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UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM AND COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

RECREATION MANAGEMENT (REC)

College of Science and Health

Department Chair:  Steven Simpson

2036 Health Science Center; 608/785-8207

E-mail: ssimpson@uwlax.edu


www.uwlax.edu/sah/rmtr


Professors: Murray, Navar, Simpson, Associate Professors: Ardovino, Holland, Assistant Professors: Berns, Chung, Harmon, Lewis, Senior Lecturers: Widuch, Lecturers: Braun, Associate Lecturers: Delong, Savarese


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) 64 credits (80 total credits including interdisciplinary requirements)

Core Requirements: REC 150, 151, 200, 202, 300, 302, 304, 306, 320, 340, 351, 400, 401, 402, 404, 420, 449, 450; RTH 325.

Interdisciplinary Requirements (16 credits from): ACC 221 or 235; ECO 110; ENG 307; MTH 145; POL 102.

Other Requirements:
   A. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 or greater to enter the program.
   B. Prior to enrollment in REC 449, majors must complete two 50-hour professional experiences. These are non-class field experience at recreation management agencies.
   C. Before enrolling in Internship (REC 450), all required REC and RTH courses must be completed with a grade of 'C' or better; and the student must have a cumulative UWL GPA of at least 2.5.


Therapeutic Recreation Major

(Science and Health): 73-75 credits excluding General Education credits 
I.   General Education Courses: BIO 103 or 105 or MIC 100, MTH 145, PSY 100
II.  Interdisciplinary Requirements: PSY 212, 304, ESS 205 or BIO 312.
III. Professional Core Requirements: REC 150, 200, RTH 250, 252, 319, 326, 327, 355, 456, 462, 470, 476, 480, 493, 496, 498 (16 credits).
IV. Elective Courses (minimum of five to six credits are required; one elective course must be chosen from List 1 below):
     1. RTH 105, 314, 330, 332, 333, 345, 400, 401, 483.
     2. RTH 203, 204, 215, 402, 403, 404, 474, 491, 495, 497, REC 430, PSY 305, 313, 318, 343, 347, 382, 401, 417; HED 205, 345, 412, 469, 472.

Other Requirements:          
A. A successful 50 hours of therapeutic recreation experience (volunteer or paid) must be documented before enrolling in RTH 456. For written guideline and evaluation forms see the TR homepage.
B. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.50 or greater to enter program.
C. Students must obtain a therapeutic recreation faculty adviser when admitted. Advisers are assigned by the SAH College Dean's Office.
D. 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 2.50.


Recreation Management Minor

(All colleges excluding therapeutic recreation majors) 19 credits – REC 150, 151, 200, 300; nine credits of electives chosen from REC 202, 302, 304, 305, 306, 320, 340, 351, 375, 400, 401, 402, 404, 420, 481, 491, 495, 497, 499; RTH 325. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.50 or greater to enter the program.


Recreation Management Minor for Therapeutic Recreation Majors

18 credits – REC 150, 200, 401; RTH 319; six credits of electives chosen from REC 202, 300, 304, 305, 306, 320, 340, 351, 375, 400, 402, 404, 420, 481, 491, 495, 497, 499. 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, appropriate programming, 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 golf 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; two to 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 three to four credits to reach a total of 21 credits): RTH 203, 204, 215, 252, 325, 326, 327, 330, 345, 480; REC 200, 202, 304, 305; PSY 304; ESS 233, 435.


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.


Recreation Management/ Therapeutic Recreation Course Availability:

THERAPEUTIC RECREATION (RTH)
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 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 or therapeutic recreation majors.



RECREATION MANAGEMENT (REC)


+ next to a course number indicate a GENERAL EDUCATION course


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  151  Cr.1

Introduction to Recreation Management

This course serves as an introduction to the field of recreation management focusing on the exploration of career areas in the profession and the service delivery systems which define recreation management.   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 and REC, RTH, or CYC major/minor plan.  Offered Fall, Spring.


REC  202  Cr.2

Leisure, Nature, and Contemplative Experiences

This course utilizes natural environments as a venue for experientially teaching Recreation Management students the role of leisure in a complete and balanced lifestyle. Weekend field trips will be required. Prerequisite: REC 150; REC or RTH major/minor plan.  Offered Fall, Spring.


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, REC 200 (or concurrent enrollment); REC or RTH major/minor plan.  Offered Fall, Spring.


REC  302  Cr.3

Recreation Supervision and Human Resource Management

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; REC or RTH major/minor plan.  Offered Fall, Spring.


REC  304  Cr.3

Maintenance of Recreation Facilities

An introduction to maintenance of recreation facilities, parks and outdoor recreation areas and the efficient operation and management of aquatic facilities. Prerequisite: junior standing; REC or RTH major/minor plan.  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; REC, RTH, and/or ESS sport management major/minor plan.  Offered Occasionally.


