RM 371 - Therapeutic Recreation: Evidence Practice

Required Textbooks

(Keep your books, as they will be used in almost every therapeutic recreation course you will be taking while enrolled in the program.)
  1. Anderson, L & Heyne, L. (2012) Therapeutic Recreation Practices: A Strength Based Approach, 1st Ed. State College, PA: Venture Publishing, Inc. (ISBN: 1892132966)
  2. Peterson, C., & Stumbo, S. (2009). Therapeutic Recreation Program Design: Principles and Procedures, 5th Ed. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall. (ISBN: 032154188X)
  3. Stumbo, N. & Wardlaw, B (2011). Facilitation of Therapeutic Recreation Service: An Evidence-Based and Best Practice Approach to Techniques and Processes. State College, PA: Venture Publishing, Inc. (ISBN: 189213294X)

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Recommended Textbooks

  1. American Psychological Association (2009). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association(6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

Other Required Readings

Course Description

This course is designed as an introduction to therapeutic recreation, including philosophy and theory.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course students will be able to:

  1. Identify and explain definitions of therapeutic recreation.
  2. Identify and explain different therapeutic recreation practice models.
  3. Understand and apply interdisciplinary theories employed in therapeutic recreation programming.
  4. Describe the process and procedures for developing specific programs.

Therapeutic Recreation Learning Outcomes Met by the Course

  1. Be able to articulate the history, social psychological foundations, and value of therapeutic recreation services. (Council on Accreditation Standard 9D.02; 7D.05; 9D.01, .04, .10).
  2. Possess an understanding of effective theory based assessment, individualized program planning, implementation, and evaluation for diverse populations. (7D.01, .02, .03, .04; 9D. 03, 05, .06, .12, .16).
  3. Think and communicate critically, analytically, and synthetically about professional applications and issues in TR. (9D.17, .18, .21, .22).
  4. Successfully pass the National Council on Therapeutic Recreation Certification exam and become a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist.

Course Objectives

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

Course Grading

You may access all points for the course via I-Learn. Final grades are submitted utilizing the university system of A, A-, B+, etc.

Due dates are found in the course schedule

Weighted grades are as follows:

Category Percent
Specific Program Design 15
Reflection Journal 5
Discussion Boards 5
Model Presentation 5
Reading & Outlines 15
Podcast & Presentation Summaries 8
Quizzes & Exams 10
Assignments 8
Tables 5
Practicum 8
Digital Notebook 8
TR Commercial 8

Course Policies

Assignments—Assignments must be posted via I-Learn prior to the time indicated, unless otherwise specified by the instructor. 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. Proof 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).

Etiquette in this course—Students will be expected to obey the Honor Code, and be courteous in their communications via e-mail as well as discussion board posts.

Academic Learning—Go to http://www.byui.edu/AcademicLearning for information about how the writing, reading, math, and study skills centers can help you increase success in all of your classes.


If any technical difficulties arise throughout the course, contact the Online Support Center or the Help Desk before contacting the instructor.

Online Support Center

Phone: (208) 496-1411
Email: onlinelearning@byui.edu
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Help Desk

Phone: (208) 496-1411
Email: helpdesk@byui.edu
Website: http://www.byui.edu/help-desk
Hours: Monday through Friday, 7 AM to 9 PM and Saturday, 9 AM to 5 PM


Materials on BYU-I, I-Learn, and related sites may be protected by US Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S. Code). These materials are only for the use of students enrolled in this course, for purposes associated with this course, and may not be retained or further disseminated.

University Policies

Academic honesty is required and any violation with be dealt with according to the University Academic Honesty Policy.

Policy on Sexual Discrimination/Harassment

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits sex discrimination against any participant in an education 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 Personnel Office at (208) 496-1130.

Reasonable Accommodation for 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, (208) 496-1158. Reasonable academic accommodations are reviewed for all students who have qualified documented disabilities. Services are coordinated with the student and instructor by this 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 Personnel Office at (208) 496-1130.

Personal Conduct

All of your correspondence with the teacher or other classmates must be respectful. Writing something disrespectful or “venting” is unprofessional and not becoming of a university student. In addition, it is not in accordance with the Honor Code of BYU-Idaho and you will be subject to discipline accordingly. You are invited to re-read the BYU-I Honor Code and the “Principles of Personal Honor.” http://www.byui.edu/student-honor-office/ces-honor-code