Recreation Management and Therapeutic Recreation (REC/RTH)

College of Science and Health
Department Chair: George Arimond
2036 Health Science Center,
(608) 785-8207
email: arimond.geor@uwlax.edu

www.uwlax.edu/sah/rmtr/

Professors: Arimond, Murray, Navar, Simpson;
Associate Professors: Ardovino, Holland, Wadell;
Assistant Professor: Berns;
Lecturer: Widuch.

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Exercise Science, Health, and Recreation Transfer Policy

Students transferring into recreation programs must have a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher at the time of transfer.

Recreation Management Major

(Science and Health) — 57 credits (79 total credits including interdisciplinary requirements) Core requirements: REC 150, 200, 300, 302, 304, 305, 320, 340, 400, 401, 402, 420, 449, 450; RTH 325.
Electives: three credits from REC 202, 375, 480, 481; RTH 474.
Interdisciplinary requirements: (22 credits) ENV 201 or GEO 200, POL 102, PSY 212, ECO 110, ENG 307, ACC 221 or 235, MTH 145.

All majors in recreation management must pass all required REC and RTH courses with a grade of “C” or higher. All majors, prior to enrollment in REC 300, must complete the 50-hour underclass pre-professional experience requirement. Prior to enrollment in REC 449, majors must complete a junior-level 50-hour experience requirement. These are non-class field experiences at recreation management agencies.

Therapeutic Recreation Major

(Science and Health) 73-75 credits excluding General Education credits  
General Education courses: BIO 103 or 105 or MIC 100, MTH 145, PSY 100
Interdisciplinary requirements: PSY 212, 304, ESS 205 or BIO 312.
Professional Core requirements: REC 150, 200, RTH 250, 252, 319, 326, 327, 355, 456, 462, 470, 476, 480, 493, 496, 498 (16 credits). Electives: A minimum of 5-6 credits are required; one elective course must be chosen from list below.

Electives: A minimum of 5-6 credits are required; select at least 3 credits from list 1.

  1. RTH 105, 267, 330, 332, 333, 345, 400, 401, 483
  2. RTH 203, 204, 215, 474, 491, 495, 497, REC 430, PSY 305, 313, 318, 343, 347, 382, 401, 417; HED 205, 345, 412, 469, 472.

Other Requirements:

  1. A successful 50 hours of therapeutic recreation experience (volunteer or paid) must be documented before enrolling in RTH 456. See your faculty adviser about qualifying experience
  2. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 or greater to enter program
  3. Students must obtain a therapeutic recreation faculty adviser when admitted. Advisers are assigned by the SAH College Dean’s Office
  4. Before enrolling in Internship (RTH 498), all required courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better; and the student must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5  

Recreation Management Minor

(All colleges excluding therapeutic recreation majors) — 19 credits – REC 150, 200, 300, 302; RTH 325; five credits from REC 105, 202, 205, 207, 304, 305, 306, 320, 340, 375, 400, 401, 402, 403, 420, 430, 480, 481, 491, 495, 497, 499, RTH 462. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.50 or greater to enter the program.

Recreation Management Minor for Therapeutic Recreation Majors

19 credits – REC 150, 200, 302, 320, 401; four credits from REC 105, 202, 205, 207, 300, 304, 305, 306, 340, 375, 400, 402, 403, 420, 430, 480, 481, 491, 495, 497, 499, RTH 462. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.50 or greater to enter the program.

Inclusive Recreation Minor

The Americans with Disabilities Act mandates that agencies offering recreation programs must accommodate people with disabilities. The inclusive recreation minor prepares professionals from various disciplines to address concerns such as accessibility, knowledge of disabilities, making programs appropriate, and adapting activities. Persons employed in the following types of settings would benefit from this major: play areas, recreation facilities such as amusement rides, boating facilities, fishing piers and platforms, miniature gold courses, golf courses, sporting facilities, swimming pools and spas, outdoor developed areas, YMCAs, and youth clubs. Persons involved in the following professions would benefit from this minor: recreation management, education, physical education, fitness, special education, health and wellness, psychology, business, sports management, and other social and human service areas.