REC  306  Cr.3

Environmental Ethics, Outdoor Recreation and 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 Fall, Spring.


REC  320  Cr.3

Principles and Practices of Tourism

An introduction to the nature and scope of tourism that is intimately related to recreation. This course provides a basic understanding of tourism from the tourism system perspective. The topics include tourist behavior, special-interest tourism, destination marketing, economic, social-cultural, and environmental impacts of tourism on a destination, and sustainable tourism development. In addition to the business and economic benefits of tourism, it also examines the social aspects of tourism. Prerequisite: REC or RTH major/minor plan. Open to non-majors with instructor permission.  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; REC or RTH major/minor plan.  Offered Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer.


REC  351  Cr.3

Civic Engagement in the Recreation Profession

Recreation professionals need to be leaders in their communities and advocates for quality recreation and leisure. This course 1.) explores the recreation profession's role in civic engagement and 2.) identifies ways that the general citizenry can be brought into public discussion on issues about recreation programs and facilities. Prerequisite: junior standing; recreation management major plan.  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. Repeatable for credit - maximum 6. May require field trip. Prerequisite: REC or RTH major/minor plan. No student may earn more than six credits in REC 375, RTH 490 and REC/RTH 491.  Offered Occasionally.


REC 400/500  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; REC or RTH major/minor plan.  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 or RTH 319; REC or RTH major/minor plan.  Offered Fall, Spring.


REC 402/502  Cr.3

Risk Management in Leisure Service Organizations

This course will identify the primary components of risk management and deals with the legal aspects of tort liability and contracts in leisure service organizations. It is designed to equip students with the basic knowledge necessary to understand and manage legal risks associated with leisure service organizations. Prerequisite: REC 401 or concurrent enrollment; junior standing; REC or RTH major/minor plan.  Offered Fall, Spring.


REC 404/504  Cr.3

Budgeting in the Recreation Enterprise

Emphasis is placed on budget development, implementation and management decision-making within the recreation and park enterprise. This course introduces students to various contextual operational budgets within governmental and non-profit enterprises. Prerequisite: REC 401 or concurrent enrollment; ECO 110; junior standing; REC or RTH major plan.  Offered Fall, Spring.


REC 420/520  Cr.3

Revenue Management in Recreation Enterprises

This course covers prices and pricing from both managerial and behavioral perspectives in recreation, parks, and tourism settings. While the managerial aspects of pricing include pricing policy/strategy and revenue management (defined as selling perishable service products to the right customer at the right time for the right price), the behavioral aspects include psychology of pricing, price fairness, price perceptions, and willingness-to-pay for non-market goods. Prerequisite: REC 320; ACC 221 or ACC 235; junior standing; REC or RTH major/minor plan.  Offered Fall, Spring.


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: REC major; senior standing; completion of at least two 50 hr experiences in rec or parks; 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 from 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; REC major plan; senior standing; 2.50 cumulative UW-L GPA or 3.00 for placement outside of 250-mile radius; all required REC/RTH courses completed; approved internship agreement.  Offered Fall, Spring, Summer.


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 6. Prerequisite: junior standing.  Offered Occasionally.


REC 491/591  Cr.1 - 3

Workshops in Recreation and Parks

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. . Prerequisite: junior standing; REC or RTH major/minor plan. 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. Repeatable for credit - maximum 6. Prerequisite: junior standing; REC or RTH major/minor plan.  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. Repeatable for credit - maximum 6. Prerequisite: REC 300 or RTH 493; junior standing; consent of chairperson and student's adviser; REC or RTH major/minor plan.  Offered Fall, Spring.


REC  499  Cr.1 - 3

Seminar in Recreation

Intensive study of some specific area of interest in recreation. Repeatable for credit - maximum 3. Prerequisite: minimum 2.75 GPA; senior standing; REC or RTH major/minor plan.  Offered Occasionally.



THERAPEUTIC RECREATION (RTH)


+ next to a course number indicate a GENERAL EDUCATION course


RTH  203  Cr.3

Outdoor Recreation Skills for Persons with Special Need

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 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 (may be taken concurrently if student has earned 30 credits or more.)  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; RTH major or minor plan.  Offered Fall, Spring.


RTH  260  Cr.1 - 2

Assistive Devices & 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. Prerequisite: RTH major plan.  Offered Occasionally.


RTH  314  Cr.2

Wheelchair Sports and Recreation

An introduction to wheelchair sports, recreation and leisure activities. Emphasis is given to the history of wheelchair sports and rules with special emphasis on participation in traditional and nontraditional wheelchair sport activities. Students will be introduced to a number of wheelchair sports including basketball, soccer, volleyball, football, rugby, tennis, bowling, softball, etc. Prerequisite: RTH 325 or RTH 326 or RTH 327.  Offered Spring.


