Recreation, Parks and Tourism 319

RCPT 319: Introduction to Recreation Therapy

Prerequisites: Major in RCPT

Credit Hours: (3)

Provides knowledge of the theories and concepts of therapeutic recreation, leisure, social psychology, and human development as related to the nature and scope of health and human service delivery systems and the ability to integrate these in a variety of settings. Also provides an essential knowledge of the diversity of the populations including diagnostic groups served, including etiology, symptomatology, prognosis, treatment of conditions and related secondary complications.

Note(s): Students cannot receive credit for both RCPT 219 and RCPT 319.


Detailed Description of Content of the Course

This course deals with aspects of disabling conditions and how individuals with these conditions may be integrated into public and private services. Topics discussed will include attitudes toward individuals with disabilities, legislation, accessibility, rights of individuals with disabilities, and understanding of specific conditions.


Detailed Description of Conduct of the Course

The course will include lecture and experiential components which are intended to further student understanding of responsibilities for serving individuals with disabilities. Personalizing beliefs toward disabilities and drawing on past Experiences will be used to facilitate student learning. In addition, students will be required to participate in several activities which focus on the inclusion rather than the exclusion of these individuals.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

1. Understanding of the importance of leisure service delivery systems for diverse populations.

2. Understanding of inclusive practices as they apply to:

   a.    Operating programs and services

   b.    Design of areas and facilities

3. Knowledge of the roles, functions, and trends in health and human service agencies and the role of therapeutic recreation in these settings.

4. Knowledge of the impact of social attitudes toward illness and disability and of the attitudes and self-concepts held by individuals with illnesses and/or disabilities during leisure experiences

5. Knowledge of the nature and implications of governmental regulations, professional standards of practice, external accreditation, and agency standards relative to therapeutic recreation service


Assessment Measures

Student progress will be assessed through homework, assignments, exams, disability awareness projects, and reaction journals.


Other Course Information



Review and Approval

Revised 2013

Revised February 2005 Edward Udd, Chair

Revised 5/7/09