   The inclusive recreation minor is not a comprehensive therapeutic recreation curriculum, nor is it intended to lead toward national certification. The inclusive recreation minor is academic preparation to assist professionals who are interested in providing inclusive recreation programs.

(All majors excluding therapeutic recreation) — 21 credits - required courses: REC 150; RTH 250; three credits from RTH 325, 326, 327; RTH 456; RTH 462; three credits from RTH 252, 203, 204, 474, ESS 233, 435; elective courses: (Select 3-4 credits to reach a total of 21 credits)
RTH 203, 204, 215, 252, 325, 326, 327, 330, 332, 345, 474, 480; REC 200, 202, 304, 305, 430; PSY 304; ESS 233, 435  

Recreation Management (REC)

Recreation Management/Therapeutic Recreation Course Availability:

The following classes are open to all students in all majors: REC 150, 207, 306, 481, RTH 203, 204, 215, 250, 325, 326, 327, 345, 355, 474. The following classes are open only to therapeutic recreation majors: RTH 252, 260, 330, 332, 333 (also open to child/youth care emphasis students), 456, 462, 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, therapeutic recreation majors and inclusive recreation minors.

The recreation management/therapeutic recreation department incorporates a significant amount of writing through the required courses instead of identifying particular courses as writing emphasis courses. Students who complete one of the majors in the department will fulfill the university writing emphasis requirement.


+ next to a course number indicates a General Education course.


REC/RTH 105 Cr. 3 Multicultural Recreation and Cultural Competency

 This course involves examination of past and present play, recreation, and leisure of racial/ethnic minorities in America. The course introduces students to some of the critical issues impacting the multicultural recreation experience. Knowledge and leadership skills needed for cultural competence in leisure service delivery are examined. (Cross-listed with RTH, may only earn credit in REC or RTH.) Offered occasionally.  

+ HPR 105 Cr. 3 Creating a Healthy, Active Lifestyle

This course will focus on the knowledge and skills necessary for the appreciation and enhancement of a healthful lifestyle throughout the life span. Major health issues, physical fitness, movement skills and effective use of leisure will be explored. Offered Fall, Spring.  

HPR/HP 106 Cr. 2 Introduction to Health Related Careers

Overview of health related professions in the health delivery system. Course will include educational and professional aspects of a broad range of health related careers. General topics will include an overview of the health related delivery system, health reform, legal and ethical issues, and professionalism. An interdisciplinary approach will be utilized to present specific information on individual health related professions. (Cross-listed with HP; may only earn credit in HPR or HP.) Offered Spring.  

REC 150 Cr. 3 Foundations of Recreation

Review of the sociological, philosophical, economic, and historical aspects of recreation and leisure. An introduction to recreation as a profession and investigation of contemporary issues in recreation and leisure. Offered Fall, Spring.  

REC 200 Cr. 3 Program Leadership of Recreation Activities

An introduction to leadership techniques and theory as it relates to direct leadership of recreation activities. Development of skills for organizing and leading specific recreation activities, including cooperative games and group initiatives. Prerequisite: REC 150 or concurrent enrollment. Offered Fall, Spring.  

REC 202 Cr. 3 Outdoor Recreation Skills

An introduction to a variety of outdoor recreation skills and activities associated with the natural environment. The emphasis is on participation and leadership in “lifetime” activity that occurs in the out-of-doors. Emphasis will be placed on proper ethics in the wilderness and the natural environment. A field trip will be required. Prerequisite: REC 150. (Not open to those with credit for RTH 203.)*  Offered Fall, Spring.     *One of the following courses will be offered each semester: REC 202, 375, 480, 481, and RTH 474  

REC 205 Cr. 2 Camp Leadership

Camp Leadership is designed as a practical approach to the management of a camp. This course will familiarize the student with the organization and administrative skills needed to manage a camp. Analysis of various types of camp sponsorship, principles, techniques, resources, leadership and group behavior will be addressed. Specific aspects of camping will be addressed and explored including: food, lodging, transportation, site development, programming, personnel, public relations, sanitation, finance, legal liability, health and safety. Offered occasionally.  