RTH  319  Cr.3

Leadership and Supervision in Therapeutic Recreation

This course is designed to study leadership and supervisory management as applied to the therapeutic recreation profession. The following topics are addressed: analysis of traditional leadership styles and theories; application of staffing, directing, and controlling functions of supervisory management; analysis of common issues related to full-time entry level 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 spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, aging, stroke, cancer, diabetes, visual impairment, hearing impairment, cardiac dysfunction, HIV/ AIDS, COPD, amputation, corrections, cultural competence, and others.  RTH 326 may precede or follow RTH 327. Prerequisite: RTH 250 or concurrent enrollment.  Offered Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer.


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 intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, pediatrics, autism, epilepsy, spina bifida, ADHD, depression, schizophrenia, multiple sclerosis, chemical dependency, and others. RTH 327 may precede or follow RTH 326. Prerequisite: RTH 250 or concurrent enrollment.  Offered Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer.


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; RTH 326 or RTH 327. RTH or CYC major/minor plan.  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; RTH 326 or RTH 327; RTH major/minor plan.  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 RTH 326 or RTH 327; RTH or CYC major/minor plan.  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; RTH 326 or RTH 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 PSY 212 or CYC 210; junior standing.  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 PSY 212 or CYC 210; junior standing; REC or RTH major/minor plan.  Offered Fall.


RTH 402/502  Cr.3

Helping Children Cope with Grief and Loss

This online course provides in-depth knowledge of pediatric practice in the area of grief and death to students majoring in Therapeutic Recreation. The course will examine personal responses to grief and death; multicultural responses to grief and death; ethical and moral issues related to death and dying; how children deal with death and dying of a sibling or parent; and how children deal with their own impending death. The course will provide the current thoughts and practices necessary for students to prepare for the job market. Prerequisite: PSY 210 or PSY 212 or CYC 210; junior standing.  Offered Fall.


RTH 403/503  Cr.3

Helping Children Cope with and Manage Pain

The intent of this online course is to provide in-depth knowledge of pediatric practice in the area of coping and pain management for students majoring in Therapeutic Recreation. The course will examine: current thoughts and practices on the subject of pain and how it affects the body; tools that assess pain; ways to help children cope with their own pain; and techniques that supplement common pain medications. The course will provide the current thoughts and practices necessary for students to prepare for the job market. Prerequisite: PSY 210 or PSY 212 or CYC 210; junior standing.  Offered Spring.


RTH 404/504  Cr.3

Coping with Pediatric Disabling Conditions

This online course provides in-depth knowledge of pediatric practice in the area of coping with pediatric disabling conditions for students majoring in Therapeutic Recreation. The course will examine common disabling conditions and diseases that affect infants, children, and adolescents; how these conditions affect the child and the family; and how chronically ill children are impacted at each stage of their development. The course will provide the current thoughts and practices necessary for students to prepare for the job market. Prerequisite: PSY 210 or PSY 212 or CYC 210; junior standing.  Offered Summer.


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 RTH 327; junior standing.  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; junior standing.  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 RTH 327; RTH 456 or concurrent enrollment; junior standing; RTH or CYC major/minor plan.  Offered Fall, Spring.


RTH 474/574  Cr.3

Experiential Education: Facilitation Techniques in 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.* Prerequisite: junior standing.  Offered Occasionally.


RTH 476/576  Cr.3

Assessment & Treatment Planning-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; junior standing; RTH major plan.  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.  Gerontology students should have completed one core gerontology course and have permission from the director of therapeutic recreation. Prerequisite: RTH 456, RTH 470; junior standing; RTH or GTL major/minor plan.  Offered Fall, Spring.


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; junior standing; RTH or CYC major/minor plan.  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. Prerequisite: RTH major plan. 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 should be taken the last semester prior to internship. Prerequisite: MTH 145, RTH 456; junior standing; RTH major plan.  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 6. Prerequisite: RTH major plan.  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. 50 hours of pre-internship experience must be verified with at least a satisfactory rating prior to enrolling. Prerequisite: accepted into the therapeutic recreation major; junior standing; verified 50 hours of pre-internship experience. 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.  Repeatable for credit — maximum 6. Prerequisite: REC 300 or RTH 456; junior standing; consent of student's adviser; RTH major plan.  Offered Fall, Spring, Summer.


RTH  498  Cr.12 - 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.  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. Prerequisite: therapeutic recreation major plan; senior standing; 2.50 cumulative GPA.  Offered Fall, Spring, Summer.