Therapeutic Recreation
(RTH)



Recreation Management/ Therapeutic Recreation Course Availability:

The following classes are open to all students in all majors: REC 100, 207, 306, 381, RTH 203, 204, 215, 216, 217, 218, 250, 325, 326, 327, 345, 355, 462, 474.

The following classes are open only to therapeutic recreation majors: RTH 260, 265, 330, 332, 333 (also open to child/youth care emphasis students), 452, 456, 470, 476, 480 (also open to gerontology emphasis students), 483, 490, 491, 493, 495, 496, 497, 498. The remaining REC/RTH classes are open only to recreation management majors or minors or therapeutic recreation majors.


RTH 203 Cr. 3
Outdoor Recreation Skills for Persons with Special Needs
This course is an introduction to a variety of outdoor recreation skills. Personal proficiency development in outdoor recreation skills and activities are emphasized as they relate to persons with disabilities. Prerequisite: REC 100. (Not open to those with credit for REC 202.) Offered occasionally.

RTH 204 Cr. 2
Multicultural Crafts and Folk Art
An exploration of the therapeutic dimensions of art making, through the traditional crafts and folk arts of many cultures. Students will learn to master several different folk art techniques and adapt them to personal use. Offered occasionally.

RTH 215 Cr. 1
Adapted Aquatic Activities
This course is designed to familiarize the student with training, teaching and assisting techniques when implementing, planning and conducting recreational aquatic activities for persons with disabilities. Water games and general activities which can be conducted in the aquatic environment will be included in this course. Offered
occasionally.

RTH 216 Cr. 1-2
Skiing Techniques for Persons with Physical and Visual Impairments
This course provides the student with information regarding down-hill skiing programs for persons with physical and visual impairments. Students must be at least an advanced beginner down-hill skier; specific ski techniques and equipment will be used in class. Offered occasionally.

RTH 217 Cr. 1
Organization and Coaching in Special Olympics
This course is designed to provide an opportunity for the student to prepare for eligibility as a Certified Special Olympics Coach. The course provides an overview of the Special Olympics Programs and how programs are initiated. Offered occasionally.

RTH 218 Cr. 1
Program Development in Special Olympics
An opportunity in planning, implementation and evaluation of a local area Special Olympics Program. Offered occasionally.

RTH 250 Cr. 3
Introduction to Therapeutic Recreation
This course is designed as an introduction to the history and foundations of therapeutic recreation. Models of health care/human services and therapeutic recreation are presented. Students will gain knowledge of services and settings; professional, legal and community resources; professional and ethical behavior. Prerequisite: REC 100 (may be taken concurrently with REC 100 if student has earned 30 credits or more.)

RTH 260 Cr. 1-2
Assistive Devices and Resources in Therapeutic Recreation
This course is designed to familiarize the student with the current new devices/equipment/supplies and resource centers available to clientele in need of special assistive devices/supplies. This course is also designed to familiarize the practitioner with devices which can be utilized in recreational program pursuits, as well as assisting the special populations in activities of daily living. Offered occasionally.

RTH 265 Cr. 1-2
Practical Considerations in Therapeutic Recreation
Practical information, creative concepts for programming, use of volunteers, staff relationships, burn-out, leisure education, job searching, interviewing techniques along with “hands-on” experience in various recreational settings will be presented in this course. Offered occasionally.

RTH 325 Cr. 2
Inclusive Recreation
This course is designed to provide the student with information regarding the general techniques and guidelines for planning and implementing recreational activities for persons with disabilities in non-institutional settings. The course will present general background, characteristics of disabling conditions, legislation, and program adaptations. Prerequisite: REC 200.

RTH 326 Cr. 3
Therapeutic Recreation Populations I
This course provides knowledge of illnesses and disabilities, including etiology, characteristics, abilities, potentials and limitations. Programming guidelines include adaptations and techniques for inclusion in therapeutic recreation services and the community. The following groups are included: persons with developmental disabilities, older adults, general and medical/surgical patients, persons with cancer, AIDS, sensory impairments, correctional clients and others. RTH 326 may precede or follow RTH 327. Prerequisite: RTH 250 or concurrent enrollment. Offered Sem. I.