REC 207 Cr. 1 Experiential Education: Introduction to a Ropes Course

This course will focus on the participatory experience and benefits of using group initiatives, low elements and high elements of a ropes course. A ropes course is a series of problem-solving events which must be negotiated in order to achieve a determined goal. The events are constructed of telephone poles and cables that vary in height from one foot to forty feet off the ground. The ropes course will enable participants to grow by creating experiences that foster individual and group development. Course prerequisite: students must provide a Statement of Health and complete and sign an Assumption of Risk/Waiver. Pass/Fail grading. Offered occasionally.  

REC 300 Cr. 3 Program Planning in Recreation

This course provides practical knowledge and experiences on the essential elements and design concepts of program planning. Emphasis is placed on student involvement in planning and directing programs for diverse populations in a variety of physical settings. Prerequisite: REC 150, 200 (or concurrent enrollment) and completion of 50-hour underclass preprofessional experience. Offered Fall, Spring.  

REC 302 Cr. 3 Recreation Leadership and Supervision

Study of theories and techniques in leadership, group dynamics, and personnel management as they relate to programming and staff supervision in recreation agencies. Emphasis on personnel management techniques, including job analysis, recruitment, selection training, motivation, career development, and evaluation of paid staff and volunteers. Course includes issues common to full-time entry-level professional positions in recreation. Prerequisite: REC 150, junior standing. Offered Fall, Spring.  

REC 304 Cr. 3 Maintenance of Park and Outdoor Recreation Areas

 Introduction to the many aspects of maintaining parks and outdoor recreation areas. Prerequisite: junior standing. Offered Fall, Spring.  

REC 305 Cr. 2 Operation and Management of Swimming Pools and Spas

The efficient operation and management of swimming pools, spas, and other aquatic facilities. The promotion of attractive aquatic programs. Prerequisite: junior standing. Offered Fall, Spring.  

REC 306 Cr. 3 Outdoor Recreation and the Natural Resources

This course provides an overview of the natural resources used for outdoor recreational pursuits, an analysis of leisure activities dependent upon natural resources, a presentation of the problems of recreational land use and an introduction to environmental awareness and outdoor safety. Recreation and natural resources at the national, state, local and private levels will be addressed with emphasis on the understanding of how outdoor recreation affects and is affected by natural resources. Offered occasionally.  

REC 320 Cr. 3 Enterprises in Commercial Recreation and Tourism

An introduction to the scope, characteristics and management aspects of tourism and the private (for-profit) sector of recreation. The course provides a basic understanding of entrepreneurship and management of a small retail recreation business. It also examines the nature and scope of tourism as well as the future development and evolution of tourism. Offered Fall, Spring.  

REC 340 Cr. 3 Evaluation Methods and Practices

This course is designed to familiarize the student with basic measurement and evaluation methods used in recreation and leisure service field. In addition, the course shows students how to interpret current and future research findings in leisure and recreation journals, use basic quantitative and qualitative survey methods, interpret findings from commonly used research and statistical methods, and form conclusions and recommendations from survey findings. Prerequisite: MTH 145. Offered Fall, Spring.  

REC 375 Cr. 1-3 Workshop in Recreation Management

This is a group study of various recreation, leisure, or tourism topics. University professors and/or visiting lecturers will conduct the workshops. Repeatable for credit under different subtitles, but no student may earn more than six credits in REC 375, RTH 490 and REC/RTH 491. Repeatable for credit — maximum six. Offered occasionally. May require field trip.* Offered occasionally.   *One of the following courses will be offered each semester: REC 202, 375, 480, 481, and RTH 474  

REC 400 Cr. 3 Planning for Park and Recreation Facilities

Designed to equip the student with the basic knowledge necessary to understand and implement the planning process in the development of park and recreation facilities. This course is also designed to familiarize the student with federal, state and local statutes, and other related documents (U.S. Census, Wisconsin Administrative Codes, county and municipal ordinances). Prerequisite: REC 300 and ENG 307. Offered Fall, Spring.  

REC 401 Cr. 3 Management in Park and Recreation Resources

 Designed to equip the student with the basic knowledge and abilities necessary to administer a public, not-for-profit, or a commercial leisure service organization or a division of a leisure service organization. Emphasis will be placed on management functions as they relate to the leisure service organization. Prerequisite: REC 302. Offered Fall, Spring.  

