to the syllabus.