RTH 327 Cr. 3
Therapeutic Recreation Populations II
This course provides knowledge of illness and disabilities, including etiology, characteristics, abilities, potentials and limitations. Programming guidelines include adaptations and techniques for inclusion in therapeutic recreation services and the community. The following groups are included: persons with physical disabilities, addictions, psychiatric diagnoses, and others. RTH 327 may precede or follow RTH 326. Prerequisite: RTH 250 or concurrent enrollment. Offered Sem. II.

RTH 330 Cr. 3
Therapeutic Recreation and Mental Health
This course is designed to provide students with information regarding therapeutic recreation services to persons with psychiatric problems. Programming considerations will include prevention strategies and treatment concerns. Prerequisite: RTH 250, 326 or 327.

RTH 332 Cr. 3
Therapeutic Recreation for Persons with Physical Disabilities
This course is designed to provide students with information relating to therapeutic recreation services for individuals with physical disabilities. Programming considerations will include treatment concerns, community inclusion, wheelchair sports and leisure activities. Prerequisite: RTH 250, 326 or 327. Offered occasionally.

RTH 333 Cr. 3
Therapeutic Recreation and Corrections
This course provides an overview of the use of leisure and recreation for individuals in correctional settings. The following topics are addressed: settings, psychiatric disorders, laws/juvenile codes, intervention strategies, activity adaptations, current trends and the criminal justice system. Functional improvement, leisure education and recreation participation are the focus of therapeutic recreation services. Prerequisite: RTH 250 or 325. Offered Sem. I.

RTH 345 Cr. 3
Leisure in Gerontology
This course is designed to offer experience and theory in gerontology as it relates to leisure; current trends and projections of older adults, as they search for a meaningful existence will be discussed. Offered Sem. II.

RTH 355 Cr. 3
Medical Language
An introduction to medical terminology with emphasis on word roots, combining forms, prefixes and suffixes through the various systems. There is also a unit on basic pharmacology. Prerequisite: ESS 205 and RTH 326 or 327.

RTH 452 Cr. 2-3
Innovative Activities in Therapeutic Recreation
This course is designed to acquaint the individual working with special populations in educational and recreational settings, through the utilization of minimal equipment, with various activities which can enhance functioning level of persons with disabilities or special needs. Prerequisite: RTH 250, RTH 326 or 327. Offered Sem. I.

RTH 456/556 Cr. 3
Program Design and Administration of Therapeutic Recreation
This course is designed to present a rationale and foundation for systematic program design, program implementation and program evaluation in various therapeutic recreation settings. Prerequisite: MTH 145 or 250, RTH 326 or 327.

RTH 462/562 Cr. 2-3
Inclusive Recreation Program Administration
This course is designed to provide the student with information relating to recreation in inclusive settings. General Administration concepts, management concepts, advocacy, legislation, and therapeutic recreation as a related service in the schools will receive special emphasis in this course. Prerequisite: RTH 325 or 326 or 327. Offered Sem. II.

RTH 470/570 Cr. 4
Facilitation Techniques in Therapeutic Recreation
This course is designed to present an overview of concepts and interaction techniques used in the provision of goal-oriented therapeutic recreation services. Included are counseling techniques, leadership and instructional techniques appropriate for use in treatment, leisure education and recreation participation. Prerequisite: MTH 145 or 250, RTH 326 or 327, RTH 456 or concurrent enrollment.

RTH 474/574 Cr. 3
Experiential Education: Facilitation Techniques for a Ropes Course
This course is designed to present in-depth information, skills and knowledge of the concepts and facilitation techniques used in experiential education. This course is primarily designed using the ropes and challenge course on the UW-L campus. Prerequisite: students must provide a statement of health and complete an assumption of risk/waiver.*

RTH 476/576 Cr. 3
Assessment and Treatment Planning in Therapeutic Recreation
Overview of individual client assessments used in therapeutic recreation practice; development of individualized treatment/program plans in a therapeutic recreation context; review resources, standards and issues related to client assessment and program planning in therapy, leisure education and recreation participation programs. Prerequisite: RTH 456, 470.