REC 402/502 Cr. 3 Risk Management in Leisure Service Organizations

 This course will identify the primary components of risk management as it deals with the legal aspects of tort liability and contracts in leisure service organizations. It is designed to equip the student with the basic knowledge necessary to understand and manage legal risks associated with leisure service organizations. Prerequisite: REC 401. Offered Fall, Spring.  

REC 403 Cr. 2 Management of Special Facilities and Areas

An exposure to and study of specialized facilities and areas within the public and commercial sectors of recreation. Facilities studied include golf courses, marinas, beaches, indoor and outdoor skating rinks, downhill, and cross country ski areas, and cemeteries. Prerequisite: junior standing.  Offered occasionally.  

REC 420/520 Cr. 3 Commercial Recreation Management

Covers business management techniques and skills currently used in the private (for-profit) sector of recreation. Emphasis is on business formation strategies, methods of capitalization, market planning, pricing, and financial management. Prerequisite: REC 320 and ACC 221 or 235. Offered Fall, Spring.  

REC 430/530 Cr. 1 Introduction to American Sign Language

This course is a basic introduction into American Sign Language (ASL), designed to familiarize the student with the basic structural characteristics of American Sign Language and the basic of finger spelling. Vocabulary taught includes getting acquainted, school, and emergency health situations. The origins of ASL and aspects of deaf culture are addressed. The deaf culture topics concentrate on how the hearing person can interact more appropriately with the deaf community. This course is for any person who may occasionally interact with the deaf either personally or professionally.  Offered occasionally.  

REC 449 Cr. 1 Internship/Professional Preparation

In-depth coverage of the requirements for REC 450 internship and preparation of students for a smooth transition to the recreation management profession. Prerequisite: recreation management major with senior standing, completion of 50-hour junior level experience, a minimum GPA of 2.50, and completion or concurrent enrollment in all remaining REC 200, 300 and 400 level required courses, except for REC 450. Offered Fall, Spring.   

REC 450 Cr. 16 Internship

Internship with a university approved recreation business or agency. An on-site practitioner and university faculty supervisor closely supervise the student’s progress. The student experiences a smooth transition form university academics to the recreation management profession. Approved sites include public sector (e.g., parks and recreation agencies, public schools and universities); non-profit/private sector (e.g., voluntary and youth agencies, church organizations); and for-profit sector (e.g., fitness/sport centers, hospitality, tourism, and retail businesses). Prerequisite: REC 449, declared recreation management major, senior standing, 2.50 cumulative GPA or 3.00 for placement outside of 250-mile radius, all required REC/RTH courses completed, American Red Cross Standard First Aid and CPR certification (must be current throughout the REC 450 experience) and approved student internship agreement. Offered Fall, Spring.  

REC 480/580 Cr. 3 Outdoor Education

This course explores a variety of subjects associated with outdoor education. Class emphasis will be placed on leadership of interpretative programs, appreciation of natural resources, and resource management techniques for a wide spectrum of outdoor recreation settings.* Offered Spring.  

REC 481/581 Cr. 1-3 Outdoor Pursuits

This course provides skill development and leadership techniques in outdoor recreation activities commonly associated with wilderness and roadless areas. Emphasis on backcountry ethics and safety will be stressed. A field trip will be required. Examples: backpacking, canoeing, bicycling, rock climbing, fishing, camping, and/or cross country skiing. Repeatable for credit – maximum six.*  Offered occasionally.     *One of the following courses will be offered each semester: REC 202, 375, 480, 481, and RTH 474    

REC 491/591 Cr. 1-3 Workshop in Recreation Management

Group study of varying recreation and parks 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, and REC/RTH 491. Offered occasionally.  

REC 495 Cr. 1-3 Independent Study in Recreation

Individualized study of areas not available in existing courses. Prerequisite: junior standing, consent of departmental staff and chairperson. Repeatable for credit – maximum six.  Offered Fall, Spring.  

