Course Syllabus

“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)


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.

There are no prerequisites for this course
Required Resources

(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. 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)

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Course Outcomes

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

  1. Assess evidence-based modalities and interventions appropriate to practice.
  2. Design a treatment plan encompassing recreation therapy practice.
  3. Differentiate appropriate use of professional terminology for charting client progress.

Major Assignments

The table below is meant to help you see the relevance of each major assignment as it pertains to the course outcomes (CO).

Major Assignment Description CO#
W06 Midterm: Student Presentations View the presentation and attached handout and respond to the discussion question. 1.2.3
Treatment Plan Project   1.2

Weekly Patterns

The table below displays typical weekly activities, due dates, and activity descriptions. 

Due Date* Learning Model Activity Title Description
Midweek Ponder& Prove Read and Outline Demonstrate your understanding of techniques you can use while designing interventions.

Teach One Another

Group Discussion Engage in meaningful discussion about the application of this week’s intervention technique.
End of Week Prove Weekly Assignment Understand how to create treatment outlines for clients in individual and group settings.

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Learning Model

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You can expect to receive grades and feedback within 7 days of the due date for all assignments.

Late work 

Professionals are expected to submit work in a timely manner. Therefore, late work will not be accepted. If you have an extenuating circumstance such as a birth or death in the family, hospitalization, major car accident, or other serious situation, please contact your instructor to discuss options that might be available to you.

Grading Scale

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 team work is a realistic model for professionalism; however, some team work can be tedious. Within the rubrics there is a built in evaluation 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 to be granted.

University Policies

Students with Disabilities

Brigham Young University-Idaho is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere that accommodates qualified persons with disabilities. If you have a disability and require accommodations, please contact the Disability Services Office (Links to an external site.) at (208) 496-9210 or visit their website and follow the Steps for Receiving Accommodations (Links to an external site.). Reasonable academic accommodations are reviewed for all students who have qualified documented disabilities. Services are coordinated with students and instructors by the Disability Services Office.

This course may require synchronous meetings. If you are currently registered with the Disability Services Office and need an interpreter or transcriber for these meetings, please contact the deaf and hard of hearing coordinator at (208) 496-9219.

Other University Policies

Student Honor and Other Policies

Please read through the document called University Policies. It gives important information about the following topics:

  • Student Honor
    • Academic Honesty
    • Student Conduct
      • Sexual Harassment
  • Student with Disabilities
  • Complaints and Grievances
  • Copyright Notice

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Academic Honesty

All of the materials in this course are covered by fair use and copyright law and are proprietary (intellectual property). Students are not permitted to sell, post, trade, share, distribute, or send any information contained in this course (including outlines, handouts, syllabi, exams, quizzes, PowerPoint presentations, lectures, audio, and video recordings, or images of the same, etc. including students' own work for this course) to any parties outside of this course (Course Hero, Quizlet, Google Docs, etc.) by any means (posting, uploading, attachments, etc.) without the express written permission from the creator of these works and the Department Chair.

Any of these actions violate the Academic Honesty policies of Brigham Young University-Idaho (please see Academic Honesty) and will be dealt with as such.

The materials in this course are also intellectual property and taking any materials from the course and posting them outside of this course in any manner will be construed as theft and distribution of intellectual property. If students engage in any of these actions or use any of these materials without authorization, the instructor has the right to impose an appropriate academic sanction (in other words, give them a failing grade for the assignment and/or fail them from the course). Additionally, the respective Course Lead, Program Lead, and/or Department Chair also reserve the right to impose appropriate academic sanctions regardless of any imposed by the instructor.


This syllabus and the course schedule may be changed at any time prior to or during the semester as the need arises.


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Course Summary:

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