RTH 480/580 Cr. 3
Leisure Education
This course is designed to provide a philosophical understanding and overview of leisure education as well as to emphasize the approaches and strategies that can be utilized in enabling people to enhance the quality of their own lives in leisure. The focus will be leisure education as a major component of therapeutic recreation services. Topics included are leisure theory, leisure education conceptual models, leisure education programming techniques, facilitation of leisure education groups for various ages. Prerequisite: RTH 456, 470. Gerontology students should have completed one core gerontology course and have permission from the director of therapeutic recreation.

RTH 483/583 Cr. 3
Leisure Counseling in Therapeutic Recreation
A course designed to demonstrate how leisure counseling has become an important phase of therapeutic recreation services. Students will practice intermediate level counseling skills. They will be able to conceptualize and implement leisure counseling services from assessment stage, implementation stages (both individual and group), to evaluation and referral stages. Students will learn strategies for dealing with different types of leisure-related problems. Prerequisite: RTH 470, 480.

RTH 490 Cr. 1-3
Workshop in Therapeutic Recreation
Group study of varying therapeutic recreation topics. University professors as well as visiting lecturers will be invited to address the students and conduct specialized phases of the workshops. Repeatable for credit under different subtitles. No student may earn more than six credits in REC 375, RTH 490, REC/RTH 491. Offered occasionally.

RTH 491/591 Cr. 1-3
Workshop in Therapeutic Recreation
Group study of varying therapeutic recreation topics. University professors as well as visiting lecturers will be invited to address the students and conduct specialized phases of the workshops. Repeatable for credit under different subtitles. No student may earn more than six credits in REC 375, RTH 490, REC/RTH 491.

RTH 493/593 Cr. 3
Therapeutic Recreation Trends and Issues
This course provides an examination of current issues, trends and professionalization concerns in therapeutic recreation, including professional organizations, ethics, current legislation, professional development, professional standards, credentialing, accreditation standards, improving organizational performance, and current professional controversies. Course should be taken the last semester prior to internship. Prerequisite: MTH 145 or 250,
RTH 456.

RTH 495 Cr. 1-3
Independent Study in Therapeutic Recreation
Individualized study of areas not available in existing courses. Prerequisite: consent of chairperson and/or director of therapeutic recreation. Repeatable for credit — maximum 6.

RTH 496 Cr. 1
Orientation to Internship in Therapeutic Recreation
Orientation and preparation to the required senior internship. Course should be taken one or two semesters prior to enrollment in RTH 498. Prerequisite: Accepted into the therapeutic recreation major, junior standing, 50 hours of pre-internship experience must be verified with at least a satisfactory rating prior to enrolling. Pass/Fail grading.


RTH 497 Cr. 1-3
Special Projects in Therapeutic Recreation
Individualized study areas not available in existing courses or Independent Study. Program Project: the planning, implementation and evaluation of a project. These projects will be completed under the supervision and direction of a staff member with permission from the student’s adviser within the department. Examples: wheelchair sports/coaching, wheel-a-thon, special recreation programs, Special Olympics, wheelchair dancing and other events. Prerequisite: junior standing, consent of instructor, student’s adviser, REC 300
or RTH 456. Repeatable for credit — maximum 6.

RTH 498 Cr. 12 or 16
Internship in Therapeutic Recreation
Application of the methods and techniques of therapeutic recreation, leadership, program development and administration through a supervised internship experience in therapeutic recreation, special recreation, leisure education and/or treatment programs. Prerequisite: declared therapeutic recreation major, senior standing, 2.50 cumulative GPA or 3.00 outside of 250 mile radius, all required REC/RTH courses completed, American Red Cross Standard First Aid certification or its equivalent must be current throughout the RTH 498 experience.



 

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