REC 497 Cr. 1-3 Special Projects in Recreation Management

 Individualized study of areas not available in existing courses or independent study. Program Project: 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 include Camp Placement Day, Riverfest, and Oktoberfest events. Prerequisite: junior standing, consent of chairperson and student’s adviser, REC 300 or RTH 458. Repeatable for credit  - maximum six.  Offered Fall, Spring.  

REC 499 Cr. 1-3 Seminar in Recreation and Parks

Intensive study of some specific area of interest in recreation. Prerequisite: 2.75 grade point average, senior standing. Repeatable for credit – maximum three. Offered occasionally.

Therapeutic Recreation (RTH)

RTH/REC 105 Cr. 3 Multicultural Recreation and Cultural Competency

 This course involves examination of past and present play, recreation, and leisure of racial/ethnic minorities in America. The course will introduce students to some of the critical issues impacting the multicultural recreation experience. Knowledge and leadership skills needed for cultural competence in leisure service delivery will be examined. (Cross-listed with REC, may only earn credit in RTH or REC.) Offered occasionally.  

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 150. (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 Fall, Spring.  

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 150 or concurrent enrollment. Offered Fall, Spring.  

RTH 252 Cr. 3 Innovative Activities in Therapeutic Recreation

This course acquaints students who will work with persons with disabilities and special needs in therapeutic recreation settings with various recreation activities to enhance functional skills and foster meaningful recreation participation. Activity selection, analysis, planning, and modifications will be combined with various leadership styles. Prerequisite: RTH 250 or concurrent enrollment. Offered Fall.  

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 319 Cr. 3  Leadership and Supervision in Therapeutic Recreation

Study of leadership and supervisory management as they apply to the therapeutic recreation profession. Analysis of traditional leadership styles and theories. Application of the staffing, directing, and controlling functions of supervisory management. Analysis of common issues related to full-time entry managers in therapeutic recreation including diversity management and hiring people with disabilities. Prerequisite: junior standing. Offered Fall, Spring  

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. Offered Fall, Spring.  

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 Spring.  

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 Fall.  

RTH 330 Cr. 2 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. Offered Spring.  

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. 2 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 326 or RTH 327. RTH major or CYC emphasis. Offered Fall.  

RTH 345 Cr. 2 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. Prerequisite: RTH 250.  Offered occasionally.  

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. Offered Fall, Summer.  

RTH 400/500 Cr. 3 Child Life Theory and Practice

This course introduces future certified child life specialists and others to theories and techniques of providing services to reduce anxiety of children and families in hospitals and alternative settings. This course develops understanding and affirmation of the values of supporting individual development, family-centered care, play, therapeutic relationships, developmentally appropriate communication, professional collaboration, defined clinical competencies, and research findings that examine the practice of child life. Prerequisite: PSY 210 or 212 or CYC 210. Offered Spring.  

RTH 401/501 Cr. 2 Child Life Facilitation of Psychosocial Support

This course introduces future certified child life specialists and others to providing psychosocial support and intervention techniques that help children and families cope with stress from hospitalization or life events that disrupt normal development. Techniques for using play, recreation, creative arts modalities, and supportive activities including volunteer provision are explored. Prerequisite: PSY 210 or 212 or CYC 210. Offered Fall.  

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, RTH 326 or 327; successful 50 hours of therapeutic recreation experience. Offered Fall, Spring.  

RTH 462/562 Cr. 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 456/556.  Offered Fall, Spring.  

RTH 470/570 Cr. 3 Facilitation Techniques in Therapeutic Recreation

 This course presents 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, RTH 326 or 327, RTH 456 or concurrent enrollment. Offered Fall, Spring.  

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.* Offered occasionally.     *One of the following courses will be offered each semester: REC 202, 375, 480, 481, and RTH 474    

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. Offered Fall, Spring.  

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. Offered Fall.  

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. Offered occasionally.  

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. Offered occasionally.  

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 must be taken the last semester prior to internship. Prerequisite: MTH 145, RTH 456. Offered Fall, Spring.    

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 six. Offered Fall, Spring, Summer.  

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. Offered Fall, Spring.  

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 six. Offered Fall, Spring, Summer.  

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. Offered Fall, Spring, Summer.